Programme details announced for Supercapacitors Europe 2014 event

March 14, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Franco Gonzalez, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx, offers insights around “What you will learn at Supercapacitors Europe” - the event takes place in Berlin on 1-2 April.

Supercapacitors are getting traction in the consumer electronics industry, and specifically smart phones. Leading companies and organisations gaining traction in this field will be present at Supercapacitor Europe 2014 . Following the trend of increasingly thinner mobile phones and tablets, Cap-XX, that has in its portfolio, supercapacitors in the range of 0.3-1 mm of thickness is pursuing licensees of its new technology for consumer electronics including smartphones. In this topic. Dr. Hiralal from Cambridge University will also speak about his work in collaboration with the Nokia Research Centre on circuit embedded supercapacitors for applications in mobile phones.

On another front, supercapacitors have now become a regular source of revenue for those companies that are selling to the automotive sector, such as Maxwell Technologies, whose supercapacitors are being used by PSA Peugeot Citroen. Maxwell Technologies reported sales in excess of $100 million in 2013 in the transportation sector (automotive and hybrid bus) and estimates a very positive outlook for 2014. Chrysler is already leading the development of SAE standards for the supercapacitor industry; this was presented at IDTechEx's previous event in California last November. This denotes an increased awareness of the automotive sector to the advantages of the use of supercapacitors, namely that they can significantly improve fuel efficiency in petrol and hybrid vehicles and extend the lifetime of both batteries and fuel cells in pure electric cars, which are the most expensive components of any electric vehicle.

At Supercapacitors USA 2013, Maxwell Technologies stated the results of the tests conducted by Argonne National Laboratory in which the 'cycle capacity degradation of lithium ion batteries was decreased by a factor of two and the impedance degradation reduced by a factor of six.' Supercapacitors Europe 2014 will have a follow up to this topic with Imperial College's Dr Billy Wu, who will present the analogous function of supercapacitors in fuel cells as life extenders.

Whilst aware of their potential applications, Europe has