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® Battery Replacement for Heavy Equipment Increases Starting Reliability

    ONEONTA, N.Y., April 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Ioxus, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of ultracapacitors and energy storage products, announced today that the 24V uSTART® battery support system is now being offered as the heavy equipment industry's only drop-in replacement product that needs no special wiring. Using two group 31 batteries in series, with one 24V uSTART in parallel, users can replace their 4D battery in heavy equipment.

    The ultracapacitor-based product is designed with smart power electronics to assist in starting engines up to 50L for large off-road equipment.  Using the available Smartphone Bluetooth app, once the uSTART is connected to the batteries, users can look at the voltage of the batteries, the charge level of uSTART, initiate a jump start without connecting any wires, or put the unit into maintenance mode for safe removal or repairs.

    The goal of the uSTART system is to provide the vehicle with a start, no matter the condition of the existing batteries or external temperature. If the batteries run too low duread more...

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