Hugh Sutherland, Chief Technical Officer, Carbon-IonHugh Sutherland, Chief Technical Officer
Energy sustainability has made its way to the top of the corporate agenda, with companies making ambitious pledges about achieving net zero. Drastic climate change has put the focus on global carbon regulation, igniting the need for robust energy storage systems and technologies to meet green economy goals.

Helping fulfill the promise of a cleaner, more sustainable future, Carbon-Ion Energy (Carbon-Ion or C-Ion) is advancing the research and development of next-generation power storage and delivery to address the needs of a rapidly electrifying world.

“We are developing a technology that improves the performance and manufacturability of conventional supercapacitors, combined with substantially higher energy density,” says Hugh Sutherland, Chief Technical Officer, Carbon-Ion.

Carbon-Ion’s technology is safe, fast-charging, long-lasting, and does not use rare-earth materials. Carbon-Ion cells are designed to charge and discharge extremely quickly while retaining significant energy storage, enabling the delivery of quick and clean power-on-demand.

Regarding grid management, Carbon-Ion’s technology has unique qualities that allow it to perform fast-responding power balancing to control frequency and other grid management or stabilization functions. A failure in the area can be catastrophic as electrical devices and machines will not work if the frequency is allowed to move outside of a pre-determined, very tight operating window. Carbon-Ion’s technology can leverage short-term energy storage to take energy from or provide energy to the grid which can balance load, correct frequencies and even improve the round-trip efficiency of renewable energy generation assets.

In the UK for example they are leading renewables in Wind Power. To deliver the UK’s Carbon Zero initiative, the National Grid (that operates the UK’s Electrical power system) estimate they need a 400 percent growth in Wind Power in the next eight years to 2030, to achieve their commitments. This is a massive growth requiring substantial infrastructure investment and will also require substantial frequency balance management investment to stabilize the network.

When it comes to electric vehicle (EV) charging, C-Ion has the potential to eliminate the need for expensive grid reinforcement, facilitate cheaper energy prices for EV customers, and deliver faster charging times.

The UK grid is not set up for an EV’s high-power charging; the only way to provide fast charging is by upgrading the electric infrastructure or using a device that can deliver a significant proportion of the energy required to quickly charge a car. C-Ion cells can be charged at low power and discharged into the car at high power. In essence, Carbon-Ion’s device can be inserted between the grid and the car to provide a gas station-style fill-up experience without having to upgrade the grid. Faster delivery of this energy and power to the EV allows more vehicles to use a single asset, giving customers a quicker, cheaper service on-demand and the asset owner a better return.

As an R&D technology development company, Carbon-Ion has completed almost 40 percent of the work to check the feasibility of its innovative technology. It plans to roll out its product after extensive research within 18 to 24 months. It has filed over 100 patents (of which nearly three dozen are granted) and continues expanding its intellectual property portfolio.
  • We are fundraising to complete the development of a technology that improves the performance and manufacturability of conventional supercapacitors, but with a substantially higher energy density

Carbon-Ion has previously participated in a project funded by the UK government in collaboration with the University of Oxford to evaluate how its technology could deliver a powerful boost in hybrid systems and the cost-saving measures generated by these robust energy-based storage systems.

“We saw that in a hybrid energy storage system, with a certain proportion of lithium-ion and our technology used in tandem, the lifetime of the lithium-ion cell can be increased by about 40 percent,” says Sutherland. This enables users to reduce capex by 23 percent and opex by 10 percent, as a hybrid system’s cooling and safety requirements are much lower than a full lithium-ion system.

Carbon-Ion has also previously collaborated with the University of North Carolina and worked with Williams Advanced Engineering, a reputed technology and engineering services business.

Carbon-Ion’s game-changing technology adds value to the entire power system. Creating significant efficiencies in energy systems, Carbon-Ion’s technology will help clients sustainably save money, time, and resources.