Supercapacitors are double-layer capacitors or ultra-capacitors. Supercapacitors use two mechanisms to store electrical energy: double-layer capacitance and pseudocapacitance instead of the conventional capacitors. Double-layer capacitance is electrostatic in origin, while pseudocapacitance is electrochemical. The supercapacitors combine the workings of normal capacitors with the workings of an ordinary battery. Supercapacitors are polar devices, connected to the circuit like electrolyte capacitors. The electrical properties of these devices, which are that they can be charged at a faster speed and the time required for discharge are compatible with a few applications. Hence, it is possible that supercapacitors may prove to be the best option for batteries. All these features of supercapacitors will prove to be growth boosters for the supercapacitors market.
Characteristics of Supercapacitors to Open Lucrative Market Avenues
Supercapacitors possess various characteristics as mentioned below that promote the application of supercapacitors in various industries such as consumer electronics, energy, automotive, industrial sensor technology, and military. This factor may augment the growth of the supercapacitors market
Supercapacitors have high charge and discharge times as compared to ordinary capacitors. It is possible to achieve high charge and discharge currents owing to their low internal resistance. Batteries require many hours to get fully charged but supercapacitors complete this action in less than half of the time required through conventional methods. This advantage ultimately propels the growth of the supercapacitors market. These features are likely to boost the growth of the supercapacitors market.
Supercapacitor batteries are safer than ordinary batteries. Supercapacitors do not heat as much due to their low internal resistance. Supercapacitors can be charged and discharged several times. Thus, supercapacitors are used in applications where frequent storage and release of energy are required and ultimately act as a growth booster for the supercapacitors market.
The electrolytes used in the construction of supercapacitors are different from those used in ordinary electrolytic capacitors. The material used in modern supercapacitors is activated charcoal. Graphene is also used in the construction of supercapacitors. The benefits attached with the use of graphene may prove to be fruitful for the growth of the supercapacitors market.
Booming Automotive Sector to Be Game changer for Supercapacitors Market
Supercapacitors bridge the gap between batteries and capacitors, hence they are used in KERS or dynamic braking systems (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) in the automotive industry. This energy can later be reused to provide power for acceleration. The most exciting advantage from a practical perspective is their very fast recharge rate, which would mean that plugging an electric car into a charger for a few minutes would be enough to fully charge the battery. These advantages coupled with the rising popularity of electric vehicles may create multiple growth avenues for the supercapacitors market. The booming automotive sector and the advent of electric vehicles may create lucrative opportunities for the growth of the supercapacitors market.
Applications such as photographic flash, MP3 players, static memories (SRAM) which need a low power constant voltage source may lead to significant growth of the supercapacitors market. Furthermore, the application of supercapacitors in cell phones, laptops, electric vehicles, and all other devices that currently run on batteries. All these aspects may provide new opportunities for the growth of the supercapacitors market.
Asia Pacific to Emerge As Frontrunner in Global Supercapacitors Market
Asia Pacific is expected to be dominant in the global supercapacitors market owing to the presence of major players in countries such as China, India, and Japan. Also, the government initiatives to promote electric vehicles through subsidy offers are likely to open new avenues for the growth of the supercapacitors market in this region.