Richard B Kaner started out by looking for new ways to make on of the thinnest and strongest metals on earth, Graphene. Instead, he found the answer to powering the world. Together with Mahler F. El-Kady he discovered a material that turned out to be one of the best super capacitors ever seen.
Their experiments into finding a better way to manufacture Graphene produced results that they could never have expected. Mahler managed to connect a lightbulb to a small piece of Graphene and, after a couple of seconds charging, ran it for over 5 minutes. Now, it’s a well-known fact that batteries are not all that good. They don’t last for too long before they need replacing or recharging and to charge back up to full capacity can take several hours. Super capacitors charge and discharge between 100 and 1000 times quicker than a battery. To give you an idea.
Super-capacitor Features :
- Batteries hold quite a lot of charge but take a long time to charge and discharge;
- Capacitors hold little charge but charge and discharge quickly’
- A super capacitor is a mix between the two – they hold a higher amount of energy than an ordinary capacitor and charge/discharge it quicker than a battery.
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As most people will know, one of the most annoying things is to find that your phone battery is virtually dead, just as you are off out for the day. To charge it up enough for the day will take a couple of hours. Just imagine being able to plug your phone in and having a full charge within a matter of 30 to 60 seconds? That’s exactly what you would be able to do with one of these super capacitors instead of an ordinary battery.
And it doesn’t stop there. Eventually this sort of technology could be used on electric cars Just think about that one, being able to charge your car up within a minute. because they are made of Graphite, they can be disposed of with ordinary household rubbish or thrown on the compost heap whereas ordinary batteries have to be disposed of properly.
Richard Kaner always wanted to be a scientist and develop something that would change the world. If this takes off,he might just have done what he wanted.