We have been working with Maxwell USA for a number of years and have noticed in more recent times increased interest and use cases where Ultracapacitors can offer unique and significant technology benefits.

But first, Why use an Ultracapacitor?

Typical primary energy sources including internal combustion engines, fuel cells and batteries work well as a continuous source of low power,  but these sources cannot efficiently handle peak power demands or recapture energy in today’s applications because they discharge and recharge slowly. Ultracapacitors however deliver quick bursts of energy during peak power demands, then quickly store energy and capture excess power that is otherwise lost. They efficiently complement a primary energy source in today’s applications because they discharge and recharge quickly.

Uses Cases for Ultracapacitors Individual Cells: Maxwell’s HC series of ultracapacitor cells are ideal for consumer electronics, automotive control systems, wireless transmission, medical devices, automatic meter readers, and many other applications requiring a pulse of energy that cannot be efficiently provided by a battery or power supply alone.  They are cost effectively packaged in industry standard, radial cylinders with either wire or snap-in leads. The HC works in tandem with batteries for applications that require both a constant low power discharge for continual function and a pulse power for peak loads. In these applications, the device relieves batteries of peak power functions resulting in an extension of battery life and a reduction of overall battery size and cost. The HC series is an ideal source of backup power.  It can provide extended power availability, allowing critical information and functions to remain available during dips, sags, and outages in a power supply or battery change.  And, like all our ultracapacitor products, the HC series is capable of accepting charges at the identical rate of discharge.

Modules: Here are some typical use cases for the larger modules:

Specifications on the module configuration options are found here.

Could an ultracapacitor or module be a solution to your next energy storage requirement?

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