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CarbonCap to the semi-finals of GAMIC Event

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We are very happy to announce that CarbonCap has been selected to partecipate at the semi-finals of the GAMIC Event - Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge.

We will present our business idea on February, 26th via web, to a commettee of judges that will evaluate all the semi-finalists and decide which of them will take part in the finals.

The team will flight to Detroit on April, 9th to attend the whole-week event that will take place there, together with all the other semi-finalists. The week will end with the finals, that will see 12 start-ups to compete for the prizes available, that amount to 300'000$.

The Global Automotive & Mobility Challenge, or GAMIC, was created to identify innovative early-stage automotive products / systems and mobility companies; cultivate new technologies and solutions; and hasten their adoption into the automotive industry.

For the participants, the benefits of GAMIC include mentoring, visibility, acceleration and, for many, p…

Why a solid electrolyte?

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The first step into the technology development of the composite materials has been the choice between solid and liquid electrolyte.

Nowadays, the current liquid electrolytes have reached incredible performances in terms of capacity and energy stored, however they present many drawbacks such as:

Low breakdown voltage.Low stability at higher temperature.Possible leakage and evaporation related phenomenon.Flammability.Fixed shape cylindrical cell. CarbonCap proposes a solution that overcome all the problems thanks to the solid state electrolyte. Basically, a solid electrolyte cannot leak or evaporate due to the state of the matter. 
This feature, incredibly increases the safety of the supercapacitor. Moreover, being completely solid, the supercapacitor is shaped upon any body or surface. In this way, we'll be able to substitute pre-existing parts of a vehicle, replacing them with an energy storage system, thanks to our structural feature.
Summarizing the solid state electrolyte allows…

Our tech history

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CarbonCap prototypes history

Collaboration and Support

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Carbon Cap aims to get a patent on the solid supercapacitor in 2019. To do so, CarbonCap will be following parallel researches based on two different technologies.
The first technology is being developed by the help of the battery research group in the Università di Parma. Meanwhile, CarbonCap is developing a its own technology in the UniMoRe laboratories.
It is important to remark that those two technologies are not alternatives but aim for two different product typologies.
The first well defined objective, is to file the patent of the first technology in middle 2019 and the other by the end of 2019, as above mentioned.
Those first two patents will be released in Italy and then, in 2020 will be extended to Europe.
At the same time, research and development on hardware will be carried out with future partners. Meanwhile, the patents will be exploited by selling licenses to the customers.

Why super capacitors?

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When Elon Musk of Telsa first came to Silicon Valley he was researching advanced, highly-dense energy super-capacitors at Stanford. Coincidentally, when giving a speech at the Cleantech Forum in San Francisco about the future of the electric vehicles Elon Musk said:

“If I were to make a prediction, I’d think there’s a good chance that it is not batteries, but supercapacitors.”

Supercapacitors are finding application in consumer electronics, hybrid and electric vehicles, industrial power management, and defense industry.
Almost all the automotive companies have started using supercapacitors in start and stop systems, engine assist, and in charging stations.

The supercapacitors estimated market value at USD 0.76 billion in 2017, and it is expected to be USD 2.25 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 9.09%, over the forecast period (2018 - 2021).
The market CarbonCap naturally belongs to is the 30% of the total, being mostly focused on the automotive sector.

Based on the internally conducted anal…

Problem & Solution

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The Problem

Electric and hybrid vehicles are the future of mobility proving its fastgrowing market, yet the available technology causes a major burden for all its manufacturers:

1. The present liquid electrolytes used in electric double-layer supercapacitors (EDLC) leaks easily endangering the passenger safety, is difficult to implement and gets affected easily by fluctuating temperatures and high voltages, thus limiting the car performance.

2. The rigid box shape of batteries and the cylindrical shape of supercapacitors strangle the design freedom by occupying a vast space in order to achieve the required voltage and performance.

The solution

CarbonCap will resolve these problems by:

1. Developing an all-solid-state structural supercapacitor as a fixed part of the entire vehicle body.

2. Exploiting unconventional car spaces to implement the shapeable supercapacitors offering more design freedom.

3. Using non-liquid electrolytes to increase car safety and avoid explosion risk.

CarbonCa…

The team

CarbonCap  is a start-up company that manufactures an innovative  shapeable all-solid-state  structural supercapacitor. 
These unique supercapacitors provide supercar and hybrid vehicle manufacturing companies with the freedom to redesign and relocate their supercapacitors, have enhanced safety, and have increased performance through rapid power charging and supply.
CarbonCap team was founded in September 2018 in Modena thanks to the UniMoRe project TACC. The team is based on the exceptional mix of experience and both technical and soft skills each team member.
•  Aldo Girimonte : Master's degree in Material Engineering. Material division.
•  Alessandro Fabbri : Master's degree in Vehicle Engineering. Vehicle division.
•  Matteo Bertocchi : Master's degree in Vehicle Engineering. Vehicle division.
•  Loris Bruzzi : Master's degree in Electronics Engineering. Electronic division.
•  Francesco Calabrese : Master's in Manufacturing Engineering. Manufacturing division.•  H…