EU project develops graphene supercapacitor
A European Union-funded collaborative research project is intended to develop supercapacitor energy storage technology for use in hybrid electric vehicles.
The ElectroGraph project is investigating technology for the development of both electrode materials as well as the electrolyte solutions as required for optimising the overall performance of supercapacitors.
The focus of the research is the combination of graphene and graphene-based material as electrode materials, and use of room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) as electrolyte is the target of development.
These materials will be demonstrated in the functional model of supercapacitor.
“Supercapacitors can be coupled with fuel cells or batteries to deliver high power needed during acceleration as well as to recover the available energy during regenerative braking,” said the ElecrtroGraph programme.
The project is intended to support in Europe the synthesis, processing and application of graphene for industrial technology. With the aim of seeing the production of graphene in volumes required and with properties adjusted for novel electronic components (electrodes/supercapacitors).
The research receives funding from the European Community Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) under Grant Agreement No. 266391.
US-based supercapacitor manufacturer Maxwell Technologies is also working with the EU-funded project.