Many industries such transportation, manufacturing, construction, renewable energy, aerospace or consumer technology are driving innovation in supercapacitors, due to its advantages over batteries. Among others, supercapacitors charge and discharge much faster than batteries, present longer lifecycles and deliver quick bursts of energy during peak power demands, allowing them to be used in many applications. Automotive industry and motor manufacturers like Ford and Volvo are investing in this technology. The involvement of carmakers as Tesla, Delphi Automotive, Continental or Valeo, indicates the short adoption time of supercapacitors in the market. Particularly, Elon Musk (Tesla and SpaceX) has predicted that it would be supercapacitors that ultimately drive the electric vehicle revolution, even that these could replace batteries in electric cars within some years, providing cranking power and voltage stabilization in start/stop systems or as energy storage in regenerative braking systems.
But the applications of supercapacitors go beyond the electric vehicles. For example, supercapacitors can be used as wearable power sources, which works like a fast-charging that could combine with energy-harvesting devices. Wire-shaped supercapacitors have attracted great attention due to their unique structures and their capability to be integrated into textiles as portable energy storage, self-powered biosensors or other biomedical devices, particularly for applications inside the body. A notable theme inside this area is placed sensors on exercise shirts, socks and shoe soles so that athletes can wirelessly track their workouts and doctors can monitor the health. For this end, also conductive inks are being printed in textiles with stretchable wiring and electronic sensors.
According to Gartner’s Hype Cycle, method widely used to evaluate emerging technologies, supercapacitors hit peak hype should be back in 2015. However, the development of these technologies is increasing in terms of energy density storage, and the scalability is closer to industrialization.
In conclusion, it seems that many investors and observers predict the technology will go further, converting numerous industries and even more than the supercapacitors is looking increasingly likely arrive in the medium term. This hypothesis is supported by the report “Super Capacitor Market – Segmented by type of capacitor (double layer, pseudo, hybrid), End-user Industry (aerospace & defense, utilities, industrial), and Region – Growth, Trends and Forecasts (2018 – 2023)”, where the supercapacitor market was valued at USD 0.76 billion in 2017, and is expected to reach a value of USD 2.25 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 19.88%, over the forecast period (2018 – 2023
From Gnanomat bet on supercapacitors as a viable alternative of energy store devices with a huge range of final applications. Our aim is the development of new electrode materials capable to compete in the market and to improve electrochemical properties of commercial supercapacitors and batteries.