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Maxwell Technologies Introduces 75-Volt Ultracapacitor Module For Renewable Energy Industrial Applications

The 75-volt BOOSTCAP ultracapacitor module.
by Staff Writers
San Diego CA (SPX) Sep 18, 2007
Maxwell Technologies is introducing a 75-volt BOOSTCAP ultracapacitor module to provide a scaleable, cost-effective, low-maintenance solution to meet the backup power and power quality requirements of wind turbines and other renewable energy generation and industrial equipment applications. Maxwell developed the new module, which will be generally available early in the fourth quarter, in response to market demand for an easy-to-integrate energy storage building block for a variety of electrical system functions, including:

- Backup power for orderly shutdown of wind turbine blade pitch mechanisms and automated manufacturing equipment;

- Buffering to enhance the consistency of wind, solar and wave power input into the utility grid;

- Low-maintenance alternative to batteries for short-term bridge power for uninterruptible power supplies (UPS).

David Schramm, Maxwell's president and chief executive officer, said that the 75-volt module augments the company's existing line of standard multi-cell ultracapacitor module products ranging from 15 to 390 volts.

"These standard BOOSTCAP modules give system integrators and original equipment manufacturers a broad range of fully integrated, off-the-shelf options to match the energy storage and power delivery needs of all types of systems," Schramm said. "BOOSTCAP modules can be arrayed in series or parallel configurations to provide instantly available power for higher voltage applications."

The latest addition to the BOOTSCAP module product line is based on Maxwell's standard 3,000-farad Energy cell, which has demonstrated its performance and reliability in numerous transportation and industrial applications. The module is enclosed in a rugged, splash- and dust-resistant enclosure designed to ensure safe, reliable operation in harsh temperature, humidity and vibration conditions. The new BMOD0094 EO75 B02 75-volt module features an IP54 dust and water spray resistant design, is SAEJ 2383 vibration test compliant and includes an integrated temperature sensor to enable remote monitoring.

BOOSTCAP ultracapacitor products deliver up to 10 times the power and longevity of batteries, require no maintenance and operate reliably in extreme temperatures. In transportation applications, they efficiently recapture energy from braking for reuse in hybrid and all-electric drive trains, reducing energy consumption and emissions.

They also provide compact, lightweight, "life-of-the vehicle" solutions to stabilize automotive power networks and power new, all-electric subsystems, such as drive-by-wire steering. In mission-critical industrial applications, where backup power ensures continued operation or a soft shutdown in the event of power interruptions, they provide reliable, cost-effective, maintenance-free energy storage. In wind turbine blade pitch and braking systems and other industrial applications, they provide a simple, solid state, highly reliable, solution to buffer short-term mismatches between the power available and the power required.

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