Environmental and Clean Energy Impact of PBC Tech Supercapacitor Technology
- Able to design and use cheaper, higher energy or smaller cells
- More efficient access to full energy capacity of batteries
- Longer cycle life, reduced disposal rate
- Cooler, safer rechargeable energy storage>
The use of rechargeable lithium batteries continues to grow, supporting our mobile computing lifestyle. Better batteries would significantly reduce landfill waste. Being carbon based with no heavy metals and much longer cycle life, supercapacitors are far more environmentally friendly than standard batteries.
The PBC Tech’s thin sheet-like supercapacitor devices can fit into existing battery packs and device structures like handles without needing significant design changes, ensuring easier acceptance. Supercapacitors, which can recharge in seconds for hundreds of thousands of cycles, could also replace batteries where rapid charging is available, reducing landfill. Energy storage devices that are structurally integrated and can be fit to the end product not only have greater cost-savings but will also significantly reduce unnecessary waste of batteries as well as the product they power. This is a solution with a significant impact on a double bottom line, saving costs and significantly reducing the waste stream of toxic materials.
The company’s PowerWRAPPER™ supercapacitors, efficiently co-packaged with batteries, absorb the high peak pulse currents, thus reducing the heating up and allowing more energy to be drawn efficiently out of the battery. This hybrid energy storage solution improves battery performance for used and aging batteries, allowing longer use from the same battery pack. Smaller, less expensive, and more efficient energy storage systems can thus be configured.
The company’s products currently see strong OEM customer interest for use in the largest upcoming market applications in portable consumer electronics – IoT, wearables, smartphones and tablets.