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15 February, 2021 - 11:35 By Tony Quested

CleanTech innovator sets up at Chesterford Research Park

Material research pioneer Superdielectrics – a product of IP from the universities of Surrey and Bristol – has set up home at Chesterford Research Park’s Science Village.

The power of the Cambridge super-cluster is seen as key to global growth for the business which is developing high energy density, low cost, low environmental impact electrical energy storage devices that will help create a clean and sustainable global energy and transportation system. 

Supercapacitors store energy using electrodes and electrolytes and both charge and deliver energy quickly, unlike conventional batteries which perform the same task in a much slower way with the added hazard of end-of-life waste. 

Superdielectrics’ supercapacitors are described as safe, fast, contain no rare materials or conflict metals and have the added benefit of reducing pollution and waste.

Jim Heathcote, CEO at Superdielectrics said: “We are driven by strong environmental and social values which are shared by Chesterford Research Park. These are exciting times as we strive to tackle fundamental scientific problems that could reduce global poverty and starvation while cleaning up the environment.”

In self-funded research with the Universities of Surrey and Bristol, the UK company has discovered an entirely new group of polymeric superdielectrics. It has filed patents on these materials and is commercialising this very significant scientific breakthrough – in supercapacitor electrolyte materials and electrical energy storage. 

The University of Bristol estimates that these newly discovered materials have dielectric property values which are 1,000-10,000 times greater than conventional electrolyte solutions. 

This breakthrough offers the prospect of a new energy storage technology that is superior to existing battery technology. Superdielectrics’s technology is not limited by rare or expensive elements and potentially has a higher energy density than both lead acid and Lithium-ion batteries. 

Supercapacitors also offer very rapid charge and discharge capabilities.

Superdielectrics had a virtual office arrangement at the Officer’s Mess in Duxford prior to taking the space at Chesterford. The company has major laboratories in Surrey University’s Chemistry Department and has also taken labs at Surrey Research Park.

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