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It is the first supercapacitor that is made out of silicon so it can be built into a silicon chip along with the microelectronic circuitry that it powers. In fact, it should be possible to construct these power cells out of the excess silicon that exists in the current generation of solar cells, sensors, mobile phones and a variety of other electromechanical devices, providing a considerable cost savings.
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the graphene coating improved energy densities by over two orders of magnitude compared to those made from uncoated porous silicon and significantly better than commercial supercapacitors.

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Supercapacitor, interesting.

They charge extremely fast and may last for hours, depending on the case.

They need some protections to not blow up something during charging (the energy transfer is immense) but also to avoid discharging them fast (also explosive discharge normally).

edit: Think of the old photography flashes, that's how fast they charge and mainly discharge (under common cases).
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edit: Think of the old photography flashes, that's how fast they charge and mainly discharge (under common cases).

It's a supercap, its ESR should be several tens if not hundreds ohms though. Unless really large, their applications are still limited.

Still, very interesting nonetheless. I for one welcome storing energy in other forms than a redox.
   
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the tv show revolution comes to mind.
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