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New study solves energy storage and supply puzzle

New study solves energy storage and supply puzzle


Full article issued by Curtin University.

ARC Future Fellow, Associate Professor Simone Ciampi from Curtin University’s School of Molecular and Life Sciences has found an easy, low-cost method of determining how to produce and retain the highest energy charge in a capacitor. The technology could be of great benefit to all scientists, engineers and start-ups looking to solve the energy storage challenges of the future.

'All electronic devices require an energy source. While a battery needs to be recharged over time, a capacitor can be charged instantaneously because it stores energy by separating charged ions, found in ionic liquids,' says Dr Ciampi.

'There are thousands of types of ionic liquids, a type of 'liquid salt', and until now, it was difficult to know which would be best suited for use in a capacitor. What our team has done is devise a quick and easy test, able to be performed in a basic lab, which can measure both the ability to store charge when a solid electrode touches a given ionic liquid – a simple capacitor – as well as the stability of the device when it’s charged.'

Dr Ciampi says that the study has also been able to unveil a model that can predict which ionic liquid is likely to be the best performing for fast charging and long-lasting energy storage.

Funded by the ARC, the study was led by Curtin University, in collaboration with The Australian National University and Monash University.


Image Credit: unlike batteries, capacitors can be charged instantly. Source: Pixabay (Public Domain). 

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