An accidental breakthrough in supercapacitor technology could finally make them more efficient than batteries! Here’s how it could lead to a brighter energy future.
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Energy storage leap could slash electric car charging times
“Researchers have claimed a breakthrough in energy storage technology that could enable electric cars to be driven as far as petrol and diesel vehicles, and recharge in minutes rather than hours.”
A fluke breakthrough could be the missing link for an electric car age
“By 2016, the pair were trying to make their polymer matrix more electrically conductive with an eye on biomedical applications – potentially as an interface between the nervous system and prosthetic limbs. But when they tested the new polymer – a thin, light blue square the size of a postage stamp – something strange happened.”
Next Stop: Ultracapacitor Buses
“Unlike a conventional trolley bus that has to continually touch an overhead power line, Sinautec’s ultracapacitor buses take big sips of electricity every two or three miles at designated charging stations, which double as bus stops. When at these stations, a collector on the top of the bus rises a few feet and touches an overhead charging line. Within a couple of minutes, the ultracapacitor banks stored under the bus seats are fully charged.”
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