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Metal-free supercapacitor with aqueous electrolyte and low-cost carbon materials
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences. STT Emtec AB, Sundsvall. (Teknisk Fysik)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4303-2585
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
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2017 (English)In: Scientific Reports, ISSN 2045-2322, E-ISSN 2045-2322, Vol. 7, article id 39836Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Electric double-layer capacitors (EDLCs) or supercapacitors (SCs) are fast energy storage devices with high pulse efficiency and superior cyclability, which makes them useful in various applications including electronics, vehicles and grids. Aqueous SCs are considered to be more environmentally friendly than those based on organic electrolytes. Because of the corrosive nature of the aqueous environment, however, expensive electrochemically stable materials are needed for the current collectors and electrodes in aqueous SCs. This results in high costs for a given energy-storage capacity. To address this, we developed a novel low-cost aqueous SC using graphite foil as the current collector and a mix of graphene, nanographite, simple water-purification carbons and nanocellulose as electrodes. The electrodes were coated directly onto the graphite foil by using casting frames and the SCs were assembled in a pouch cell design. With this approach, we achieved a material cost reduction of greater than 90% while maintaining approximately one-half of the specific capacitance of a commercial unit, thus demonstrating that the proposed SC can be an environmentally friendly, low-cost alternative to conventional SCs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Nature Publishing Group, 2017. Vol. 7, article id 39836
Keywords [en]
Supercapacitor, EDLC, Graphene, Graphite, Nanoparticles
National Category
Composite Science and Engineering Condensed Matter Physics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-29827DOI: 10.1038/srep39836ISI: 000391182900001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85008701942OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-29827DiVA, id: diva2:1062532
Funder
Swedish Energy Agency
Note

Published online:05 January 2017

Available from: 2017-01-06 Created: 2017-01-06 Last updated: 2019-05-02Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Low-Cost, Environmentally Friendly Electric Double-Layer Capacitors: Concept, Materials and Production
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Low-Cost, Environmentally Friendly Electric Double-Layer Capacitors: Concept, Materials and Production
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Today’s society is currently performing an exit from fossilfuel energy sources. The change to sustainable alternativesrequires inexpensive and environmentally friendly energy storagedevices. However, most current devices contain expensive,rare or toxic materials. These materials must be replaced bylow-cost, abundant, nontoxic components.In this thesis, I suggest the production of paper-based electricdouble-layer capacitors (EDLCs) to meet the demand oflow-cost energy storage devices that provide high power density.To fulfill the requirements of sustainable and environmentallyfriendly devices, production of EDLCs that consist of paper,graphite and saltwater is proposed. Paper can be used as aseparator between the electrodes and as a substrate for theelectrodes. Graphite is suited for use as an active material in theelectrodes, and saltwater can be employed as an electrolyte.Westudied and developed different methods for the productionof nanographite and graphene from graphite. Composites containingthese materials and similar advanced carbon materialshave been tested as electrode materials in EDLCs. I suggest theuse of cellulose nanofibers (CNFs) or microfibrillated cellulose(MFC) as a binder in the electrodes. In addition to improvedmechanical stability, the nanocellulose improved the stabilityof graphite dispersions and the electrical performance of theelectrodes. The influence of the cellulose quality on the electricalproperties of the electrodes and EDLCs was investigated.The results showed that the finest nanocellulose quality is notthe best choice for EDLC electrodes; MFC is recommended forthis application instead. The results also demonstrated thatthe capacitance of EDLCs can be increased if the electrodemasses are adjusted according to the size of the electrolyte ions.Moreover, we investigated the issue of high contact resistancesat the interface between porous carbon electrodes and metalcurrent collectors. To reduce the contact resistance, graphitefoil can be used as a current collector instead of metal foils.Using the suggested low-cost materials, production methodsand conceptual improvements, it is possible to reduce the material costs by more than 90% in comparison with commercialunits. This confirms that paper-based EDLCs are apromising alternative to conventional EDLCs. Our findings andadditional research can be expected to substantially supportthe design and commercialization of sustainable EDLCs andother green energy technologies.

Abstract [sv]

I dagens samhälle pågår en omställning från användning avfossila energikällor till förnybara alternativ. Denna förändringkräver miljövänliga och kostnadseffektiva elektriska energilagringsenheterför att möjliggöra en kontinuerlig energileverans.Dagens energilagringsenheter innehåller ofta dyra, sällsyntaeller giftiga material som behöver bytas ut för att nå hållbaralösningar.I denna avhandling föreslås att tillverka pappersbaseradesuperkondensatorer som möter kraven för kostnadseffektivaelektriska energilagrare med hög effekttäthet. För att nå kravenpå miljömässigt hållbara enheter föreslås användning avendast papper, grafit och saltvatten. Papper kan användas somseparator mellan elektroder likväl som substrat vid elektrodbestrykning.Grafit kan användas som aktivt elektrodmaterialoch saltvatten fungerar som elektrolyt. Olika metoder har härutvecklats för att producera nanografit och grafen från grafit.Dessa material har tillsammans med liknande, kommersiellt tillgängliga,avancerade kolmaterial testats i elektrodkompositerför superkondensatorer. Som bindemedel i dessa kompositerföreslås nanofibrillerad eller mikrofibrillerad cellulosa. Jaghar demonstrerat att nanocellulosa ökar dispersionsstabilitetensamt förbättrar den mekaniska stabiliteten och dom elektriskaegenskaperna i elektroderna. Hur cellulosans kvalitet påverkarelektroderna har undersökts och visar att den finaste kvaliteteninte är det bästa valet för superkondensatorer, istället rekommenderasmikrofibrillerad cellulosa. Utöver detta demonstrerasmöjligheten att öka superkondensatorernas kapacitans genomatt balansera elektrodernas massa med hänsyn till jonernasstorlek i elektrolyten. I avhandlingen diskuteras även svårigheternamed hög kontaktresistans i gränssnittet mellan porösakolstrukturer och metallfolie och hur detta kan undvikas omgrafitfolie används som kontakt.Genom att använda de material, produktionstekniker ochkonceptförbättringar som föreslås i avhandlingen är det möjligtatt reducera materialkostnaderna med mer än 90% i jämförelsemed kommersiella superkondensatorer. Detta bekräftar att pappersbaserade superkondensatorer är ett lovande alternativoch våra resultat tillsammans med vidare utveckling harstor potential att stödja övergången till miljömässigt hållbarasuperkondensatorer och annan grön energiteknik.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University, 2017. p. 157
Series
Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis, ISSN 1652-893X ; 267
Keywords
Electric Double-Layer Capacitor, Graphite, Cellulose Nanofibers, Large-Scale, Mass Balancing, Metal-Free
National Category
Condensed Matter Physics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-31539 (URN)978-91-88527-23-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-09-08, M102, Holmgatan 10, Sundsvall, 10:15 (English)
Supervisors
Note

Vid tidpunkten för disputationen var följande delarbeten opublicerade: delarbete 6 inskickat.

At the time of the doctoral defence the following papers were unpublished: paper 6 submitted.

Available from: 2017-09-07 Created: 2017-09-04 Last updated: 2018-05-21Bibliographically approved
2. Large-Scale Graphene Production for Environmentally Friendly and Low-Cost Energy Storage: Production, Coating, and Applications
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Large-Scale Graphene Production for Environmentally Friendly and Low-Cost Energy Storage: Production, Coating, and Applications
2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

There is great demand for energy-efficient, environmentally sustainable, and cost-effective electrical energy storage devices. One important aspect of this demand is the need for automotive electrification to achieve more energy-efficient transportation at a reasonable cost, thus supporting a fossil-fuel free society. Another important aspect is the requirement for energy storage in the growing field of renewable energy production from wind and solar sources, which generates an irregular supply of electricity due to weather conditions.Much of the research in this area has been conducted in the field of battery technology with impressive results, but the need for rapid storage devices such as supercapacitors is growing. Due to the excellent ability of supercapacitors to handle short peak power pulses with high efficiency along with their long lifetime and superior cyclability, their implementations range from small consumer electronics to electric vehicles and stationary grid applications. Supercapacitors also have the potential to complement batteries to improve pulse efficiency and lifetime of the system, however, the cost of supercapacitors is a significant issue for large-scale commercial use, leading to a demand for sustainable, low-cost materials and simplified manufacturing processes. An important way to address this need is to develop a cost-efficient and environment-friendly large-scale process to produce highly conductive nanographites, such as graphene and graphite nanoplatelets, along with methods to manufacture low-cost electrodes from large area coating.

In this thesis, I present a novel process to mechanically exfoliate industrial quantities of nanographite from graphite in an aqueous environment with low energy consumption and at controlled shear conditions. The process is based on hydrodynamic tube-shearing and can produce both multilayer graphene and nanometer-thick and micrometer-wide flakes of nanographite. I also describe the production of highly conductive and robust carbon composites based on the addition of nanocellulose during production; these are suitable as electrodes in applications ranging from supercapacitors and batteries to printed electronics and solar cells.Furthermore I demonstrate a scalable route for roll-to-roll coating of the nanographite-nanocellulose electrode material and propose a novel aqueous, low-cost, and metal-free supercapacitor concept with graphite foil functioning as the current collector. The supercapacitors possessedmore than half the specific capacitance of commercial units but achieved a material cost reduction of more than 90 %, demonstrating anenvironment-friendly, low-cost alternative to conventional supercapacitors.

Abstract [sv]

Det finns en stor efterfrågan av energieffektiva, miljömässigt hållbara och kostnadseffektiva elektriska energilagringsenheter. En viktig del av denna efterfrågan kommer från fordonsindustrins behov av elektrifiering, för att uppnå mer energieffektiva fordon till en rimlig kostnad och på så vis bidra till ett fossilfritt samhälle. En annan viktig del är behovet av energilagring för den ökande andelen förnybar energiproduktion från sol- och vindkraft, som genererar elektrisk energi oregelbundet utifrån gällande väderförhållanden. Det pågår mycket forskning inom området för batteriteknik och framgångarna är imponerande men behovet växer också snabbt för snabba energilagrare som exempelvis superkondensatorer. Tack vare superkondensatorernas utmärkta prestanda, när det gäller att hantera korta effektpulser med hög effektivitet tillsammans med dess långa livslängd och överlägsna cyklingsbarhet, sträcker sig applikationerna frånhemelektronik till elfordon och elnätsapplikationer. Superkondensatorer har också potential att komplettera batterier för att uppnå energilagringssystem med ökad pulseffiktivitet och livslängd. Nackdelen är superkondensatorns kostnad, som markant hämmar storskaligkommersialisering, och således kräver utveckling av hållbara och kostnadseffektiva material tillsammans med förenklade tillverkningsmetoder. Ett sätt att lösa detta på, är att utveckla en kostnadseffektiv och miljövänlig process i stor skala för att framställa nanografit med hög elektrisk ledningsförmåga, så som grafén och grafitnanoflak.

I denna avhandling presenterar jag en ny process för att mekaniskt exfoliera grafit till nanografit storskaligt i vattendispersion, med en låg energiåtgång och under kontrollerade skjuvförhållanden. Processen är baserad på hydrodynamisk skjuvning i rör och denproducerar grafen samt nanometertunna och mikrometerbreda flak av nanografit. Som tillägg visar jag också hur robusta kompositer kan tillverkas med hög ledningsförmåga genom att tillsätta nanofibrillerad cellulosa under processen. Dessa kompositer är lämpliga som elektroder i applikationer från superkondensatorer och batterier till tryckt elektronik och solceller.Jag demonstrerar också en skalbar metod för rulle-till-rulle bestrykning av nanografit-nanocellulosa-materialet samt föreslår ett nytt lågkostnads-koncept för metall-fria superkondensatorer med vattenbaserad elektrolyt, där vi använt grafitfolie som kontakt. Superkondensatorerna hade mer än halva den specifika kapacitansen jämfört med kommersiella enheter men materialkostnaden var 90 % lägre, vilket visar på ett miljövänligt lågkostnadsalternativ till konventionella superkondensatorer.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University, 2019. p. 90
Series
Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis, ISSN 1652-893X ; 297
Keywords
Graphene, Energy storage, Supercapacitors, EDLC
National Category
Other Physics Topics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-36068 (URN)978-91-88527-99-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2019-05-10, O102, Holmgatan 10, Sundsvall, 10:15 (English)
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Supervisors
Note

Vid tidpunkten för disputationen var följande delarbeten opublicerade: delarbete 3 (inskickat), delarbete 5 (manuskript).

At the time of the doctoral defence the following papers were unpublished: paper 3 (submitted), paper 5 (manuscript).

Available from: 2019-05-06 Created: 2019-05-02 Last updated: 2019-05-06Bibliographically approved

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