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Energy storage: Understanding supercapacitors for improving them

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Supercapacitors are energy storage systems, complementary to batteries, already used in a number of applications such as regenerative energy braking and start-stop systems. While supercapacitors are already favored for applications requiring large power densities, they still suffer from low energy densities, compared to batteries, which limits their use. Understanding the molecular processes at the origin of the observed performances is essential in order to design optimised systems. In this talk, I will show examples of how simulations can be used to get insight into the charging/discharging mechanisms of supercapacitors and to explain experimental observations, sometimes surprising.

This talk is part of the Darwin College Science Seminars series.

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