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Supercapacitors and Energy Storage

Energy storage is a key topic for research, industry and business, gaining more and more interest.

Supercapacitors (also known as ultracapacitors, electrochemical capacitors or double-layer capacitors) feature exceptional capacitance values reaching hundreds or even thousands of farads. This is several orders of magnitude higher than traditional devices.

Developments in supercapacitor technology and supporting electronics, combined with reductions in cost, have created extraordinary new opportunities for electrical and electronic systems in both research and industrial applications. The number of manufacturers grows every day as performance potential increases, costs fall and estimated business turnover rises.

This workshop provides an overview of the exciting supercapacitor technology, but it will also provide a forum to discuss and compare other energy storage solutions: batteries, high-voltage capacitors, superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES), flywheels, power electronics, novel control and modeling techniques, special applications.

The workshop program is conceived to be more than a simple overview: this will offer a way for people in related fields to meet and share ideas. A specific area will be available for exhibitors.

Workshop in a Nutshell

General Information


27 and 28 May 2020


Tuscia University
Aula Magna "G.T. Scarascia Mugnozza"
Via Santa Maria in Gradi, 4


The Workshop provides an overview of the supercapacitor technology, but it will also provide a forum to discuss and compare other energy storage solutions.

Expected Audience

One of the main peculiarity of this event is to provide a meeting point for people belonging to different environments (researchers, manufacturers, industries, integrators and utilities) both as speakers and as audience.


Organizers accept voluntary contributions from sponsors for logistics (coffee breaks, social trip, student support). Sponsors have their logo and description on website, posters and brochures and can display promotional material on a table and insert leaflets in the attendant folder.

If you are interested in sponsorship, contact the organizers by e-mail.

Exhibition Area

A small exhibition area will be available for supercapacitor samples, energy storage systems, measurement instruments and son on.

Oral Speakers

Oral speakers are invited by the Scientific Committee (see Workshop Program).

Nevertheless, if you have an interesting topic to be presented, feel free to contact the Scientific Committee by e-mail.

Poster Session

While the speakers for oral presentations are invited directly by the Scientific Committee, space for posters is available for all the registered participants, in particular for students, presenting activities related to the Workshop topics.

The Poster Session will be available in parallel with the other Workshop Sessions and breaks.

Best Poster Award(s)

The Scientific Commitee will assign some Best Student Poster Awards to the best posters having a student (undergraduate, Master or PhD) as first author and presenter. All the posters presented by students are eligible for the workshop awards.

The number of awards will depend on the available funds. For reference, in 2019 two awards were assigned, each award included a grant of 200 € for the student.

Post-Workshop Files

Workshop slides and posters are generally uploaded on the Workshop website after the event (excluding some confidential contents).


In order to present recent developments and to include industrial presentations, the issue of formal Workshop Proceedings is not foreseen.

Selected oral or poster presentations will be invited for a free submission on a Special Issue of the Journal MDPI Energies.


A shuttle service will be organized from the Rome Fiumicino Airport (travel duration about 1:30).

Registration Fee

Thanks to the support of prestigious sponsors and to the speakers' commitment, the workshop participation is totally free (with mandatory registration).

Registration Form

Consider that the seats in the Workshop Hall are limited. Register here in advance.

Lunches and Coffee Breaks

To be defined.

Social Tour

To be defined.

Social Dinner

To be defined.

Hotel Accomodation

To be defined.

Total workshop editions
Last-year presentations
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Organizers & Committee

Workshop Chairmen
  • Alessandro Lampasi
    Frascati (Rome), Italy
  • Simone Minucci
    Tuscia University
    Viterbo, Italy
Scientific Committee
  • Giancarlo Abbate
    University of Naples "Federico II"
    CapTop Start-up
    Naples, Italy
  • Paolo Ciambelli
    University of Salerno
    NARRANDO Start-up
    Fisciano (Salerno), Italy
  • Norma Anglani
    University of Pavia
    Pavia, Italy
  • Jan-Hendrik Ernst
    Reactive Technologies
    Munich, Germany
  • Marcos Lafoz
    Madrid, Spain
  • Luigi Martirano
    University of Rome Sapienza
    DREAM Start-up
    Rome, Italy
  • Antonio Morandi
    Department of Electrical,
    Electronic and Information Engineering
    University of Bologna
    Bologna, Italy
  • Luigi Pellegrino
    Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico (RSE)
    Milan, Italy
  • Francesca Soavi
    Department of Chemistry
    University of Bologna
    BETTERY Start-up
    Bologna, Italy
  • Giuseppe Taddia
    OCEM Power Electronics
    Valsamoggia (Bologna), Italy
  • Ottorino Veneri
    Istituto Motori CNR
    National Research Council of Italy
    Naples, Italy

Official Sponsors & Partners

The Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) is the second major Italian research organization, with around 2700 staff employees distributed in its 9 research centers all over the national territory.

The Tuscia University (Università degli Studi della Tuscia, UNITUS) is a university located in Viterbo, Italy, with campuses in and around its historical centre. It was founded in 1979 and comprises 6 faculties.

The Italian Association of Chemical Engineering (Associazione Italiana Di Ingegneria Chimica, AIDIC SUD) joins researchers and professionals working in the field of Chemical Engineering.

The Industry Applications Society (IAS) is a transnational organization of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) that enables the advancement of theory and practice in the design, development, manufacturing and application of safe, sustainable, reliable, smart electrical systems, equipment and services.

The IEEE Sapienza Student Branch Chapter is a non-profit, scientific-cultural association whose purpose is the dissemination of scientific knowledge, aimed mainly at young university students, sponsoring, promoting and coordinating studies, debates, research, cultural and social activities.

The Italian Association of Electrical, Electronics, Automation, Information and Communication Technology (AEIT) was established on 1 January 1897 with the original name of "Italian Electrical Association" and from 1 November 2013, following a referendum social, assumed the current name. Then the Italian Association of Telecommunications Engineers, founded in 1962 merged into AEIT. Since 1910, per Royal Decree, AEIT received the recognition of non-profit organization.

RSE carries out research into the field of electrical energy with special focus on national strategic projects funded through the Fund for Research into Electrical Systems. RSE is a total publicly-controlled Company.

The activity covers the entire supply system with an application-oriented, experimental and system-based approach.

China Super Capacitors Industry Alliance (CSCI) was officially established on December 16, 2016. It is the only alliance led by the government to engage in the research of super capacitor industry in China.

It is a voluntary association organized by 55 industry backbone units in the field of super capacitor industry, education and research. The alliance is under the guidance of the Ministry of industry and information technology, the competent business unit, and under the supervision and management of China Electronics Industry Standardization Technology Association registered by the association. At present, there are 176 member units of the alliance.

The University of Salerno is organized in 10 Faculties. Its main campus is located in Fisciano while the Faculty of Medicine is located in Baronissi.

Salerno's Schola Medica Salernitana was the most important medical school in Europe between the 10th and 13th centuries.

The ENEA Battery Value Chain is a inter-lab group joining more than 10 laboratories each positioned in a proper chain segment.

OCEM, together with Multi-Electric (USA) and Augier (France), is a company of Aretè & Cocchi Technology, an industrial holding group focusing on high-tech businesses that are leaders in their field of activities.

Since 1943 OCEM focused on power electronics for scientific research, with a flexible customer-oriented approach. Main commitment is in the field of: plasma physics, particle accelerators, industrial applications, medical particle therapy, superconductivity, radiofrequency systems, transportation, food processing.

SPSCAP (Supreme Power Solutions) is an international leading manufacturer of supercapacitors, modules and energy systems. The company's technical innovations, excellent quality and product portfolio that extends far beyond the industry standard and offers custom-tailored flexibility are what make it unique on the market.

With its global reach and facilities in Germany and China, SPSCAP offers energy storage solutions on a variety of product levels: from double-layer capacitors to hybrid capacitors; from standard products to tailor-made solutions; from pure-supercapacitors-Energy Storage Systems to hybrid-Energy Storage Systems consisting of supercapacitors and batteries; from simple passive cell balancing, through normal active cell balancing to high-innovative dynamic cell balancing.

SPSCAP is in compliance with RoHS and REACH requirements and certificated according to ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, ISO/TS 16949:2009 and OHSAS 18001:2007.

SPSCAP: Your reliable partner for all things energy.

CAP-XX (LSE: CPX) is a world leader in the design and manufacture of thin, prismatic supercapacitors and energy management systems used in portable and small-scale electronic devices, and to an increasing extent, in larger applications such as automotive and renewable energy.

The unique feature of CAP-XX supercapacitors is their very high power density and high energy storage capacity in a space-efficient prismatic package.

Very preliminary

Workshop Program

First day. Wednesday 27 May 2020
  • 9:00 - All day
    Opening of
    registration desk
  • 9:00 - 10:00
    Welcome coffee
    Offered by the workshop sponsors
  • 9:30 - All Workshop
    Start of Poster Session
    Posters can be hung from now.
  • 9:30 - 10:00
    Greetings and
    workshop introduction
  • 10:00 - 13:00
    First Session:
    Exploring the Ragone Plot
    Session chair: -
  • 10:00 - 10:25
    The ENEA Battery Value Chain
    Margherita Moreno
  • 10:25 - 10:50
    Power the industries' future:
    China Super Capacitors
    Industry Alliance (CSCI)
    Tao Wu
    On behalf of CSCI
  • 10:50 - 11:15
    Superconducting magnetic
    energy storage (SMES)
    Antonio Morandi
    University of Bologna
  • 11:15 - 11:40
  • 11:40 - 12:05
  • 12:05 - 12:30
  • 12:30 - 12:55
  • 13:00 - 14:00
    Lunch break
  • 14:00 - 16:00
    Second Session:
    Electrochemistry and materials
    Session chair:
    Francesca Soavi
    University of Bologna
  • 14:00 - 14:25
    Acquose sodium ion
    batteries supercap hybrid device
    for energy storage
    Mehdi Soleimanzade
    Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico (RSE)
  • 14:25 - 14:50
  • 14:50 - 15:15
  • 15:15 - 15:40
  • 15:40 - 16:00
    Coffe break
  • 16:00 - 17:30
    Third Session:
    Innovative Startups
    Session chair: -
  • 16:00 - 16:25
    Ultra-fast carbon electrodes
    made of vertically-aligned nanotubes
    Pascal Boulanger
  • 16:25 - 16:50
    Shape your energy
    Aldo Girimonte
    Novac Supercap
Second day. Thursday 28 May 2020
  • 9:00 - 10:45
    Fourth Session:
    State-of-the-Art Supercapacitors
    Session chair: -
  • 9:00 - 9:25
    State of the art and future trends
    of supercapacitor technology
    Tao Wu
  • 9:25 - 9:50
    Hybrid energy storage systems,
    from IoT to electromobility
    Marco Ranalli
  • 9:50 - 10:15
    CapTop: The first Italian
    supercapacitor manufacturer
    Giancarlo Abbate
  • 10:15 - 10:45
    Characterization and modeling
    of commercial supercapacitor cells
    under charge/discharge operations
    Umberto Melaccio
    University of Bologna
  • 10:45 - 11:00
    Coffee break
  • 11:00 - 13:00
    Fifth Session:
    Smart Grids
    Session chair:
    Maria Carmen Falvo
    University of Rome Sapienza
  • 11:00 - 11:25
    Ultracapacitor uninterruptible
    power supplies
    for industries and grids
    Torsten Limbach
  • 11:25 - 11:50
    Investment in grid energy storage
    Antonio Zingales
  • 11:50 - 12:15
    Ultracapacitors for the
    understanding of grid stability
    Jan-Hendrik Ernst
    Reactive Technologies
  • 12:15 - 12:40
    Hybrid battery system
    providing multiple services
    Luigi Pellegrino
    Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico (RSE)
  • 13:00 - 14:00
    Lunch break
  • 14:00 - 16:30
    Sixth Session:
    Pulsed and special loads
    Session chair:
    Giuseppe Taddia
    OCEM Power Electronics
  • 14:00 - 14:25
    Application of supercapacitors
    for high power transport
    Marcos Lafoz
  • 14:25 - 14:50
    Supercapacitors-based power
    supply for the ASDEX Upgrade
    tokamak coils
    Antonio Magnanimo
    Max-Planck-Institute for Plasma Physics
  • 14:50 - 15:15
    Economic analysis
    of energy storage sizing
    for port crane application
    Mostafa Kermani
    Sapienza University of Rome
  • 15:15 - 15:40
    Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation
    of power converters
    including supercapacitors
    Cristina Terlizzi
    University of Rome Tor Vergata
  • 15:40 - 16:05
  • 16:05 - 16:30
  • 16:30 - 17:00
    Open discussion and conclusions

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We invite you to come learn about the latest developments in supercapacitor and energy storage technology, which has the potential to revolutionize everything from transportation to clean energy to consumer electronics.