A new composite material that can simultaneously withstand mechanical loads and store electrical energy has been created by scientists in the UK and Belgium. Based on activated carbon fibres, the structural supercapacitor has been formed into a full-size car boot lid that can power LEDs.
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FD 172: Multifunctional Structural Energy Storage Composite Supercapacitors
Natasha Shirshova, Hui Qian, Matthieu Houlle, Quentin Fontana, Joachim H G Steinke, Anthony R.J. Kucernak, Emile Greenhalgh, Alexander Bismarck and Milo Sebastian Peter Shaffer
Faraday Discuss., 2014, Accepted Manuscript, DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00055B