Researchers from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru and the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in South Korea have collaborated to develop light-powered supercapacitors, highlighting the potential for renewable energy storage.
“The collaboration leverages the expertise and resources of both institutions to address critical challenges in energy storage technology. The joint effort has resulted in the successful development of a novel and sustainable solution that holds great potential for commercialization and widespread adoption,” said Dr Ashok Kumar Ganguli of IISc.
Supercapacitors are renowned for their ability to store and deliver large amounts of energy rapidly. However, they have relied on external power sources for charging and energy storage.
The research team has achieved a breakthrough by integrating a light-sensitive material into the supercapacitors and charging them with solar energy. The innovative approach holds tremendous potential to revolutionize multiple industries, offering efficient and sustainable energy solutions for various applications.
According to a release, the implications of the research are vast as the development of light-powered supercapacitors can bring about a revolution in energy storage, particularly in areas such as electric vehicles, renewable energy systems, and portable electronics. They provide a cleaner and more sustainable solution for energy storage, reducing reliance on fossil fuels. Additionally, their fast-charging capability and high energy density make them suitable for applications requiring quick bursts of power.