Ceit coordinates the design of an efficient and sustainable energy storage system.
The number of applications that require the use of stored energy continues to grow daily: electric vehicles, rail transport, smart grids, integrating clean energy sources (wind, solar, tidal, etc.) into the energy marketplace, etc.
Energy storage systems based on supercapacitors are very promising. However, research on these types of devices continues because to date their energy storage capacity is less than that of traditional batteries. This challenge is driving the HESCAP project, which involves a consortium of European technology centres whose members will have their first face-to-face meeting at CEIT at the end of June.
The main goal is to design an energy storage system with high energy and power densities, creating a new generation of supercapacitors. The project is focused on developing new supercapacitor cells that multiply the storage system's capacity tenfold. These cells are based on recent discoveries related to uses of nanocrystalline metal oxides, which allow for an increase in the capacitance of conventional carbon electrodes.
The project is also building new sensors that can detect device malfunction as well as electronics and power systems that are able to manage the energy stored in the cells more efficiently. Additionally, the project aims to develop environmentally sustainable methods for selecting the materials to be used in building all the system's components.
All told, the HESCAP project in a major advance in the field of energy storage and will have many uses in the transport and renewable energy sectors.
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