Nanoramic is developing structural ultracapacitor systems targeted at the automotive and aerospace space sectors. Nanoramic's® structural technology began as NASA funded research to integrate energy storage into a platform's structure and void spaces. The technology continues where light weight, low volume, and high energy are priority. Applications include light electric vehicles, launch vehicles, and high density storage.
The concept of structural energy storage seeks to synergistically combine the mechanical, load-bearing qualities of chassis infrastructures with the electrical, power-delivering capabilities of contemporary energy storage solutions. Capacitor sizes and shapes are tailored for space constrained and unusual shapes where conventional cylindrical or prismatic solutions are difficult to integrate. Applications target either a reduction in system size or an augmentation in system power and energy. Strong candidates for this technology include: Satellites (CubeSats, NanoSats), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Robotic, Platforms, Cargo Modules, Micro-sensors, Missile Systems, Underwater Vehicles, Light Military Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, Electric Motorcycles, Scooters, Motor Housings, Integrated Renewable Storage, Race, Cars and Motorcycles, Small Consumer Electronics, Battery Chargers, Hybrid Battery Systems.
Beyond terrestrial devices, structural energy storage is also finding applications in the aerospace sector. Satellites are a prime example of space-constrained machines that greatly rely on both volumetric and gravimetric electrical efficiency. A payload’s cost per unit weight is a metric largely driving satellite and rocket design. Small form factor satellites can be retrofitted with structural energy storage to reduce weight and, in turn, the cost of deployment.
Similar to the automotive application of structural energy storage, this technology is required to be rugged, reliable, and capable of withstanding environments such as those encountered in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) where temperatures can reach as high as 125 C. In addition to the thermal requirements of aerospace energy storage solutions, there are additional mechanical constraints that these systems must satisfy such as resistance to the shock and vibration experienced during launch and deployment.
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Last updated: 2022-02-16