How Supercapacitors Could Make Batteries a Thing of the Past

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

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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43 comments

Raptor Fast September 4, 2019 - 10:32 PM

Finally Super capacitors are a thing! Lamborghini just unveiled a new V12 with super capacitors.

Michael Morrison September 13, 2019 - 4:43 AM

I have to wear contacts everyday ot else I can't see shit

Ozzie Wozzie Original September 14, 2019 - 7:09 PM

still dreaming of a perfect battery

RYG September 21, 2019 - 5:46 PM

Who else is here after Lamborghini. Soon reveal?

Cxld Bleach October 7, 2019 - 7:39 PM

How dare you insult Elon Musk like that I am unsubscribing!

Steve Wilson October 7, 2019 - 8:10 PM

Thrilling research. I hope it comes to be.

Joseph Stalin Biden Communist Sniff Lord October 8, 2019 - 1:20 PM

The end of the combustion engine

genkisudo October 15, 2019 - 2:13 PM

Anybody come here from “real engineering”?

https://youtu.be/DE_PZQ13YTY

Sucharith Battina October 31, 2019 - 9:21 AM

Good Boy.

RWBHere November 17, 2019 - 10:14 AM

Capacitor technology is a very long way short of producing capacitors with the same energy capacity of even a NiMH cell. At present, they can hold around 2% of the energy of an AA cell, if they are the same physical size. 
Capacitors can accept and dump their relatively small amount of electrostatic charge very rapidly, limited only by their internal resistance, whereas batteries rely on a chemical reaction, which is inherently much slower (ions are moving, not the very much smaller electrons), but their charge capacity is huge, compared to a capacitor of similar volume.

Nyaluogo Walter December 29, 2019 - 11:36 AM

I'm watching this video in 2019, we're charging EVs in minutes

Alphaville86 January 7, 2020 - 11:37 AM

First the proposal was hydrogen cell, I wonder what happened to those.

Jeffrey Rodriguez January 8, 2020 - 8:08 PM

I hope they don’t take decades “researching”😒.

Ильдус Гильмутдинов January 31, 2020 - 5:44 PM

Hey, universal energy sistem
The earth 🌍 kinetic power sistem https://youtu.be/VXhL5V2oUfU

iSebbe April 4, 2020 - 6:04 PM

Tesla will probably talk more about this this month. April 2020

Barrie Singleton April 7, 2020 - 10:34 PM

The silly music added nothing.

Bainsworth May 10, 2020 - 9:37 AM

how does that work, i would assume a polymer would fall under the insulator camp not a conductor, how can a polymer store electrons.

Christiena Mosley May 20, 2020 - 12:04 AM

The flux capacitor in real life #BTTF

Mohammed Zulk June 1, 2020 - 11:11 PM

Don’t be silly…people want sustained power ie high CCA not a sudden burst of electrical power followed by nothing due to a discharged capacitor.

Energy Eve June 4, 2020 - 1:10 PM

There are definitely trade offs to using batteries versus Supercapacitors. I am working towards my PhD on studying Battery materials and I can't wait to see what the future holds for these technologies.

Chinchilla June 22, 2020 - 8:46 PM

Then the price of the machine to charge your items that can handle the amount of electricity to pump into the super capacitor will cost a arm and a leg smh

Customer Service June 22, 2020 - 10:24 PM

So, we gonna the Internet in our eyes eventually on contact lenses?

CommanderLVJ1 July 1, 2020 - 9:47 PM

It does not matter as to who did or did not think or say what: but it does matter as to logic reason evidence proof fact and reality, And not only the reality of the situation but also reality itself.

Karaar Ismandhar July 14, 2020 - 8:50 PM

If we could develop it . Base of the law of economic it will be never available for regular folk. Probably for military at best.

Chris Prendergast July 15, 2020 - 4:16 PM

Using contact lenses to power technology of the future? I can't see it.

kíňģ žeŕø July 16, 2020 - 10:24 PM

Every time there is a breakthrough in renewable energy the gov will shut them down …. cause you know they have to maintain economy….

R G July 17, 2020 - 10:00 PM

Never heard of this till today, glad to see an alternative source has this great potential, one can only hope for now

Martyn Jones July 28, 2020 - 3:13 PM

Great video thanks super caps are the way forward agreed I have a design that beats lithium Iron and uses no toxic chemicals very sustainable just sorting the leakage issues currently lol pun thanks 👍

smokey potter August 1, 2020 - 1:46 PM

I can fix it all but I won't

Wilhelm Schmied August 4, 2020 - 4:04 PM

do you know what a superconductor dose when it gets to hot and at full load they can expload

Schaden Freude August 22, 2020 - 10:35 PM

Yah. In 2019 Elon acquired Maxwell technologys, who were struggling at the time, but this company was one of several company's making super Caps. They're also trying to scale. up the "solid state battery". Now, that's the real game changer.

Bang Bang August 25, 2020 - 11:55 AM

I think he is picking up radio stations in Germany with those hearing devices. Got to be able to produce a zero point energy device with the frequencies he is receiving. None the less, I still like this guy. Good job buddy. I got big ears too man, advice I was always given run with the wind not against it, could take flight if so.

Dan Furmanek September 14, 2020 - 3:23 PM

Thanks Seeker for keeping us all a breast of current advances in this dearly needed field! Kudos once again!!!

Kirk Hilles September 23, 2020 - 1:02 AM

LOL, I thought this was recent but it turns out it's 2 years old… and still is probably in the same state of "in a decade…"

spinthefastest October 1, 2020 - 1:49 AM

Never going to happen. A battery is a battery and a capacitor is a capacitor.

Mohak N. Gujar December 3, 2020 - 9:37 PM

But they work with batteries not replace them!!

RamSeS Rameez December 9, 2020 - 6:13 PM

All these electric need super capacitor to provides super electricity…

RamSeS Rameez December 9, 2020 - 6:15 PM

All these are very high demand and chemical batteries and all way out fro next decade. But they are developing more power batteries for future of electric car…

Don farlan January 31, 2021 - 7:14 PM

the past is only a guess the future is unimaginable but the present thasts the most rediculous

Don farlan January 31, 2021 - 7:29 PM

before the ev of today years ago people new of the advantages of electric cars how they work and advantages over crappy gas powered cars they nknew

Don farlan January 31, 2021 - 7:32 PM

it makes sence china has ev tec going for them they have all the worlds rare earth ,mountains of it

Ricardo Molina April 23, 2021 - 9:17 PM

Y not fly thats y that have a backup sistum massegechair

Aditya May 4, 2021 - 5:06 PM

Log 9 materials of india is in the stage of Mass production of Supercapacitors to EVs .