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Breakthrough in energy storage announced

07 December 2016

A major breakthrough in energy storage has been announced by the Universities of Bristol and Surrey, in partnership with Augmented Optics and its subsidiary Supercapacitor Materials.

New materials that offer an alternative to battery power have proven to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times more effective than current storage technology, said the report by Augmented Optics.

It is claimed that the use of new materials will allow electrical cars to have the same range as petrol models and will be able to fully re-charge in the time it takes to fill a car with petrol.

Tests have shown the new option to be safer, more efficient and provide faster charging and improved environmental credentials compared with current batter power and supercapacitor abilities.

In addition to electric cars, the technology has potential for use in energy generation and the use of mobile phones and other electronic devices.

Energy storage has been identified as the key to making renewable electricity generation a more viable proposition and the announcement has numerous implications for the FM sector.

Responding to the announcement, Hilson Moran's Dan Jestico told PFM:

"This research into supercapacitors is a positive step towards meeting renewable energy targets and supports our view of commercial buildings storing energy in cities, reducing their reliance on the power grid."

Mr Jestico further said that the increasing use of tall buildings means cities should explore the option of improved energy storage.

"If we can draw electricity from storage units during peak times, it will help to flatten out the peaks and reduce the demand to build more power stations," he said.

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