Taking a closer look
Zap&Go was founded to develop a new class of energy storage device with considerable functional improvements over commercially available supercapacitors or ‘ultracapacitors’. This technology is referred to as the Carbon-Ion or C-Ion cell in contrast to Lithium-ion or Li-ion.
The C-Ion cell will provide specific power characteristics orders of magnitude higher than a Li-ion cell. It is designed to be classified as non-flammable and non-hazardous for transport, allowing the product to be shipped easily and to comply with both current and future regulations.
Due to the method of energy storage, the cell has fewer moving parts electrochemically and has 1 million charge/discharge cycles or 30 years of normal use.
The C-Ion cell is being designed for manufacture using many of the technologies well known in Li-ion cell production. This will enable Zap&Go to quickly scale-up production and to use manufacturing capacity already in existence. This will allow new products to be made and extra functions to be added to existing products, for example:
- Improved energy storage allows the cell to be used as the principal method of energy storage in a far wider range of technologies than conventional supercapacitors
- High specific power allows very fast charging (in seconds) through Zap&Go’s “Instant-charge” technology
- High specific power enables the extension of Li-ion battery lifetimes and reduction in battery size through peak shaving in hybrid applications
- Improved safety protects customers, allows easy shipping and opens up applications in hazardous areas
- Long cycle life allows energy storage to be installed for the entire lifetime of the device, reducing design complexity, eliminating service intervals and saving money
- Recyclable at the end of life
Specifically, Zap&Go is creating polymer-inorganic composite electrolytes in the form of membranes. Such materials are tailored to contain interconnected nano-sized channels formed by the polymer network for easy ion migration. The polymer network weakly binds the ions to enable fast ion transport. The weak binding and fast ion transport is achieved by creating a network of vacant binding sites in the polymer.
For further information on C-Ion or for copies of technical white papers, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org