Dr Pritesh Hiralal, Research Associate
University of Cambridge
Berlin 2014 Presentation - University of Cambridge*
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Supercapacitors bring many benefits to applications where a fast discharge is required, and provide a much higher energy density than electrolytic capacitors at a much lower physical footprint. However, supercapacitors are still produced as discreet components and are still bulky for certain applications. In this work we demonstrate the integration of supercapacitors into the fabric of flexible printed circuits. Flexible printed circuits (FPCs) typically consist of layers of Cu and polyimide and are commonplace in most electronic apparatus, typically as interconnectors onto which components are attached. We demonstrate a supercapacitor which fully integrates with the FPC production process and can be easily manufactured by any FPC producer. The embedded supercapacitor provides low ESR energy storage without the need for an additional discrete component. An areal capacitance of ~200-250mF/cm2 has been demonstrated, and the resulting device is tolerant to flexibility. Reflow solder tolerant devices are currently in test. A few practical use examples will be shown.
Speaker Biography (Pritesh Hiralal)
Working in collaboration with Nokia Research and Dyson on the development of materials and novel form factors for energy storage technologies, ranging from air batteries to stretchable supercapacitors
Company Profile (University of Cambridge)
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