X-Cap is a revolutionary technology or game-changer not only in energy storage, but also for the auto industry. X-Cap can replace car engines, all together. The X-Cap and electric motor/controller will weigh less than a gasoline engine, the transmission, the differential, the fuel system, the cooling system and the exhaust system, and will enable a 3300 lb (1500 kg) EV to travel at least 200 miles (320 km). No more air pollution from car exhausts; which more than 10,000 people die each year in the U.S. alone directly from vehicle air pollution. The cost of electric energy is 75% less than gasoline to travel the same distance.
EV charging stations can be much smaller and safer than a gasoline station, so it can be installed in public or commercial parking lots (or at home) for a 3-5 minute charge per vehicle. There are over 115,000 gasoline stations in the U.S., and we predict over 1,000,000 charging posts in the U.S. in 20-years (each charging post can handle 4-cars).
Carbon nanotube filaments replace activated carbon in existing supercapacitor designs. Special current collector design increases power. Proprietary electrolyte to increase charge storage. Combined, these new features would enable X-Cap to store 20X more energy than existing supercapacitors by weight.
Increasing electrode surface area by over 10X and the new electrolyte performance by 2-3X.
3rd party lab validation. About 18-24 months to commercial scale, after funding.
The cost of carbon nanotubes needs to drop by 100X.
Non-provisional patent filed in Jan 2010
Build full-size prototypes, validation tests by federal agencies, field tests in electric vehicles, tests at EV charging stations and at utilities for Smartgrid storage/load-leveling.
To manufacture X-Cap and to license the X-Cap technology for international distribution. Electric vehicles and EV charging stations will become practical realities using X-Caps. The Smart Grid distributed storage will become a reality, as well. Solar and wind farms will become practical, more profitable and more useful to the Grid.
6-Months: Complete lab prototype for validation tests ($100K USD).
10-Months: Complete 1-kWh prototype for full testing protocol ($150K USD).
12-Months: Complete 10-kWh prototype for electric vehicle tests ($200K USD).
18-months: Complete 100-kWh prototype for utilities tests ($300K USD).
24-months: Complete construction of pilot production line (250K USD).
30-months: Complete construction of larger and optimized pilot production line ($500K USD).
36-months: Complete small-size optimized production line (12 MWh/year) ($1M USD).
Seed round: $2.5M
Initially, the automotive industry would be our target; along with the utilities. Since we have good connections to the military, the Services would welcome a 20X supercapacitor for their existing and future missions. We have been in close touch with large supercapacitor manufacturers, and they have expressed strong interest in the X-Cap technology once fully validated. They would assist us to commercialize the X-Cap through licensing and/or distribution.
- Affordable energy storage in $/Wh
- Long life
- Fast charge/discharge
- Lower ownership costs
- High reliability
- Non-flammable, no hazardous materials
- Automotive (EVs)
- EV charging stations
- Utilities (distributed storage, load-leveling, regulation, auxiliary)
- Renewable energy generation
- Power backup
- Personal electronics
- Demonstrate X-Cap in EVs and electric buses in range and charge speed.
- Demonstrate X-Cap X-Cap in Smart Grid applications to the utilities.
Currently at lab device level.
- Maxwell Technologies
- General Atomics
- EEStor (?)
We have developed a new generation of energy storage that can store 20X over supercapacitors, 2X over lithium-type batteries (by weight), minutes to charge, over 1-million cycles in life, no hazards and to be less than $300/kWh.
To manufacture the X-Cap ourselves, initially. Then license to other supercapacitor mfrs that are strong in their respective markets. The automotive industry is most pressed for a practical and affordable energy storage solution, where the X-Cap would be best received. The utilities is the next market most pressed for an X-Cap solution, where it can can less than $300/kWh and has a greater than 500,000 cycle-life in extreme climates. Other significant markets include the military, power backup and personal electronics.
X-Cap will replace batteries, supercapacitor and many gasoline engines; because it is much lighter, more compact, and stores 2X more energy than the best batteries on the market by weight. A 1-time investment in a X-Cap power-pack will last for the life of the X-Cap casing (approx. 30-yrs).
Karl has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology. He worked on experimental Tokamak fusion reactors at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab designing high-energy magnetic coil systems. During the 5-years at Princeton, Karl also specialized in composites materials; including conducting radiation-effects studies on epoxy/glass laminates for fusion radiation spectra and developing extremely large epoxy vacuum-pressure impregnation systems.
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