Inspirational appetizers on unusual startups, emerging trends and bleeding-edge research

Illuminating reaction

Technology

Tamarind peel helps generate power.

With their high energy density, supercapacitors play a crucial role in solar-thermics as they can store large quantities of solar energy quickly.

Except when it’s cold. Then the ions in the electrolyte move between electrodes at significantly reduced speed.

A research team has developed electrodes from a new composite that reacts to sunlight. To achieve this, the pores of a graphene film were filled with a conductive polymer.

At -30°C, the supercapacitor’s efficiency when placed under solar irradiation was raised to levels normally found at room temperature.

At room temperature, meanwhile, storage capacity was 4.8 times greater. Even after 10,000 charging and discharging cycles, the supercapacitor’s storage capacity was 85.8%.

Sunny prospects.

Share the inspiration

Previous articleLone hand
Next articleFlowing switch

More Chillipicks In This Category

Stay Connected

Get a head start with the weekly newsletter

Sign up for your weekly inspiration sent directly to your inbox each friday. Providing you with positive news on innovation. Get a fresh perspective, sparking ideas and preparing you for warm-hearted conversations.

Related Chillipicks