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Breakthrough fast charging tech by Indian-origin researcher could change everything 



Breakthrough fast charging tech by Indian-origin researcher could change everything

Have you ever imagined charging a dead phone or a laptop within a minute? How about charging your electric vehicle in minutes? A tall claim, you might say, and a crazy one. But an Indian-origin researcher by the name of Ankur Gupta has done exactly this, promising to change the way we use tech. 

Gupta, an assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, alongside his team of researchers, has introduced a novel technology that promises to revolutionize the energy storage landscape. This breakthrough, detailed in a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has the potential to charge electric cars in just 10 minutes and fully revive a dead laptop or phone in a mere minute. 

Revelation of the discovery 

The research team has made significant strides in understanding the movement of ions, tiny charged particles within a complex network of microscopic pores. According to Gupta, this discovery could accelerate the development of more efficient storage devices like supercapacitors. Unlike traditional batteries, supercapacitors boast rapid charging times and extended lifespans, making them highly advantageous for a variety of applications. 

“A supercapacitor is an energy storage device that depends on ion collection in their pores,” Gupta explained. This discovery is pivotal not only for enhancing energy storage in electric vehicles (EVs) and electronic devices but also for optimizing power grids. 

Efficient energy storage is crucial for power grids to manage fluctuating energy demands. Gupta emphasized that to avoid energy waste during periods of low demand and to ensure quick energy delivery during high demand, robust storage solutions are essential. The team’s discovery plays a critical role in addressing these challenges. 

The researchers highlighted that the primary allure of supercapacitors lies in their speed. Traditional studies only defined ion movements within a single straight pore. However, Gupta’s team has developed a method to simulate and predict ion flow through a complex network of thousands of interconnected pores in just minutes. This innovation represents a significant leap forward in making the charging and energy release of supercapacitors even faster. 

A vision for the future 

Driven by the critical role of energy in shaping the future, Gupta was inspired to apply his chemical engineering expertise to advance energy storage technologies. He noted that the field of supercapacitors felt underexplored, presenting the perfect opportunity for innovation.  

Given the critical role of energy in the future of the planet, Ankur felt inspired to apply his chemical engineering knowledge to advancing energy storage devices, Gupta said in one of the interviews. The primary appeal of supercapacitors lies in their speed. The team was once asked; how can people make their charging and release of energy faster? By the more efficient movement of ions. That’s the leap of the work. Ankur and his team found the missing link. 

This pioneering work by Ankur Gupta and his team marks a significant milestone in energy storage technology, promising a future where charging devices is faster and more efficient than ever before.