Supercapacitors are an emerging energy storage technology that will take a key role in the future of energy systems. Whilst lithium-ion batteries are increasingly capturing the market of other battery technologies, they will never be able to compete with supercapacitor technology in terms of power and number of cycles. This technology will supplement and, in some cases, replace the role of incumbent energy storage technologies such as lithium-ion batteries, addressing the weakest points of battery technologies such as low power, limited number of cycles and low performance at low temperatures. Batteries and supercapacitors combined offer the best solution for many energy systems from the automotive sector to grid energy storage, allowing batteries not only to perform better but also to extend their lifetime whilst reducing both CAPEX and OPEX.
With steady progress, supercapacitors are getting traction in these mainstream application markets such as the automotive and rail sectors and opening new possibilities in emerging sectors such as grid energy storage.
Energy systems at all levels are increasingly becoming systems of variable power demand, this is true at all levels, from consumer electronic to electricity grids. Indeed, new electronic devices, from smart phones to sensors have variable power demands because they have increasingly different functions with different power requirements. Consumers are begging for a fast charging solution for their electronic devices. As electricity grids integrate more intermittent renewable energy sources the need for high power energy storage becomes more evident. Finally batteries, rely on chemical reactions that make them respond slowly at low temperatures or not respond at all. Therefore in many cases batteries will not satisfy fully the power requirements of all these applications in future energy systems, if they do they will do it by... Continue reading here .
Supercapacitor Technologies and Markets 2016-2026, the new report from IDTechEx Research, provides a ten year forecast for supercapacitors in the context of the highly complex dynamics of the emergence of energy storage as a key enabling technology in the 21st century and the deep structural changes of the energy sector. For more see www.IDTechEx.com/supercaps .