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Groundbreaking Research Presents Alternative to Battery Power Supply

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Groundbreaking Research Presents Alternative to Battery Power Supply
Photo shows a Tesla Model S connected to a high speed Supercharger station at the Harris Ranch on Interstate 5 in California’s Central Valley. Snap was taken a few years ago.

The global search for new energy storage technology has led to new ultra capacity transformational innovations. Make way for high energy density supercapacitors that can allow people to recharge their mobile phones and other devices in just a few seconds.

The supercapacitor was proven to be between 1,000-10,000 times more powerful than the traditional battery pack. The technology will most likely have enormous impact on several industries. Foremost among these are aerospace, energy generation, mobile phones, flat screen electronic devices,  biosensors, and transport.

The  faster charging and safer, more efficient and greener alternative to traditional battery power supply has been tested in China. Supercapacitor buses are in use in that part of the world, but with very limited range.

With the new technology, the electric vehicles are allowed to travel a lot further between recharges. Instead of recharging every two to three stops, the new technology allows recharging every 20-30 stops and that will only take a few seconds.

The Visionary CEO

Tesla CEO Elon Musk saw it coming a few years back. Queried by a writer last Christmas for an update on the company’s plan to install solar arrays at Supercharger stations, Musk tweeted that “there are some installed” but full rollout will happen in due time. The social media exchange was not without the typical naysayers, though.

To date, reactions to the online conversation reflects how people generally feel about future developments that continue to be finetuned, like a supercapacitor. While many are awed at the scientific breakthrough touted to pave the path to other exciting developments, some have noted where ultracapacitors can fall short.

The Firms Behind the Scientific Breakthrough

The scientific breakthrough research was made by Augmented Optics Ltd and its wholly owned subsidiary Supercapacitor Materials Ltd., together with the University of Bristol  and University of Surrey.

In the transport sector,  Tesla currently has over 260 Supercharger stations in Europe, but intends to double that number before the Model 3’s European roll-out in 2018.  In the meantime, around 400 sites of ultra fast charging stations  were initially targeted by the joint venture of BMW, Daimler’s Mercedes, Ford, Audi and Porsche, that will be deployed beginning this year.

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