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Elna America, Inc. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elna Company, Ltd., Yokohama, Japan) is one of the world's largest multi-national leaders in the design and manufacturing of aluminum electrolytic capacitors; tantalum solid-state electrolytic capacitors, and electric double layer capacitors. Learn more about Elna America

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Elna - double layer capsElectric double-layer capacitors are based on the operating principle of the electric double-layer that is formed at the interface between activated charcoal and an electrolyte. The activated charcoal is used as an electrode, and the principle behind the capacitor is shown in Figure 1. Activated charcoal is used in its solid form, and the electrolytic fluid is liquid. When these materials come in contact with each other, the positive and negative poles are distributed relative to each other over an extremely short distance. Such a phenomenon is known as an electric double-layer. When an external electric field is applied, the electric double-layer that is formed in the vicinity of the activated charcoal's surface within the electrolytic fluid is used as the fundamental capacitor structure.
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