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A test battery is connected to leads to measure its ability to store charge.
The DOE has funded a factory to produce activated carbon materials that could improve ultracapacitors for batteries and energy-storage devices, but it's not clear that battery manufacturers and automakers will have much use for the material in the next few years.
Date: 10/12/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
Battery breakthroughs could lower costs and improve performance for electric vehicles and renewable energy storage, but commercializing these new technologies will be challenging.
Date: 06/29/2010
Technologies: Batteries
Crumpled sheets of graphene.
New graphene ultracapacitors have five times the energy density of current commercial devices, thanks to the increased surface area of the "crumpled" graphene nanomaterial.
Date: 12/08/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials, Energy Storage
Adding a coating of graphene or carbon nanotubes is showing promise for improving the energy density of traditional ultracapacitors and may have applications for the lithium-ion battery market as well.
Date: 10/06/2011
Type: News
Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a method for quickly and cheaply mass-producing graphene, a carbon material that could improve the efficiency of energy storage.
Date: 06/22/2010
Type: Article
A research team at the University of Texas has made interesting new structures from graphene. The one atom thick material forms a network of tunnels, leading to high surface areas and potentially high energy storage.
Date: 05/31/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Storage
Ultracapacitor maker Nesscap has raised initial funding that it says will enable the company to make ultracapacitors with significantly improved performance.
Date: 09/29/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Energy Storage
A Chinese company and its U.S. partner are looking at ways of replacing mass transportation with electrically powered buses that use ultracapacitors to sustain a charge.
Date: 10/19/2009
Type: News
MIT spinoff FastCAP Systems has recived a $5.35 million grant for high-risk/high-reward inovative research into ultracapcitor technology.
Date: 10/30/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Energy Storage
Venture capital dollar spending seems to point to lithium-ion batteries coupled with ultracapacitors being the major technologies for energy storage applications.
Date: 09/29/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage

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