Our battery will charge in minutes instead of hours, removing what we believe to be one of the biggest barriers to electric car uptake.
London, United Kingdom (PRWEB) December 08, 2016
Over the past three years, the people behind London based UltraCap, Prof. Vladimir Krstic, from Queens University and metals expert, Nico van Dongen, have been working on an advanced ultra-capacitor that can be used to create a new type of electric storage battery - smaller, lighter and more efficient than any of its predecessors.
Van Dongen says they’ve now achieved exactly that:
‘Our battery will be much lighter and easier to produce than the current Li-ion format. Moreover, it will charge in minutes instead of hours, removing what we believe to be one of the biggest barriers to electric car uptake. And because there’s no chemicals involved, it’s completely eco-friendly. We have no doubt that, once we develop a working prototype, it will revolutionise the electric car industry.’
For the past three years, the team’s work has focussed on creating an ultra-capacitor with a higher dielectric constant than any other electrical storage device previously. This is critical as the dielectric constant represents the ability of a material to store electrical energy in the presence of an electrical field. The higher the value of the dielectric constant, then the easy it is to create a smaller, more lightweight, battery.
Van Dongen believes that the technology could mean the end of the road for bulky, expensive-to-produce, Li-ion batteries and invites interested parties to visit UltraCap’s new website at http://www.ultracapacitor.info to find out more about the breakthrough and how they solved the problem of the creating a higher dielectric constant.
The team behind UltraCap are Nico Van Dongen and Prof Vladimir Krstic.
Nico is a metal industry expert who has held a number of key roles in the sector. His proprietary mixing technique to create a previously insoluble alloy was a key step in the creation of the new ultra capacitor. Nico’s partner is Prof. Krstic, a professor at Queen’s University since 1987 with a long history in government and private sector funded projects. The professor is well known for his research in the area of ceramics and particulate composites.