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08/01/2013

Flexible glass will improve green energy storage

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    A flexible, clear glass able to store renewable energy at high temperatures could help increase interest in alternative energy options and electric cars.
    Most modern capacitors are designed to operate at lower temperatures, which requires the addition of a bulky, heavy cooling system. In contrast, the new glass will be able to function at temperatures up to, and beyond, 180 degrees Celsius.
    The glass will be one-tenth the thickness of display glass currently on the market, and, at only 10 microns thick, will be produced in thin sheets by an inexpensive roll-to-roll process. The energy density of the glass will be increased 2.5 times by a coating of high temperature polymers, which will also improve its abilities to seal-heal, and it will be used in any high energy density capacitor application.
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