Supercapacitors have been compared to the flash from an old camera. They give an immediate burst of energy, which is then gone. A number of companies have combined supercapacitors with batteries for applications that require immediate response and sustained capacity. Startup SunVault Energy has developed a graphene hybrid device that is both a supercapacitor and battery storage. It is modular in design, meaning it can be shaped to power.
There are some recognizable names connected to this company. CEO Gary Monaghan is a former marketing Director for both Shaw and Rogers Communications. Director William Richardson is a former Governor of New Mexico and was Secretary of Energy under President Clinton. British researcher Robert Murray Smith recently joined the board.