Current events, gas prices and the rise of the ultracapacitor

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.

We can add higher gas prices to the certainties of life, death and taxes. Gas prices have been inconsistently rising for years, when renewable energy costs (for example, from wind and solar) have been consistently falling. It might actually be better if gas prices consistently increased because the economy and markets don’t like surprises.

So how do we spell relief? E L E C T R I F I C A T I O N of transportation. Hybrid buses, hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs), Electric Vehicles (EVs) are all in use and available. The key electrification enabler, energy storage technology, has advanced significantly the past decade and is continuing to improve even more rapidly.

The consistently falling price and rapidly rising performance of ultracapacitors is helping to fuel the growing adoption of this technology in the automotive industry, which is using more efficient energy storage to meet the demands of a receptive public. Ultracapacitors are playing a key role in hybrid automotive systems, such as regenerative braking, by storing and providing energy very quickly, with a response time far faster than batteries.

Ioxus ultracapacitors provide energy storage systems that significantly improve the efficiency of hybrid electric vehicles and lower the peak power requirements on hybrid-diesel, fuel cell or battery-based vehicles. By stabilizing the power output of these devices with an ultracapacitor, automotive companies gain impressive energy savings and life expectancy increases for fuel-cell and battery-based applications. These components are helping car companies build better, more affordable and more readily available hybrid products.

And the best news of all, the future is now, and this technology is truly ready to address the issue of inconsistently higher gas prices and foreign oil dependency in an uncertain world. If we embraced energy storage like this generation has embraced social media, we’d be exporting oil, not importing it.

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  • IOXUS' uSTART® Receives Edison Award for its Engine Enhancement Innovation

    Ioxus, designers and manufacturers of smart power solutions based on its widely used ultracapacitor technology, today announced that it was named a Bronze winner in the Engine Enhancement category of the 2018 Edison Awards. The announcement was made at the Edison Awards Gala in New York City.

    “We are very proud to have received an internationally recognized Edison Award and to be named a winner alongside companies like Mazda Motor Corporation and CFM International, a joint company of GE and Safran Group, for our engine enhancement achievements,” said Mark McGough, CEO and president of Ioxus, Inc. “This award is recognition that uSTART is proving highly reliable and valuable for fleets in the trucking industry. Being recognized with an Edison Award is one of the highest accolades we can receive in the name of innovation.”

    Inspired by Thomas Edison’s persistence and inventiveness, the Edison Awards are judged by a panel of more than 3,000 leading business executives, including past award winners, academics and leaders in the fields of product development, design and engineering. The judges recognize products as true innovations in their category.

    In addition to the Awards Gala, the annual Edison Awards program encompassed a full-day, “Meet the Innovators Forum” and the, “Innovators’ Showcase,” which offered guests a hands-on experience with read more...

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