Capacitor Sciences Develops Molecular-Level Crystalline Materials to Turn Capacitors into High Performance Energy Devices

By CIOReview | Wednesday, March 30, 2016

FREMONT, CA: When it comes to energy storage devices, Lithium ion batteries are the present industry standards. “But lithium ion batteries are expensive, flammable and slow to charge and discharge” informs David de Weese, CEO, Capacitor Sciences, a firm exploring the future prospects of capacitors. Capacitor Sciences has reported successful development of materials to create nano-structured thin crystalline films which can be used as high performance capacitive energy storage cells when used as dielectric material in a capacitor. Such capacitors are projected to produce 10 times the energy density and 100 times the power density of standard Lithium ion batteries at a fraction of cost per kWh.

Capacitor Sciences is founded Dr. Pavel Lazarev, a leader amongst the field of molecular engineering of functional nano-structures. Dr. Lazarev’s earlier ventures include Nanotechnology-MDT where he developed atomic force microscopes, Optiva which developed E-type polarizers, Crysoptix which developed optical retarders and Cryscade which developed donor-bridge-acceptor systems for high performance solar PV cells.

“There is no reason why we shouldn’t be able to drive 1,000 miles in an electric vehicle. ‘Range anxiety’ is holding us back. The material that Capacitor Sciences has developed has the potential to power electric vehicles as well as to provide residential, commercial and utility-scale energy storage” explains de Weese.

Standard film capacitors and ultracapacitors are limited by low capacitance and low voltage, respectively.  Dr. Lazarev’s expertise in nano-technology and molecular engineering has translated to Capacitor Sciences, where molecular-level composite crystalline dielectric materials have been developed that amalgamate high permittivity (high energy density), high resistivity (energy storage longevity) and high breakdown voltage (high energy density). These newly developed patent-pending crystalline materials hold immense potential and someday may come handy in solving the world’s power crisis with development of high performance, low cost energy storage devices for multitude of operations.