Researchers from the University of Alberta/National Institute for Nanotechnology and Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures have collected promising results from a new study on supercapacitors. The study aimed to find a cheaper alternative to Graphene, The material currently used for the electrodes in supercapacitors, but researchers did not expect to see hemp as such an efficient replacement.
Tests showed that the Hemp based electrodes outperformed the standard Graphene electrodes by nearly 200%, but this is not the only positive thing about the Hemp based replacement. Graphene can cost as much as $2,000 per gram, whereas the cost of manufacturing the Hemp nanomaterial is as low as $500 per ton!
This is yet another step in the right direction for the International Hemp movement, showing people just how diverse the plants value really is. No doubt many companies in the energy storage industry will be keeping a close eye on further developments.