A University of Central Florida (UCF) team of scientists, led by Yeonwoong 'Eric' Jung, has created a supercapacitor battery prototype which has the capability to work like new even after 30,000 recharges.
As a result of the research carried out by the UCF scientists, it might be possible in the future to build high-capacity, ultra-fast-charging batteries which will be able to last longer than a conventional lithium-ion battery by more than 20 times.
According to the details shared by the UCF team, the ultra-fast-charging capability of the supercapacitors is a result of the fact that electricity is statically stored by them on the surface of a material. As such, supercapacitors -- made of nanometer-thick wires -- are coated with "two-dimensional" and almost completely flat material sheets with huge surface areas which can hold lots of electrons.
The end result of the process is a high-density, high-output substrate with a very small footprint. The research could potentially lead to the creation of small, flexible and ultra-thin batteries, enabling greater freedom of design for smartphone makers.
However, as of now, the research unfolding the creation of the supercapacitor battery prototype by the UCF team is being called "proof-of-concept" by Jung. The team is presently trying to get its new process patented.