The Company’s BioSuperCap Technology Has Demonstrated Stability for Over 50,000 Charge-Discharge Cycles — More Than 10 Times Better Than Ever Reported for Polymer-Hybrid Supercapacitors
BioSolar, (OTCQB: BSRC), producer of innovative bio-based solar energy products and developer of a breakthrough supercapacitor technology, recently announced record performance for its low cost energy storage supercapacitor.
BioSuperCap, a next generation supercapacitor based on inexpensive conducting polymers designed to reduce the cost of storing the energy of the sun, has demonstrated stability for over 50,000 charge-discharge cycles, which is more than 10 times better than ever reported.
At the Supercapacitors USA Conference 2014 at Santa Clara, California held during the week of November 19, 2014, Dr. David Vonlanthen, a lead inventor of the technology and the company’s scientific advisor, gave a presentation describing the company’s current development efforts.
“We have shown that conducting polymers can be successfully employed for stable, high-performance supercapacitors,” Dr. Vonlanthen said. “We fully demonstrated for the first time that the combination of polymers and redox-electrolytes yield supercapacitors that are inherently stable. The technology shows a stable performance over 50,000 charge-discharge cycles, which is more than 10 times better than ever reported for any previous polymer-hybrid supercapacitor designs. Conducting polymers are very promising materials for low-cost supercapacitors, as they are extremely cheap, easy to process, and highly conductive.”
Dr. David Lee, the company’s CEO said, “Our eventual objective is to build a new generation of low cost polymer-based supercapacitors employing interpenetrating polymer-networks to give stable polymer-electrodes with very high charge-storage capacity.”
Supercapacitors are high power and rapid charge-discharge energy storage devices. By integrating BioSuperCap as the front-end to battery banks, fewer batteries can be used, and daytime solar energy can be quickly and cost-effectively stored for nighttime use at a substantially lower cost. This potentially game-changing technology will allow users of solar energy systems to reduce their dependence or go completely off the electric utility power grid.
BioSolar co-owns the patent-application for this supercapacitor technology with the University of California at Santa Barbara (“UCSB”), and is currently funding a sponsored research program to further its development.