TechConnect Innovation Program

Structural Supercapacitors

Northern Arizona University, Arizona, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

Northern Arizona University researchers have developed a true multi-tasking material –a carbon fiber based composite that shares the structural load strength of an advanced building material with the electrical charge storage capacity of a supercapacitor. This material is suitable for high-performance applications (such as aerospace components, wind turbines, etc.)

Primary Application Area: Energy Storage

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 4

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: Features and benefits of structural supercapacitors include
• Electrical energy storage (Capacitance) = added power storage capability by using structural material for power storage
• Load-bearing composite structure = moldable polymer matrix that provides support for device manufacture. No compromise to strength and durability of structure

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

Showcase Booth #: 738

Website: http;//www.nau.edu/nauinnovations

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: This translational research program has been funded by Northern Arizona University intramural research funding as an awardee of the Arizona Technology Research Initiative Fund in FY2013.

Primary Sources of Funding: University

Looking for: Development / License Partners