Cambridge, UK based Superdielectrics Group Plc has developed a breakthrough energy storage technology. The new technology stems from an ongoing collaboration with leading researchers at the University of Bristol who identified and validated the key mechanisms involved.

The Company’s vision is to create affordable, sustainable, energy systems. This could mean affordable grid independent energy anywhere in the world. Such systems require economically viable energy storage. The energy storage market is currently dominated by lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries. The Company’s patented new polymer-based energy storage technology solves the issue of dealing with rapidly fluctuating and intermittent renewable energy which makes it difficult to store solar and wind energy economically.

Superdielectrics’ energy storage technology combines electric fields (physics) and conventional chemical storage (chemistry) to create a new aqueous polymer-based energy storage technology. The Company is today formally launching the Faraday 1, its state-of-the-art hybrid energy storage technology. The technology behind the Faraday 1 has completed over 1 million hours of testing to create a system that already has the ability to significantly out perform lead-acid batteries and has the potential, with further development, to match or exceed existing Lithium-ion batteries.

The technology behind Faraday 1:
  • Aqueous polymer-based technology that solves the issues of storing fluctuating and intermittent renewable energy.
  • Highly efficient store of energy that charges over 10 times faster than lead-acid batteries with high cycle life.
  • Safe store of energy – negligible fire risk.
  • Low costs – uses readily available abundant raw materials.
  • Recyclable.
  • Huge scale of addressable opportunity with $50bn/year lead-acid battery market including electric scooter, forklift and off grid markets.

Jim Heathcote, CEO of Superdielectrics, commented:

“The team at Superdielectrics has worked incredibly hard to develop a ground-breaking technology that has the potential to revolutionise the energy storage market.  Our breakthroughs deliver the potential, at last, to create the sustainable, global decentralised energy systems that the world desperately requires.

The properties that our technology possess enables it to compete with and exceed current solutions in the energy storage arena across a number of key metrics whilst leading the way in sustainability, recyclability and affordability.

This is a remarkable achievement by all concerned and we now look forward to commercialising our platform and products – we have seen global interest in our technology.”

Professor Marcus Newborough, Director of R&D of Superdielectrics, commented:

“The combination of the benefits of rapid charging and sustainability used for energy storage now make it possible to create worldwide affordable and clean energy systems.

In the future, the continuing development of our pure supercapacitor technology could surpass all existing battery technologies.”

Professor David Fermin, Head of the Bristol Electrochemistry and Solar Team and Net Zero Ambassador for the University of Bristol, added:

“It is a privilege to be part of the most exciting technology in the energy sector that I have seen involving our organisation. These state-of-the-art supercapacitors have the potential to become a game-changer in energy storage. Superdielectrics’ devices are not only highly competitive against mature technologies in terms of energy and power density, but they are also free of critical elements, using earth-abundant materials with a lower environmental impact than other energy storage technologies. I can see Superdielectrics developing into a major player in this global market, providing safe and affordable sustainable energy for everyone.”

Professor Phil Taylor, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise from the University of Bristol, said:

“Superdielectrics’ technology offers a new route to developing a clean energy system.”

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Professor Newborough brings with him a wealth of knowledge and contacts in the field of energy storage, as well as 14 years’ experience at ITM Power PLC, where he worked most recently as Development Director. Professor Newborough has 35 years’ post-doctoral experience in energy systems and hydrogen technology. He has published over 100 scientific papers and has over 4,500 citations. During his career he held the Scottish Power / Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Energy and Environmental Engineering, Heriot Watt University, and previously, he was Professor of Energy Systems at Cranfield University and is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Bath.

Commenting on the appointment, Superdielectrics CEO, Jim Heathcote said, “We are delighted that Professor Newborough will be joining us as Director of Research and Development as an outstanding successor to Dr Highgate. Marcus’ experience will be vital as we continue to develop our technology.”

Professor Newborough said, “I am looking forward to the opportunity to lead a strong R&D team in work that is potentially globally significant.



The sustainable electrical energy storage specialist secures Suite 2 in the Science Village

Cambridge, UK, 15 February 2021: Chesterford Research Park is delighted to welcome material research company Superdielectrics to the Park’s prestigious Science Village.

Superdielectrics is developing high energy density, low cost, low environmental impact electrical energy storage devices that will help create a clean and sustainable global energy and transportation system. Supercapacitors store energy using electrodes and electrolytes and both charge and deliver energy quickly, unlike conventional batteries which perform the same task in a much slower way with the added hazard of end-of-life waste. Superdielectrics’ supercapacitors are safe, fast, contain no rare materials or conflict metals and have the added benefit of reducing pollution and waste.

Superdielectrics join fellow Science Village occupiers including Diagnostics for the Real World, Camena Bioscience and Oxford Nanopore in this energy-efficient, high-quality building, so stimulating company is guaranteed.

Jim Heathcote, CEO, Superdielectrics said: “Superdielectrics Ltd is delighted to have taken research and development laboratories at Chesterford Research Park. We are developing a completely clean and sustainable energy system using our unique high energy density supercapacitor materials.

“We are driven by strong environmental and social values which are shared by Chesterford Research Park. These are exciting times as we strive to tackle fundamental scientific problems that could reduce global poverty and starvation while cleaning up the environment.”

Chesterford Research Park provides an innovative and future-proofed environment for both established and early-stage biotechnology and pharmaceutical research and development companies. In addition to Superdielectrics, the Park is home to technology and life science innovators including Arecor, AstraZeneca, Lonza, Charles River Laboratories, Cambridge Epigenetix, Domainex and Oncologica.

Julian Cobourne, Senior Asset Manager, Aviva Investors, joint owners of Chesterford Research Park with Uttlesford District Council added: “I am thrilled that the innovative team at Superdielectrics will be continuing their ground-breaking work at Chesterford Research Park. With its focus on sustainability and the environment, Superdielectrics’ aims are complementary to that of the Park.

“Integral to the Cambridge biotech cluster, Chesterford Research Park continues to attract leading bioscience ventures. The fitted nature of the Science Village remains extremely popular with companies seeking ‘plug and play’ facilities, which negates the requirement for a protracted and sometimes expensive fit-out process. Superdielectrics are in good company in this truly unique setting with stunning natural parkland surroundings.”




Hosted by Innovator Capital – 15th March 2018

CleanEquity® Monaco 2018, the forum for emerging sustainable technology companies, hosted by Innovator Capital and the Monaco Economic Board, closed on Friday, 9th March with the Awards Ceremony in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.

An independent panel of judges, chaired by His Serene Highness, selected Superdielectrics as the winner of the award for Excellence in the Field of Environmental Technology Research.

Mungo Park, Chairman of Innovator Capital commented: “Science fiction becomes science fact once again. Congratulations to Superdielectrics for pushing the envelope on supercapacitor performance.”

About Superdielectrics Ltd

Superdielectrics is a material research company that has discovered, filed patents and is commercialising a highly significant scientific breakthrough in supercapacitor electrolyte materials and electrical energy storage. The University of Bristol estimates that these newly discovered materials have dielectric property values which are 1,000-10,000 times greater than conventional electrolyte solutions. This breakthrough offers the prospect of a new energy storage technology that is superior to existing battery technology.

Jim Heathcote, CEO of Superdielectrics said: “It is a great honour to receive this award on behalf of Superdielectrics and the scientific teams from Surrey and Bristol Universities whose diligent work has achieved such an important breakthrough. I believe that the CleanEquity Monaco awards are the equivalent to the Oscars for the environmental and scientific community. They have an important role in encouraging and supporting small companies with big dreams.

I would also like to pay tribute to the vision of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and Mungo Park for creating this important annual event more than 10 years ago. They identified that further scientific advances are necessary to achieve a clean and sustainable future for mankind and have created a forum for the most creative young companies to showcase their technology to the world.”

CleanEquity thanks, in particular: Prince Albert II of Monaco’s Foundation, Cohesion Investments, Covington & Burling, Cision, Cranfield University, easyGroup, Hobbs & Towne, the Monaco Economic Board, Parkview, Shell Foundation and STRATIS Impact.

CleanEquity Monaco will be returning to the Principality of Monaco in March 2019.