1. Structural Supercapacitor Stores Energy, Bears Mechanical Load

    Structural Supercapacitor Stores Energy, Bears Mechanical Load

    Vanderbilt University scientists have developed a structural supercapacitor that efficiently stores electricity and can simultaneously bear mechanical load. This discovery has a wide range of potential applications, such as a laptop whose casing serves as its battery.

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    1. In an unpackaged, structurally integrated state our supercapacitor can store more energy and operate at higher voltages than a packaged, off-the-shelf commercial supercapacitor, even under intense dynamic and static forces.
    2. Battery performance metrics change when you're putting energy storage into heavy materials that are already needed for structural integrity.
    3. The biggest problem with designing load-bearing supercaps is preventing them from delaminating.
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