Scientists in the United States have found several shortcomings in the approaches commonly used by scientists to model the structure of electrodes. The group outlines a new approach which it says could lead to the discovery of new materials and combinations that can lead to batteries performing better for longer.
Scientists at Germany’s Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin have made a discovery they say could greatly increase the energy storage capacity of titanium-based ‘MXene’ pseudocapacitors, ultimately leading to faster-charging batteries. The group found adding urea molecules between MXene layers increased the material’s storage capacity by up to 56%.
By engineering the structure of a hard carbon electrode, scientists at the CIC energIGUNE research center have created an ‘ultrafast battery’ which has been shown to combine the energy density of a lithium device with the fast discharge times normally associated with supercapacitors.
The target company, which specializes in supercapacitors, will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elon Musk’s business.
Two innovative new technologies with potential applications in solar were unveiled this week. Research teams across the world are looking at new way to boost solar’s stability by integrating with storage. Scientists in Australia and in China demonstrate their innovative steps toward achieving this.
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