Scientists at RMIT have created a ground-breaking solar film that could change the way we power our electronics. With the help of supercapacitors, not only can this electrode capture solar energy, but store it better than existing technology. The possibilities for application of this flexible film seem almost endless. Solar energy is not only a solution for commerical power issues, it's moving toward our own personal devices. Could this be the beginning of the end for our pesky charging cords? We will have to wait and see.
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A new type of electrode developed by researchers at RMIT University has the potential to not only boost the capacity of existing energy storage technologies by 3000 per cent, but it opens the door to the development of flexible, thin film, all-in-one solar capture and storage. We're talking the means to self-powering smart phones, laptops, cars and buildings.
And it has all been inspired by a plant.
The new electrode is designed to work with supercapacitors, which can charge and discharge power much faster than conventional batteries. Supercapacitors have been combined with solar, but their wider use as a storage solution is restricted because of their limited capacity.