Researchers at Swinburne University are progressing towards producing commercially viable, chemical-free, long-lasting, safe energy devices. The team is developing the Bolt Electricity Storage Technology (BEST) – a graphene oxide-based supercapacitor offering high performance and low-cost energy storage.
The team explains that this technology is this and environmentally friendly, and a patent was recently filed on it. It is reportedly on the brink of becoming a commercial prototype. Also stated was that investment in the technology’s development will soon be under way through Graphene Solutions, a joint venture between graphite miner First Graphite Resources (FGR) and Australia-based electronics company Kremford.
The BEST project started forming in 2015, with a $375,000 AUD grant by the Australian Research Council Discovery Project for direct laser printing of thin ?lms of activated graphene oxide. The project as a whole aims to create a supercapacitor that could more efficiently collect, store and discharge the energy collected by solar cells. “Our centre has a history of making very good solar cells,” the team says. “But there’s a challenge in storing the energy generated from them. Sunshine changes all the time, depending on the weather, and that makes the current and voltage unstable. That’s no good for batteries.”
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