A group of engineers at Micron, the world’s largest maker of capacitors, are developing a new type of supercapactitor that could revolutionise the way we manufacture batteries.
The technology, called supercapicorns, is based on a material called anionic silica, and is being used to make the batteries used in smartphones and tablets.
A battery made of anionic silicon is about 10 times denser than an ordinary silicon, which means it can be used to store more energy than lithium-ion batteries.
The new material can store up to 50 per cent more energy per cell.
The company, which sells batteries under the name Micron Power, said the new supercell could potentially save the world billions of dollars in the long run.
Micron Power’s CEO, David Lee, told the Associated Press news agency the new material could be used in the next decade to produce more than 50 per,000 of the devices that are used to power our cars and homes.
The materials used in supercapacs are so thin that they can be deposited onto a chip.
Micron is building a device with a 1,000 nanometre-thick layer that is about the thickness of a human hair, and it uses the technique to make a battery.
Lee said the technology is so powerful it could power everything from a mobile phone to a solar panel.
Micron, which is based in South Korea, has developed the technology for about $1,500 per kilogram, about half the price of an ordinary capacitor.
“We’re really excited about the potential that we’re seeing in supercaps,” Lee said.
“It’s a major advance in our research and development.
It’s just the beginning.”
Lee has said the company hopes to create supercapACs in the future that could save billions of pounds in the world of battery manufacturing.
Microns main competitor, Panasonic, is also developing a battery for cars that is more expensive than supercap ACs, but is not as efficient.
Panthenol, which can be found in batteries used to manufacture solar panels, is often used to reduce the amount of power required to charge a cell phone.