The Anonymous Widower

Solidity Or Speculation, It’s Your Choice

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Investors Chronicle.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Solid-state batteries are made using a technology that promises massive improvements in lithium-ion battery efficiency and capacity, so a breakthrough could see ranges in electric vehicles (EVs) extended well beyond the few hundred miles that the most advanced models can currently achieve.

It then lists four companies, that are possible investments; Gelion Technologies, Ilika, Superdielectrics and Solid State.

I am sure the technology will break through, but finding the winner will be difficult.

 

December 9, 2021 Posted by | Finance | , , , , | Leave a comment

Hydrophilic Polymers: The Key To A Green Future

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Tech Xplore.

This is the first paragraph.

Researchers from the University of Surrey and the University of Bristol are working on innovative devices to tame and store carbon-free renewable energy from unpredictable sources such as wind and solar.

That got me interested and I read the whole article.

This abstract on SpringerLink gives a definition of hydrophilic polymers.

Hydrophilic polymers are those polymers which dissolve in, or are swollen by, water. Many compounds of major technical and economic importance fall within this definition, including many polymers of natural origin. Many foodstuffs—containing substantial amounts of carbohydrate and protein— can be classified as hydrophilic polymers, and some have important technical and industrial uses, apart from their nutritional value. For example, although over 95% of the starches produced from corn (maize), wheat, potato, tapioca, and other vegetable sources are used as foods (human or animal), the remaining quantity represents an important part of the technical polymer market. In fact, more than two-thirds of hydrophilic or water-soluble polymers used in industry are derived from polymers of natural origin, so coming from renewable resources (harvested crops, trees, waste animal products and so on), rather than petrochemical sources of finite availability.

This paragraph from the Tech Xplore article describes the research.

The Chemistry Department at Surrey is working with collaborators at Bristol, Professors Ian Hamerton and David Fermin, and Superdielectrics Ltd., an innovative British Research Company located at the Surrey Research Park to transform simple hydrophilic polymers which were originally developed for use as contact lenses, to realize a second critical energy storage process.

This could lead to the next generation of supercapacitors.

Conclusion

This is fascinating technology and it could save the world.

November 6, 2021 Posted by | Energy, Energy Storage, World | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Breakthrough Energy Storage And R&D Company SuperDielectrics Expands At Chesterford Research Park

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Cambridge Network.

This is the first paragraph.

Chesterford Research Park is delighted to announce the expansion of an existing occupier, SuperDielectrics, into new laboratory and write up space within the Emmanuel Building.

But it does flag up progress by one of Cambridge’s new companies; SuperDielectrics.

Superdielectrics’ mission is to develop high energy density, low cost, low environmental impact electrical energy storage devices that will help create a clean and sustainable global energy and transportation system. Superdielectric’s storage devices (supercapacitors) are not only safe, rapidly rechargeable and have a long life, they contain no rare materials or conflict metals and have the added benefit of reducing pollution and waste with no end-of-life recycling issues.

I believe they are a company to watch, as supercapacitors can take over some applications of lithium-ion batteries.

September 28, 2021 Posted by | Energy Storage | , , , | 1 Comment

Is Cambridge Going To Save The World From Global Warming?

Watch this video!

And then visit Superdielectrics web site.

It does appear to be a  bunch of mad scientists in Cambridge, who’ve come up with the bizarre idea of using the material in soft contact lenses as an energy storage medium.

Link Up With Rolls-Royce

And then there’s this press release on the Rolls-Royce-Royce web site, which is entitled Rolls-Royce Links Up With UK-based Superdielectrics To Explore Potential Of Very High Energy Storage Technology.

Conclusion

I have been observing technology since the 1960s.

This is either one of those scientific curiosities , like cold fusion, that appear from time-to-time and then disappear into the scientific archives or a game-changer

I suspect we’ll know in a couple of years.

But even if it is isn’t the solution to affordable and massive energy storage,, that will save the world, I believe that one of the teams of men and women in white coats, somewhere in the world will crack the problem.

 

May 2, 2019 Posted by | Energy Storage | , , , , | Leave a comment