Penn State University researchers are developing a glass that is one tenth the thickness of display glass that can be used to store energy at high temperatures and for high-power applications. According to one researcher, the glass can be used in “electric vehicle power electronics, wind turbine generators, grid-tied photovoltaics, aerospace, and geothermal exploration and drilling”, to name a few.
Unlike current capacitators used in electric vehicles, which use a bulky cooling system, this 10 micron thin glass can maintain its energy efficiency and a high charge-discharge rate in temperatures up to 180 degrees Celsius, making it ideal for EV motor applications. The production of this glass is in inexpensive rolls. While still in development to be more self-healing and efficient, the promises of this material are immense. From cheaper and more efficient electric vehicles to long lasting clean energy solutions, these researchers are breaking down barriers in the clean energy field, and allowing us all to see the light at the end of the tunnel.