MAY 15, 2020 8:34 PM PDT

New Method for Clean Energy Usage

WRITTEN BY: Nouran Amin

A study published in the journal Energy and Environmental Materials discusses new technology that may bring us a step closer to clean energy. The technology is a ground-breaking super-capacitor designed by experts from the University of Surrey with the capability to store and deliver electricity at high power rates especially for mobile applications.

Professor Ravi Silva, Director of the ATI at the University of Surrey, said: "This highly ambitious and impactful work has the potential to change the way we all live our lives -- and it might be what is needed to make the change for an efficient and fast charging solution of harvested energy from the environment. We see this having an impact in all sorts of industries -- from all wearable technology to mobile Internet of Things applications that will launch the 5G revolution. The potential for our super-capacitor is limitless."

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The technology, called Polyaniline (PANI), can revolutionize electric vehicles and reduce renewable-based energy loss in the national grid. It may also advance wind, wave and solar energy by smoothing out the intermittent nature of the energy sources. PANI stores energy through mechanism known as "pseudocapacitance” which is a cheap polymer material that is conductive and can be used as the electrode in a super-capacitor device. The electrode will then store the charge by entrapment through the exchange of electrons.

Ash Stott, lead scientist on the project and Ph.D student from the University of Surrey, said: "The future of global energy will depend on consumers and industry using and generating energy more efficiently and super-capacitors have already been proven to be one of the leading technologies for intermittent storage as well as high-power delivery. Our work, has established a baseline for high energy devices that also operate at high power, effectively widening the range of potential applications."

Source: Science Daily

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Nouran is a scientist, educator, and life-long learner with a passion for making science more communicable. When not busy in the lab isolating blood macrophages, she enjoys writing on various STEM topics.
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