Insane In The (Energy) Membrane
The researchers, led by Dr. Xie Xian, have developed a polystyrene-based polymer membrane made from organic waste materials. When placed between two graphite plates and charged, the membrane can store a charge at 0.2 farads per centimeter, which is way, way more than the current upper limit of capacitors of 1 microfarad (there are 1,000,000 microfarads in a single farad.)
Even more importantly, this membrane reduces the costs of energy storage from about $7 per farad to just $0.62 per farad. That’s 90% cheaper, which would be a huge development for EV’s. And being that the membrane is supposedly made from organic waste, and there is no mention of exotic metals, we could eliminate a lot of the supply chain issues that come with electric vehicles.
Almost sounds too good to be true, but this is another potentially game-changing development in the electric vehicle world. Will batteries one day be replaced by electricity-storing membranes? It’d make for some interesting garage talk.
“Yeah Joe, my membrane is leaking electrons again…”
Source: NUS NewsHub | Hat Tip to Rick!