GE working on a graphene supercapacitor

BatteryElectric batteries have come a long way, but not the public’s understanding. GE is working on a graphene storage system that can be built with nothing more than a CD-Rom burner.

Battery limitations

I wrote an indepth article on talking about the benefits of such a battery. In a nutshell, the current limitation with modern lithium batteries are long charging period and a relatively low weight to storage ratio, impacting at the moment the consumer’s ideal range for an electric vehicle (EV).

There are many solution, ranging from exotic, and yes, very expensive lithium chemistry, to balancing out the current lithium-ion technology with ultracapacitors. If ultracapacitors are good at charging and discharging fast, they are not suitable for propulsion only. Using them for ancillary, and regenerative braking is a great way to manage the energy load for maximum efficiency.

GE’s graphene storage simple solution

GE’s solution is elegant and simple. If graphene was harvested more or less with scotch tape until now, a team of researchers at GE found a more productive way to create graphene storage. The best part is that it can be done with nothing less than a simple CD-rom burner.

Sometimes solutions are simple, and as we’ve said before, there are more solutions than obstacles.

Nicolas Zart
Born and raised around classic cars, it wasn't until Nicolas drove an AC Proulsion eBox and a Tesla Roadster that the light went on. Eager to spread the news about those amazing full torque electric vehicles, he started writing about this amazing technology and its social impacts in 2007. Today, Nicolas covers renewable energy, test drives cars, does podcasts and films. Nicolas offers an in-depth look at the e-mobility world through interviews and the many contacts he made in those industries. His articles are also published on Teslrati, CleanTechnica, the Beverly Hills Car Club and Medium. "There are more solutions than obstacles." Nicolas Zart