Queensland University of Technology (QUT) are working on using car body panels as super-capacitors to store electricity. This will allow electric batteries to be more effective – picking up where they fall down – busts of short power and longer trip distances.
The super-capacitors consist of a thin film made of two carbon electrodes sandwiched around an electrolyte. This is able to deliver a quick burst of power or recharge a discharged li-ion battery in minutes. Researcher Marco Notarianni says: “Vehicles need an extra energy spurt for acceleration, and this is where super-capacitors come in,”
It is hoped that this technology will allow all of the power to be stored in this way, making charging and use faster and more efficient. The technology could be transferred to phones and laptops too.