(Photo: Joe Howell / Vanderbilt)
The engineers suspended a heavy laptop from the supercapacitor to demonstrate its strength (Photo: Vanderbilt Nanomaterials and Energy Devices Laboratory)
Structural supercapacitors could allow energy to be stored directly in structural materials, such as a phone's casing (Photo: Joe Howell / Vanderbilt)
Imagine using a mobile phone powered entirely by its casing, or an electric car that runs off power stored in its chassis. Researchers at Vanderbilt University have created a structural supercapacitor that could, they believe, bring this closer to reality, making batteries and power cords obsolete. The structural supercapacitor could make it possible to store energy directly in structural materials, allowing them to deliver power long-term while surviving the real-life mechanical stresses they're bound to experience.
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