25 Jul '13, 12pm

Thin, Flexible, Energy-Storing Glass Developed #greenbuilding

Thin, Flexible, Energy-Storing Glass Developed #greenbuilding

Researcher and lead author Mohan Manoharan and colleagues report on experiments with various alkali-free glass compositions and thicknesses, comparing their energy density and power density to commercial polymer capacitors currently used in electric vehicles to convert energy from the battery to the electric motor. Because polymer capacitors are designed to operate at lower temperatures, they require a separate cooling system and a larger safety factor, which adds to their bulk. In his research, Manoharan identified 10-micron thick glass from Nippon Electric Glass (NEG) as having an ideal combination of high energy density and power density, with high charge-discharge efficiency at temperatures up to 180 °C and, in more recent experiments, even higher. Partnering with NEG leverages the investment of leading glass manufacturers in developing the processes to create continuo...

Full article: http://greenbuildingelements.com/2013/07/25/thin-flexible...

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