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HESCAP: New generation, High Energy and power density SuperCAPacitor based energy storage system

European project awarded in the call FP7-ENERGY-2009-1 of the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.

The use of supercapacitors is now an energy storage option very promising due to its high power, high efficiency and long service life. However, it is necessary to step up to offset some of its weaknesses.

The main objective of this project is to develop a new generation high energy supercapacitor based system (HESCAP system), capable of storing ten times more energy than the reported State of the Art SC technology, but keeping the high power density, long life cycle and total capital cost of currently available supercapacitors.

This novel approach is based on the recent developments related with the applications of advanced carbide-derive carbons together with nanoparticulate metal oxides in this new generation supercapacitors. Such materials have shown an amazing behaviour not only in terms of intrinsic specific capacitance, but also in their positive effects on the capacitance of conventional carbon electrodes, when they are deposited as nanoporous coatings.

Partners: Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones Técnicas de GipuzKoa (CEIT) (Coordinator); IMDEA Energy Institute; CEA-LETI; Skeleton Technologies; National Technical University of Athens (NTUA); Yunasko (Ukraine)
Funding Institution/Program: European Union/FP7-Cooperation-Call identifier: FP7-ENERGY-2009-1 
Period: April 2010-September 2013
Principal researcher: Jesús Palma

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