Our patent pending technology is based on a new material called "Graphene". Graphene is a one atom thick structure of bonded carbon atoms that are densely packed in a honeycomb crystal lattice. It is best described as an atomic scale chicken wire of carbon atoms and their bonds. Shown below are two very high resolution images of single sheets of graphene material.
Our technology is the result of the efforts of the Ruoff research group at the University of Texas at Austin. Prof. Ruoff, who holds the Cockrell Family Regents Chair in the Department of Mechanical Engineeing, states, "Graphene's surface area of 2630 m2/gram, almost the area of a football field in about 1/500th of a pound of material. This means that a greater number of positive or negative ions in the electrolyte can form a layer on the graphene sheets resulting in exceptional levels of stored charge."
After about nine months of research with the new material, they have shown storage abilities similar to those of ultracapacitors already on the market, and they believe Graphene's ultra thin structure will allow for sheets of the material to be stacked to increase energy storage and possibly double the current capacity of Ultracapacitors. This would allow Ultracapacitors to expand into many other renewable and clean energy storage applications. For more details on this technological progress, please refer to following articles.
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