Graphene Micro Supercapacitors: Miracle in Energy Storage
Researchers at UCLA are in the midst of pursuing a true miracle in energy storage, through the use of graphene for supercapacitor production. Graphene is a flexible, strong and very highly conductible carbon product that has the ability to store energy in a faster method than anything we currently have. To put it into perspective, the use of graphene supercapacitors could allow you to plug your cell phone in and have it completely charged in just a few minutes. Another idea for common use would be to have the ability to plug your electric car in, and instead of it taking hours, it will take only the amount of time it would normally take for you to fill your tank at the local gas station to bring a full charge.
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Supercapacitors are the wave of the future. Without them, we are stuck in the clunky battery ridden world that is incredibly old school compared to the technologies that we have at our fingertips. Looking forward to seeing how this goes.June 14th, 2013 at 5:29 pm
Watched a program about the development of these supercapacitors. There are a lot of companies doing research and development but there seemed to be a lot of problems on the chemical processes and the overall size. Sounds like these guys have spent some good time and effort figuring out how to get around both of these problems.June 13th, 2013 at 5:38 pm
Glad to hear about this. Those people at UCLA really know what they are doing. So many scientists have been talking about this for years, but no one (until now) has come up with an answer. The whole idea of hybrid and electric cars has been great, with the exception of the batteries. Prices have come down from the originals, but they are still a hefty investment and people just don’t want that kind of expense. If the supercapacitors can add longer life, faster charging and a lower price, this is the kind of thing we have been waiting for.June 12th, 2013 at 7:43 pm