Maxwell Introduces Ultracapacitors for Automotive Power Network Stabilization
15 May 2006
Maxwell Technologies has introduced Power-type versions of it its BOOSTCAP D-Cell ultracapacitor cells, packs and modules to provide high-performance, life-of-the system alternatives to batteries for automotive electrical power network stabilization and industrial applications.
The new BCAP0310 P250 310-farad, 2.5V cell and compact, fully integrated, six-cell 15-volt packs and modules provide simple, low-cost backup power solutions to avoid malfunctions that occur when multiple simultaneous electrical power demands cause a voltage sag that can upset microprocessors that manage electrical subsystems in modern vehicles.
The BCAP0310 P250 is the latest addition to the company’s line of Power-type ultracapacitor products targeted as alternatives to battery-based solutions for hybrid drive systems, idle stop-start, all-electric braking and steering and other applications in addition to power network stabilization.
Automakers are turning to ultracapacitors for solutions that optimize efficiency, ensure reliable cold starting, better manage power flows, stiffen and smoothen the power distribution network and provide fail-safe backup for critical safety systems. Maxwell’s Power products have the lowest equivalent series resistance (ESR) and highest efficiency available with current ultracapacitor technology.—John Miller, Maxwell vice president for advanced transportation applications
Other new BOOSTCAP Power products include cells ranging in capacitance from 650 to 2,600 farads and 10 fully integrated modules based on the new cells. All of the cells with a capacitance of 650 farads or greater operate at 2.7 volts, enabling them to store more energy and deliver more power per unit volume than any other commercially available ultracapacitor products.
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