Ultracapacitors Greening Automotive Supply Chain

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.

Manufacturers are designing systems that focus on efficiency, using hybrid power plants that consist of an internal combustion engine operating in concert with a battery bank or a fuel cell. Such hybrid power plants employ energy harvesting systems that take advantage of energy that is otherwise wasted, such as the heat that is dissipated in the braking system of a car.

Such systems rely on ultracapacitors to store an immense amount of energy and deliver a response time far faster than a battery. The use of a battery alone in a regenerative braking system, for example, would severely limit the amount of energy that could be stored due to the slow charging rate of the battery. However, this problem is eliminated using ultracapacitors, as the rate of charge is rapid, allowing the amount of regenerative energy stored to be much greater.

Ioxus ultracapacitors are used in these systems, as well as in the starter battery of traditional cars and the battery packs of electric cars. Our technology represents one of many engineering advances turning the automobile, and by extension the automotive supply chain, more green. Here’s an example.

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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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