Ultracapacitors Improve UPS Backup Power Solutions

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.

With the ability to handle high charge and discharge rates, a long lifespan, low maintenance requirements, and a wide temperature range tolerance, ultracapacitors outperform batteries and provide a more reliable energy source. While batteries can provide the necessary power, their lifespans are relatively short when used in UPS applications. Batteries require frequent maintenance and product replacement. Alternatively, engineers and designers are turning to ultracapacitors for a more reliable and cost-effective source of energy to supply the UPS.

UPS is most often used to provide ride-through during brief power disturbances, so ultracapacitors can protect against voltage disruptions, ensuring a smooth power supply to medical equipment, server memory and other mission-critical applications.

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    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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