April 14, 2015
The Ioxus R&D team is always hard at work, trying new things and working with new technology. As part of our continued work in R&D the team is proud to announce that it has significantly increased performance of the energy saving i-ELOOP system of a 2014 Mazda 6 Grand Touring passenger car, by fitting it with the Ioxus high energy ultracapacitors. The module, which replaces the stock Nippon Chemi-Con module, occupies the same space but has 26% more capacity and delivers, on average 44% more energy but is lighter in weight.
February 10, 2015
Over the past several months you’ve heard how Ioxus is changing the game for alternative energy storage by rethinking ultracapacitor design and production. This trend continues with the finalized release of our iMOD X-Series™ product line. A family of 22 modules, the iMOD X-Series’ core technology is extremely flexibility and simplifies system design and installation for the end-user by offering customers nearly an infinite array of possible mounting configurations.
January 19, 2015
Late last month our team spent time with over 200 other exhibitors in China to share and explore new technologies and products for electric vehicles. We always enjoy these types of events, especially in such a key and robust market using ultracapacitor technology.
January 5, 2015
According to research from IDTechEx early last year, 2014 was expected to be a turning point for ultracapacitor adoption and projected the industry will hit $6 billion in 10 years. As GreenBiz’s Heather Clancy wrote in August, “the role of ultracapacitors in energy storage and efficiency applications moved toward center stage this summer with high-profile transportation projects.”
December 12, 2014
Heat is one of the quickest ways to damage or kill a cell entirely within a module. For over a decade, this has been top of mind for automotive manufacturers and a requirement for wider adoption of ultracapacitor adoption. With Titan™ Technology, Ioxus has achieved an industry first.
October 21, 2014
Ultracapacitor-based energy storage systems are quickly becoming the standard for hybrid buses. The technology improves overall performance by alleviating the battery from many of its responsibilities. The battery is still needed to provide the consistent low energy for long periods of time, while the ultracapacitor handles all of the high current work due to its low resistance. Using this hybridized storage system allows for the strengths and weaknesses of each technology to balance out, resulting in reduced battery size, strong energy-recapture, increased driving range and longer battery life.
September 15, 2014
It’s September, which means it’s time for the annual Battery Show. This week, a few Ioxus colleagues and I will join hundreds of technical leaders, scientists, engineers, buyers and senior executives in Novi, Michigan to discuss the latest in battery technology and alternative energy options.
July 8, 2014
An ultracapacitor can be made from many materials and come in many different shapes and sizes. However, there are three main commercial offerings of capacitor energy storage (Symmetrical EDLC, Asymmetrical, and LiC) each with its own unique design and application. Yet as you read through the pros and cons below, one version stands out as the proven technology for the markets it serves.
June 5, 2014
As energy prices continue to rise, consumers and manufacturers of transportation vehicles are embracing alternative ways to conserve and reduce costs, and light rail is no different. The designs and uses of ultracapacitors make the technology a reliable technical solution for light rail. The primary options for this application are rolling stock (800 – 1500V) and way side storage (≤ 1000V), each with their own set of challenges and risks. Regardless of the application there are certain requirements expected from the ESS, in this case ultracapacitors.
March 26, 2014
We’re already familiar with the basics for how ultracapacitors function, but what about AGM (absorbed glass mat) batteries? What are the differences, and why are they so frequently confused? AGM batteries differ from flooded lead acid batteries in that the electrolyte is suspended in the glass mats, as opposed to freely flooding the plates. In theory, this enhances both the discharge and recharge efficiency. When left unattended or not used daily, an AGM battery will hold its charge better than other types and are often found in deep-cycle applications, solar energy storage and vehicle starting.
February 14, 2014
To build better automobiles and gain an advantage over competitors, automotive engineers continue to research new ways to improve functionality, maximize performance and advance technology. One area of research that is quickly progressing is how to make the electrical bus more efficient and higher-performing. This has led to engineers making more liberal use of ultracapacitors located at the point of demand. By applying ultracapacitors to different applications throughout a vehicle, the copper content is significantly reduced and allows the battery to function without a large current flow. The wires that go to the desired application can be smaller in size, since they no longer need to carry as much current. Now with the elimination of large current spikes, engineers are able to stabilize the vehicle’s voltage and extend the life-cycle of the battery by placing less of a demand on it. As a result, replacing the battery becomes a far less frequent occurrence.
November 25, 2013
At the risk of sounding obvious, after 30 years of near-unwavering consistency, the automotive industry is finally trying to find ways to increase fuel economy… they’re just not doing a very good job of it. On one end of the scale you have electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV). Neither are visually appealing and only affordable to the relatively wealthy – the median income of a Nissan Leaf buyer is $165K. Granted these vehicles can maximize every penny spent on variable cost, but carry a huge fixed cost in order to do so.
September 4, 2013
Over the past decade, the auto industry has seen an increase in the availability, acceptance, and ultimately, in the market share, of hybrid vehicles. Thanks to government mandates about emissions and fuel economy, and thanks to rising fuel costs, consumers are more interested in purchasing these vehicles and automakers understand the need to make them well.
August 14, 2013
Given our recent focus on the blog, you’d be hard pressed not to recognize the enormous potential for ultracapacitors in the automotive industry. Consumers are pushing for cleaner, most cost-efficient vehicles, as is the government, and automotive OEMs are working quickly to create efficient hybrid vehicles.
July 15, 2013
The automotive industry has always been at the forefront of innovation. With the addition of innovative features such as power steering, fuel injection engines and four-wheel drive, as well as smaller, functional additions, like the introduction of electric windows, built-in GPS and heated seats, automakers have consistently introduced customers to new technology that they now cannot live without. And while it seems as though car manufacturers have thought of everything, now the automotive industry is at a critical juncture. Due to demands from environmental groups, international regulators and even consumers, OEMs must take on a bigger challenge: leading a fundamental shift in how cars are powered.
June 21, 2013
Our previous post focused on the technical terminology associated with ultracapacitors in the automotive space. Now, armed with that knowledge, we’ll get into the specifics of the types of technology in hybrid and electric vehicles. Did you know that there are four variations of “micro-hybrid” cars alone? Read on for the differences between each, and answers to all your other questions about these vehicles.
June 14, 2013
In our next installment of the Ultracapacitor 101 blog series, we wanted to begin to explore the applications of ultracapacitors. Now that you understand how ultracapacitors work and have a thorough understanding of ultracapacitor terminology, it is time to learn how this technology works in one particularly important sector: the automotive industry. We’ll devote several blog posts to this topic, but to start, we want to provide a separate glossary of terms specific to the automotive industry.
May 13, 2013
We have had two previous discussions for the terms used in the ultracapacitor arena, providing an overview of how the technology works and defining some of the terms. This blog post is a continuation of the definition of terms in an effort to create a glossary of key terms in the ultracapacitor space. Understanding the technology helps, but you won’t be able to compare products without a clear understanding of the related terminology. Check out the definitions of must-know ultracapactior terms below and tweet us @ioxus with your questions. Don’t forget to also let us know what you think of this series and offer suggestions for other topics.
May 6, 2013
Now that we’ve discussed the mechanics of an ultracapacitor, providing an overview of how the technology works, we thought it would be helpful to create a glossary of key terms in the ultracapacitor space. Understanding the technology helps, but you won’t be able to compare products without a clear understanding of the related terminology. Check out the definitions of must-know ultracapactior terms below and tweet us @ioxus with your questions. Don’t forget to also let us know what you think of this series and offer suggestions for other topics.
April 19, 2013
Our first installment will serve as a simple explanation of ultracapacitor technology: what it is and how it works. In simplest terms, an ultracapacitor is a portable energy storage device. An ultracapacitor stores energy in an electric field, as opposed to batteries, which store energy chemically. The difference means that ultracapacitors can complete hundreds of thousands more charge and discharge cycles than batteries because they do not experience the standard wear and tear associated with chemical reactions. Ultracapacitors, therefore, last much longer than batteries.
March 19, 2013
As we make the transition from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy sources, one fact that becomes clear is that while fossil fuels provided both an energy source and a storage medium in one, in the new world of renewables, these two functions will have to be provided separately. The ability to store energy at times when it is available and not needed as well as those times it is needed but not available will be a key to the effective utilization of renewable energy.
March 7, 2013
We wrote back in August about the Wind Protection Tax Credit, calling on Congress to extend the credit in order to preserve jobs and maintain the pace for wind energy installations and products. Fortunately, Congress agreed to a one year extension in early 2013, and we can now look to the future of the wind industry and ensure an ongoing investment in domestic clean energy production and American manufacturing. We know that wind energy is critical to American jobs and to American’s energy future, but the debate on the wind energy tax credit is far from over.
February 22, 2013
November 29, 2012
The new year is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to take a look at the developments and trends we expect to see for the energy storage industry in 2013. The clean technology industry is quickly changing, reaching an expected growth of $5.1 trillion per year until 2020. This rapid growth also affects the energy storage sector, where we expect to see fast growth rates in the ultracapacitor market.
November 26, 2012
This month, AlwaysOn, a leading business media brand networking the Global Silicon Valley, recognized Ioxus’ efforts to disrupt the current energy storage industry by providing environmentally friendly ultracapacitors that simplify integration, deliver the highest power density available, and allow for quicker market adoption of ultracapacitor technology.
October 31, 2012
William Lese, Braemer Energy Ventures co-founder and a member of the Ioxus board of directors, recently spoke to Bloomberg Television about why his group continues to invest in energy storage technology. On the show “Money Moves with Deirdre Bolton,” Lese highlighted a few of his firm’s recent investments, including Ioxus.
October 23, 2012
The weather is getting brisker here in Oneonta, reminding us that cold winter months are right around the corner. For fleet operators, this means uncertainty in whether their vehicles will operate properly in colder temperatures.
October 16, 2012
Government support for cleantech innovation in New York State is a large factor in Ioxus’ success. Green Capital Empire recognized Ioxus’ growth this past Tuesday at the Green Tech Monster event, where Ioxus was named to the New York Green Tech 50. This list highlights the most promising and fastest-growing private, New York-based companies developing green technologies.
October 1, 2012
The clean technology industry has grown considerably in the past five years, reaching a worldwide value of more than $2.5 trillion per year. By 2020, the cleantech market will double to more than $5.1 trillion per year. It’s an exciting time to be a part of this industry and an honor for Ioxus to be named one of the top 100 private companies most likely to make a significant impact on this market in the next five to 10 years. Today, the Cleantech Group, a leading research and advisory firm focused on innovation in energy and the environment, unveiled its 2012 Global Cleantech 100 list, which recognized Ioxus as a top private company in clean technology.
October 1, 2012
Last year, we predicted hybridized transportation would be a hot application area for ultracapacitors in 2012. Thanks to more government funding for energy efficient transportation projects, we are seeing this prediction come true. Forty-six energy-efficient mass transit projects across seven states received a total of $112 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Pike Research forecasts electric bus sales will rise 26 percent annually through 2018. As governments worldwide work to reduce the carbon footprint of public buses and light rail, manufacturers will seek technology to make this a reality.
September 26, 2012
Today, Ioxus welcomes to our growing team, Ken Rudisuela, who joins us as our new chief technology officer (CTO). With nearly three decades of experience in the advanced battery and ultracapacitor markets, Ken will lead our engineering, research and development teams.
September 24, 2012
In the midst of hurricane season, we are experiencing more frequent brownouts and blackouts. The U.S. loses up to $100 billion each year due to power outages, so backup power is essential to keep businesses running. Uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) protect electronics from outages or disturbances by providing enough ride-through power until the power source regains stability. A UPS system using an ultracapacitor can provide enough short-term power during an outage to allow the organization to switch to an alternate power source or shut down electronics properly.
September 6, 2012
Despite their long lifespans, low energy usage and bright lights, light emitting diodes, or LEDs, have yet to attain widespread adoption. A recent Consumer Reports study reveals that high cost deters consumers from LED bulbs. To stimulate LED adoption, manufacturers of technologies using LED lighting face the challenge of extending product life without driving up costs. Ultracapacitors and hybrid capacitors, which combine an ultracapacitor with a lithium-ion battery, help improve LED technology without a significant price increase.
August 30, 2012
In four short months, the wind power production tax credit (PTC) will expire unless Congress steps in and renews the credit. Though the PTC has received wide support from both Republicans and Democrats, Congress likely will not make a decision until after this year’s presidential election. With little more than two months to go until the November elections, business leaders remain cautious, especially in the wind industry. This uncertainty and Congress’s inaction has led to stalled installations, delayed projects and lost jobs.
August 23, 2012
Customers looking to implement ultracapacitors in any application frequently inquire about aspects of the system design and its overall benefits. One important consideration that remains top of mind for our customers is cooling requirements, especially in industries where these are most important, such as automotive and hybrid bus applications.
August 15, 2012
Though we expanded to our new headquarters in the former National Soccer Hall of Fame last year, Ioxus has called the small town of Oneonta, N.Y. home ever since our founding. The ideal location for our business, Oneonta is situated in the center of the energy technology triangle formed by Albany, Binghamton and Rochester. New York is an attractive state for businesses, especially clean energy startups, to grow and expand, as highlighted by the “New New York Works for Business” campaign. Last year, the Brookings Institution ranked the Albany metro area first in the country for its energy technology economy. As a proud New York business, we can testify that this state is the state in which to do business.
August 7, 2012
Today we introduced our THiNCAP™ iMOD™ modules, which consist of high power, thin, flexible ultracapacitor packs instead of cylindrical cells. The THiNCAP iMOD series is ideal for power conditioning and automated guided vehicle (AGV) applications. With this addition to our product line, Ioxus is able to give customers the most extensive technology offerings in the industry.
July 18, 2012
Today, Ioxus announced we’re working with ElectroMotive Design LLC (EMD), an engineering services company and a manufacturer of electric hybrid conversion systems for Class 2-8 buses and trucks. EMD will use Ioxus’ 3,000F iCAP™ cells as the primary energy storage technology for its fuel-saving hybrid electric technology, emDRIVE®.
July 10, 2012
Whereas tax credits for the fossil fuel industry are permanent, the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy is due to expire at the end of 2012, unless granted an extension. Congress has stalled on renewing the credit and the resulting job losses have begun with Gamesa planning to furlough 165 employees this fall and Vestas anticipating 1,600 layoffs if the credit expires. According to Navigant Consulting, 10,000 jobs will be lost by the end of this year due to uncertainty of the PTC, and within a year, 37,000 jobs will be cut if the PTC expires.
July 2, 2012
Today we welcome the newest member of the Ioxus team, Hiroyoshi Okutani, who joins us as the general manager of the Ioxus Power Systems division in Japan. Hiro has a strong background in leading sales, marketing and financial teams, which will play a large role in his responsibilities to maintain strong relationships with existing customers and building new business.
June 25, 2012
Last week, as part of the “Raising Capital: Lessons Learned from Cleantech Entrepreneurs” panel, at the 2012 New Energy Symposium, I recounted with the audience of roughly 150 peers in the clean energy industry what Ioxus experienced and learned from the startup financing process. For the upcoming startups in the audience, I shared tips on securing financing, including my six pitch commandments:
June 14, 2012
From June 18 to 22, I will be in Mainz, Germany at the Advanced Automotive Batteries Conference (AABC), a show that examines solutions to the evolving technological needs of European automakers. I’ll be discussing how supercapacitors can solve one of the problems facing automakers: affordable, high performance, reliable energy storage systems for micro hybrids. While batteries fall short in some of these areas, auto manufacturers can improve their applications by implementing ultracapacitors.
June 11, 2012
Two weeks ago, China’s Congress officially passed its 12th Five-Year Plan which emphasizes encouraging the development of seven emerging industries to boost economic growth. Clean energy and new-energy vehicles are two of the industries China has pledged its support for. With the country barely missing its 11th Five-Year Plan of a 20 percent energy consumption reduction, China is more aggressively investing in creating a low-carbon economy with a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 45 percent per unit of GDP by 2020, compared with 2005 emission levels.
June 7, 2012
Thousands of wind industry professionals descended on Atlanta this week for the AWEA WINDPOWER 2012 event to network and learn about the latest developments in wind technologies. It was exciting being a part of the show and joining in on the industry conversations.
June 2, 2012
Ioxus will be in Atlanta, GA from June 3 to 6 exhibiting at AWEA WINDPOWER, a show that attracts thousands of industry professionals, experts, leaders, decision makers, researchers and academics representing all sectors of the wind energy industry from across the U.S. and around the globe to network and learn about the latest wind technologies.
May 30, 2012
A few weeks ago, we introduced Ioxus’ thin-film prismatic, high-energy cells at the PCIM Europe show in Germany. These cells are part of a new product line that stems from our acquisition of Power Systems, Ltd., a Japanese company that specialized in flexible, slim-pack electric double layer capacitors (EDLCs). Watch the video below from PCIM to see and hear more about the latest addition to the Ioxus ultracapacitor family:
May 24, 2012
The Ioxus team continues to grow, and we’ve most recently welcomed Nick Cataldo as Ioxus’ new senior vice president of global sales and marketing. With extensive experience growing revenue for cleantech companies, Nick is responsible for expanding the global market adoption of Ioxus ultracapacitor cells and modules.
May 21, 2012
This year, PCIM Europe hit various record highs, and we’re excited to have been a part of the show. With more than 330 exhibitors and 7,000 pre-registered visitors, this year’s event was bigger than ever. It was great to meet so many new people interested in power electronics, intelligent motion, renewable energy and energy management. As we met more engineers who were looking to increase the efficiency of their designs, it became clear that the demand for improved energy storage options is rapidly increasing.
May 3, 2012
Ioxus will be in Nuremberg from May 8 to 10 exhibiting at PCIM Europe, a show that attracts thousands of attendees from the renewable energy, energy management and power electronics markets worldwide. Attendees can stop by Ioxus’ booth in hall 12, booth #671 to see the latest in supercapacitor technology and learn about the recent advances in the supercapacitor space, as well as how these improvements drive innovation in a wide variety of applications.
April 25, 2012
Hybrid transportation is becoming more important as demands for reduced carbon emissions and increased vehicle efficiency increase. Manufacturers of medium and heavy-duty trucks are under pressure to implement better energy storage solutions to adhere to government standards and help consumers combat rising fuel prices. As a result, manufacturers are using ultracapacitors more frequently as an improved energy storage solution to help meet these demands.
April 17, 2012
By 2015, the number of new worldwide wind turbine installations is predicted to reach 118,000. However, the global adoption of wind power is challenged by the lack of consistent, reliable energy storage systems for this natural resource. For the wind market to experience significant growth, manufacturers must implement dependable energy storage technologies. Industry leaders are showing their support for this form of alternative energy by attending the wind energy conference EWEA 2012 this week.
April 11, 2012
This Wednesday, April 11, I will join executives from a range of cleantech companies on the Green Jobs Forum panel at the 2012 Global New Energy Summit in Colorado Springs, Colo. Green jobs have substantial influence on improving the U.S. job market, and this panel should prove to host an interesting discussion. Exactly how are green tech companies encouraging job creation? What is the expected growth outlook? These are inevitable questions that will arise during the event.
April 6, 2012
Automated guided vehicles, or AGVs, are used in industrial settings to transport materials around distribution centers and production lines. Implementing AGVs means that onboard operators or drivers are not necessary, eliminating the cost associated with hiring employee operators. By cutting out manual transport, AGVs reduce the potential for injury and ensure the timely delivery of materials. They are typically grouped in four general categories: tow vehicles, unit load carriers, carts and forklifts.
March 29, 2012
Typical forms of transportation like buses and cars are not the only ones under scrutiny for releasing harmful carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Forklifts, which use internal combustion engines, also require reduced emissions and enhanced efficiency.
March 26, 2012
Brownouts and power outages are becoming more common, and are often caused by storms, faults at power stations, system overloading and even human error. For applications where a loss of electrical power could be detrimental –like data centers, telecommunication equipment, high value factory production lines, computer servers or hospitals — having a source of backup power through uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) is important. The UPS is capable of providing protection instantaneously for brief amounts of time, safeguarding applications with smooth, continuous, input voltage. Ultracapacitors are an ideal energy storage device for UPS to handle power losses and provide ride-through during a drop in voltage.
March 12, 2012
More manufacturers are improving the energy storage of their applications by leaving lead-acid batteries behind and replacing them with ultracapacitors. Therefore, Ioxus will hold the webinar, “Replacing Lead-Acid Batteries with Ultracapacitor Technology,” on March 20 at 10:00 a.m. CST out of China that will address the need for widespread adoption of ultracapacitors among manufacturers.
March 9, 2012
As energy policy moves to the top of the U.S. agenda and the public’s mind, NBC’s Press:Here recently hosted me on the show as part of a roundtable discussion focusing on cleantech advancements including federal funding and policy, where the U.S. stands among global innovators and what it will take to finally achieve mass adoption of EVs. Press:Here, a Sunday morning news show, features key players in the tech industry and the top journalists who report on these tech companies together in a roundtable discussion.
February 28, 2012
The state of energy storage has been a hot topic recently with the announcement of President Obama’s proposed 2013 budget, which includes a new policy that allocates funds to renewable energy initiatives. He asks for $27 billion to be allocated to the Energy Department, and of that, $60 million could be specifically put toward researching and furthering energy storage system development. The future of clean technologies is promising. Therefore, the job market is looking up, as well.
February 20, 2012
Even in a weak economy, the cleantech industry is bringing jobs to the U.S. Demand for renewable energy solutions continues to grow and cleantech manufacturers have greater power to create jobs and boost the domestic economy. Renewable Energy World recently reported on how energy innovation helps job creation and detailed the many government, university and other organizations, such as New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), which are creating programs to invest in cleantech advances.
February 15, 2012
Ultracapacitor manufacturers are not required to follow any compliance standards, unlike manufacturers in other industries. Because there are no specifications, all companies test their products differently. Customers frequently ask about compliance standards, but because tests are not standardized, buyers cannot equally compare products. The ability to weigh different options should be an important factor in how buyers choose their products.
February 8, 2012
This week we acquired ultracapacitor manufacturer Power Systems, Ltd. from Japan. Power Systems brings us flexible, slim-pack electric double layer capacitors (EDLCs) with an extensive customer base established in the Asia-Pacific region. Ioxus will continue to serve Power Systems’ blue-chip customer base in Japan as part of its ongoing expansion.
February 1, 2012
Around the world, wind turbine installations are up and are projected to increase significantly in the next several years. The inhibitors to widespread adoption are shrinking as better energy storage options solve the problems of consistent availability, adequate lifespan and affordability. In the U.S., however, the potential end of the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) later this year could threaten the success of clean energy production in this country.
January 26, 2012
This week we announced our work with REenergy Electric (Suzhou) Co., Ltd., a manufacturer of wind turbine power control systems in Suzhou, China, who is using 50 megawatts of our ultracapacitor cells in its pitch control and main control wind turbine systems. We look forward to helping reach the wind power generation development requirements in China by providing the ultracapacitor technology necessary to encourage increased turbine installations.
January 17, 2012
Today we introduced our iCAP™ 3,000 Farad (F) ultracapacitor, a development prompted by feedback from our customers and markets around the world eager for more powerful, more durable energy storage cells. Ioxus developed the iCAP™ series for automotive, energy and other sectors pursuing cost-effective energy storage for renewable energy applications.
January 12, 2012
After we moved into our new headquarters at the former National Soccer Hall of Fame, Bill Schlesinger of WAMC Radio’s Earth Wise show hosted me as a guest on his program. Earth Wise took a tour of Ioxus’ facility to learn about some of the benefits of ultracapacitors in start/stop technology.
January 2, 2012
2011 is coming to a close, and there’s no better time than now to look back at some of the most exciting moments of the past 12 months. We’ve had an exciting year both at Ioxus and in the energy storage industry. Here are our favorite news stories of 2011:
December 20, 2011
With inevitable power outages or drastic changes in power demands, IT teams face a critical need to keep server applications running and provide memory and power backup. This is where ultracapacitors come in to provide memory and power backup for redundant array of independent disk (RAID) server applications. With several benefits beyond those of lithium-ion batteries, ultracapacitors are increasingly used in server memory applications to handle spikes in power supply. These advantages, all of which contribute to increased server efficiency, include:
December 13, 2011
Energy-efficient transit investment has been on the rise in Asia, South America and Europe. In the United States, the Transportation Department recently announced it will fund these projects, as well. In November, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said his department has granted $112 million to fund 46 projects in seven states, according to Reuters. It’s the right time for the U.S. to move forward with greening mass transit vehicles and facilities. LaHood pointed to the job creation intent of the projects, but there are other major benefits, as well.
December 8, 2011
It’s that time of year when we should take a look at 2012 trends in the energy storage industry. The market continues to change with increased renewable energy opportunities and further-developed technology. We’re predicting that ultracapacitors will become more prominent within transportation, server memory, smart grid and consumer electronics applications.
November 24, 2011
When GigaOm recently put out its top 10 list of things to be thankful for in green technology, a couple of items caught my eye. First, GigaOm staffer Katie Fehrenbacher notes that the Obama administration’s launch of a new fuel efficiency standard will bump up the requirements on passenger cars and light trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon within the next eight years.
November 15, 2011
Ernst & Young last week released the results of its analysis of U.S. venture capital investment in cleantech during Q3 2011. Even with a non-ideal investment market, Q3 investments in cleantech grew: 73 percent to $1.1 billion compared to Q3 2010. 4 percent compared to Q2 2011. Deals increased by 36 percent to 76 deals compared to Q3 2010.
November 1, 2011
In a recent article in North American Windpower, Bruce Hamilton and Andy Wickless identify the challenges facing Chinese wind turbine manufacturers looking to increase their U.S. market shares. Currently, Chinese original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) make up 90 percent of the Chinese market, but less than 1 percent of the U.S. market. Chinese OEMs are now looking for ways to expand to a global market, particularly in parts of Europe and the U.S. Hamilton and Wickless claim, “there is not really a single global market for wind turbines…there is a Chinese market and a non-Chinese market.”
October 24, 2011
Today, Ioxus released some product news that points to where the market for alternative energy is going and how quickly it will get there. Our announcement of the Ioxus 16V/58F iMOD ultracapacitor module series delivers on several capabilities for which the alternative energy market has been clamoring. It provides high performance, high efficiency and high reliability in a ready-to-use package that undercuts existing market prices.
October 18, 2011
Every year, the Cleantech Group, a leading research firm focused on global cleantech innovation, makes a careful selection of the 100 private companies most likely to make a significant impact in the market within the next decade. On Monday, Ioxus was added to this year’s list out of more than 4,000 nominees, and we expect to fulfill the expectations of that honor.
October 13, 2011
You can’t always get what you want. It’s a great song, but not a great marketing slogan. Electric vehicle manufacturers are singing it too loudly these days, as the gap between what EVs are capable of doing and what consumers want them to do remains wide. Ultracapacitors will help change that tune in the automotive industry.
September 29, 2011
Maybe, with the help of ultracapacitors. The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently projected the global increase in renewable energy generation to be just 5 percent by the year 2035 in this year’s International Energy Outlook report. But Steve Leone, associate editor at RenewableEnergyWorld.com, recently gave 10 reasons why renewables might be able to beat the EIA’s projection. With the help of ultracapacitor technology, renewable energy generation can increase over the next 24 years.
September 26, 2011
Last week, Pike Research issued a research report on how “Ultracapacitors Can Play a Key Role in Meeting New Vehicle Emissions Requirements.” The report highlights the need for ultracapacitors, shortly after President Obama announced his fuel economy and emissions rules for medium and heavy-duty trucks in August. The report also discusses the proposals of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the new fuel-efficiency standards be voluntary from 2013 through 2015, but mandatory in 2016.
September 19, 2011
Hybridized Energy Storage For the China Market – An Ioxus Webinar We want to extend an invitation to our partners, customers and contacts in China to join Ioxus for a webinar I am presenting on September 22. The session is titled, “Advantages of Hybridizing Energy Storage Heavily Outweigh Drawbacks,” and we’ll make the case for the enormous value –in terms of cost, performance and lifespan — manufacturers can gain by pairing ultracapacitors with traditional batteries.
September 12, 2011
The electric vehicle (EV) industry has had its early-adopter moment and is cruising toward the mass market. For the average consumer to choose an EV over a traditional car, however, manufacturers will have to dismantle some perceived speed bumps. Ultracapacitors are at the heart of their efforts, and the payoffs are imminent.
September 1, 2011
The adoption of light emitting diodes (LEDs) is on the rise, as makers of flashlights, street signs and medical devices look for ways to extend the lifespans of their products. LEDs give these manufacturers a far more efficient way to deliver bright light with lower power requirements. Hybrid capacitors – a combination of an ultracapacitor and a lithium-ion battery – enhance the value of the LED even further.
August 24, 2011
On his New York Times Green blog recently, Matthew Wald noted that new corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards are on the way, and car makers are already tasked with getting an average 35.5 miles per gallon starting with their 2016 models. In noting the technologies that will enable compliance with these regulations, Wald outlined the limitations of lithium-ion batteries:
August 17, 2011
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will tour Ioxus’ new headquarters tomorrow, highlighting her “Made in America” initiative. As the only fully vertically integrated ultracapacitor manufacturing facility in the United States, the Ioxus site represents the ideals Gillibrand set forth in the Made In America block grant program she authored.
August 2, 2011
Today, we announced our latest distribution partnership, an alliance with WPG Americas, which serves industries such as semiconductors and passive, electro-mechanical and display products. As we build our distributor networks around the world, this agreement with WPG stands out as particularly important. We’ve significantly broadened our potential customer base in the United States, Canada and Mexico, and we look forward to serving these markets more fully.
July 28, 2011
In a great primer on ultracapacitors and their potential applications, GigaOM’s Josie Garthwaite borrows an analogy from Joel Schindall, a professor in MIT’s Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems (LEES). She writes: “Think of it this way: The ultracapacitor is like a small bucket with a big spout. Water can flow in or out very fast, but there’s not very much of it. The battery is like a big bucket with a tiny spout. It can hold much more water, but it takes a long time to fill and drain it. The small bucket can provide a brief ‘power surge’ (‘lots of water’ in this analogy), and then refill gradually from the big bucket…”
July 19, 2011
It’s exciting enough to watch the present use of ultracapacitors unfold. In markets ranging from wind power to transportation to LED lighting, designers and manufacturers are adopting ultracaps to replace or enhance batteries, making products more efficient, easier to maintain and longer lasting. But the future will bring even greater advances. Given the innovation and research occurring in the industry today, we can predict the near-term availability of ultracapacitors with decreased ESR of 10 percent or more. When that comes to pass, a number of applications will be able to better take advantage of the ultracapacitors.
June 29, 2011
During the past months, Ioxus has been moving further into the flourishing energy storage market in China. We opened Ioxus Asia Limited to serve Chinese manufacturers, who see ultracapacitors as a critical factor in their pursuit of more efficient applications. We expanded our distribution channels throughout the Asia Pacific region, a direct response to expanding interest in ultracapacitors and hybrid capacitors, specifically in the wind turbine and hybrid bus markets. And last week, we launched the Ioxus Mandarin website in China.
June 29, 2011
The need for higher power and higher energy density is prompting design engineers and C-level executives to evaluate energy storage technologies. Lead-acid batteries, a technology that has been around for more than 100 years, is slowly dying in applications such as electric bikes, forklifts and other transportation vehicles. This is because of the advent of better “stop start” functionality in regular vehicles, the emergence of electric vehicles and the introduction of the lithium-ion battery. In addition, China is shutting down its lead-acid battery production, and governments are focusing more of their research and development on different options. This paves the way for ultracapacitors, which have hundreds of times the life of rechargeable batteries and can be charged-discharge d much faster that any battery used in electric vehicles for regenerative braking.
June 22, 2011
Ioxus welcomed NY State politicians, officials and organizations at its new ultracapacitor manufacturing facility at the former Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, NY yesterday. Brennan Smith, reporter at WBNG Binghamton, covered the story last night on the evening news.
June 21, 2011
It’s been a big week for us at Ioxus. We moved into our new headquarters and held its official grand opening today. Our home in the former National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y. is five times the size of our former building and boasts a state-of-the-art ultracapacitor manufacturing facility. There is room here to more than double our team, which we will be doing this year as we ramp up to meet the demands of our growing market. With customer orders coming to us from around the world, we’re proud to rededicate ourselves to our made-in-America vision by opening the only fully vertically integrated ultracapacitor manufacturing facility in the United States.
June 20, 2011
Earlier this month, a colleague of mine, Chad Hall, spent a week at the Advanced Automotive Batteries Conference in Germany, where 600 attendees from 32 countries gathered to discuss the latest in power generation and energy storage. From numerous sectors – military, energy, automotive and railcars – he heard great enthusiasm for ultracapacitors in general and Ioxus in particular.
June 12, 2011
China now claims greater wind power capacity than any other nation on Earth, and its capabilities to harness the elements for energy are growing. As a critical factor in the country’s economy, wind turbines dot China’s landscape, particularly along its long coastline, as well as in its interior. With more than a dozen Chinese companies now producing turbines, the need for energy storage components is growing, and orders for Ioxus ultracapacitors are increasing, as well.
June 7, 2011
As an engineer, how many projects have you worked on where money was no object? How many courses did you take in school on finding the least costly solution? If the least engineered and manufactured cost solution isn’t at the top of your current corporate list of projects, I’m sure it’s close to it. Ultracapacitors probably aren’t on the top of your list to achieve this key cost objective, but they should be. The historically based perception is that ultracapacitors are too expensive. This used to be true, but it isn’t anymore.
May 31, 2011
In crowded markets, consumers can choose to give their business to a wide field of competitors. They assign their loyalty based on any number of factors, including quality, price, service and – more and more frequently – environmental awareness. Businesses have caught on to this trend and are eager to show how green they can be. Smart energy policy is now a competitive advantage, and many enterprises attempt to illustrate their dedication to the environment by doing business in more eco-friendly vehicles.
May 17, 2011
Major environmental and economic events over the past 10 years have made the interest in greener vehicles a significant motivator for the automotive industry. A growing number of consumers care about the environmental impact of their cars. Even more care about the strain oil-dependence puts on their wallets. The general public looks at dealer lots to identify trends in greener vehicles, but manufacturers, designers and engineers know that that the real shift in energy production and storage is taking place along the auto supply chain.
May 6, 2011
So, let’s go back to basics. You’re looking at energy storage solutions, and you need to brush up on your technology options. It’s time to study the ultracap.
April 28, 2011
In a story earlier this month, Gizmodo quoted Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk regarding the future of electric cars. At the Clean Tech Forum in San Francisco earlier this spring, Musk reportedly said electric vehicles (EV) have been held back by the limitations of batteries, but are now moving, “away from battery technology altogether, into the realm of the humble capacitor.”
April 14, 2011
Today, Ioxus announced the closure of its Series B round of financing, which topped off at $21 million from investors including Energy Technology Ventures — A GE-NRG Energy-ConocoPhillips Joint Venture, Northwater Capital, Braemar Energy Ventures and Aster Capital. This round of funding closes at an opportune time for Ioxus, as interest in clean and efficient energy is on the rise, and our ultracapacitors and hybrid capacitors are in greater demand than ever before.
April 11, 2011
The wind turbine market is becoming one of the most exciting venues for ultracapacitor usage today. As companies around the world work to harness the elements and create consistent, reliable stores of energy, their largest hurdle has been energy storage. In fact, as the demand for these solutions increases, we recently won our first large orders in China. Battery-driven systems alone cannot clear that hurdle, but ultracaps are creating efficiencies in blade pitch control, maintenance and safety that could spur significant growth in an industry that has been stagnant for several years.
March 30, 2011
In a burgeoning, global marketplace, reseller relationships are particularly important. That’s why we’re pleased to announce today that Mouser Electronics has joined the Ioxus Distributor Network. With its 15 support offices around the world and 300,000 customers in 170 countries, Mouser significantly extends our reach and potential customer base.
March 22, 2011
Today we announced a new entity in Hong Kong: Ioxus Asia Limited. We’re increasing our presence in the region, where Chinese demand for optimized, cost-effective energy storage solutions is strong and growing. The wind turbine and hybrid bus markets, in particular, are expanding, and Chinese manufacturers see ultracapacitors as a critical factor in their pursuit of more efficient applications. Now is a critical time for Ioxus to be on the ground, filling and customizing orders to help local companies capitalize on the potential of smaller components.
March 11, 2011
Since Ioxus introduced our hybrid capacitor last fall, we’ve found ourselves in a curious position. The number of manufacturers creating these components is miniscule. Globally, there are only two of us, yet the demand for higher density energy storage is large and growing. Flashlights, LED applications, memory backup, portable hand tools, solar charge applications, wind turbines, automotive subsystems – all of these applications and others benefit from the 115-percent bump in energy density that our hybrid offers over the traditional ultracapacitor.
March 9, 2011
Gas pump sticker shock. We’ve all painfully experienced this lately. And we’ve all heard the reasons, and none of us really know when some relief may be in sight.
February 22, 2011
Interest in ultracapacitors is expanding at a rapid pace as applications in LED and automotive sectors gain market share. With all the excitement in the industry, it seems like an opportune time to launch a blog. In this space, we’ll communicate with our customers, prospects, partners and the expanding network of players in the green energy market. Today, we introduce the ReThink Power blog, where we will discuss technology innovations, industry trends, instructive applications and other matters important to the market.
Ultracapacitor-powered uSTART™ available for Class 3 - 6 Vehicles
ONEONTA, N.Y., March 28, 2016 -- Ioxus, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of ultracapacitors and energy storage products, announced today that the uSTART™ engine starting system is now being offered as the industry's only drop-in replacement product that needs no special wiring. The Ioxus ultracapacitor-based product is designed to do all of the things that competitive products do not, such as increasing the vehicle bus voltage by greater than 10% during crank, reducing cranking time for more than 20%, reduce peak current to the starter by more than 15%, reduce the cycling seen by the battery by more than 40%, increasing starter life by more than 30%, and provide a built-in jump start system that will allow users to charge the capacitor from adjacent "dead" batteries and eliminate stranded trucks. All without any special wiring—simply drop-in uSTART in place of an existing battery!
The uSTART system from Ioxus is a two-terminal product, eliminating the rewiring required by competitive engine start modules. One of the existing read more...