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Achieving High-Energy–High-Power Density in a Flexible Quasi-Solid-State Sodium Ion Capacitor

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posted on 08.08.2016, 00:00 by Hongsen Li, Lele Peng, Yue Zhu, Xiaogang Zhang, Guihua Yu
Simultaneous integration of high-energy output with high-power delivery is a major challenge for electrochemical energy storage systems, limiting dual fine attributes on a device. We introduce a quasi-solid-state sodium ion capacitor (NIC) based on a battery type urchin-like Na2Ti3O7 anode and a capacitor type peanut shell derived carbon cathode, using a sodium ion conducting gel polymer as electrolyte, achieving high-energy-high-power characteristics in solid state. Energy densities can reach 111.2 Wh kg–1 at power density of 800 W kg–1, and 33.2 Wh kg–1 at power density of 11200 W kg–1, which are among the best reported state-of-the-art NICs. The designed device also exhibits long-term cycling stability over 3000 cycles with capacity retention ∼86%. Furthermore, we demonstrate the assembly of a highly flexible quasi-solid-state NIC and it shows no obvious capacity loss under different bending conditions.