Now is the Time to Use Ultracapacitor Technology in Micro Hybrids

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.

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Now is a great time to talk about what those benefits are and what they will mean for the automotive market. President Obama’s proposal for increased corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards for new cars and light trucks has put pressure on companies to create more efficient vehicles. Micro hybrids using start/stop technology, in which a regular combustion engine is turned off at a stop light and then quickly re-launched, cut down greatly on wasted energy.

Because ultracapacitors recharge quickly and can handle high cell cycles, they are a prime technology for start/stop applications. Their quick recharge provides the power boosts necessary for re-launching engines. Using an inexpensive, $150 component has great payoffs, as an ultracapacitor can improve efficiency in micro-hybrids by 10 to 15 percent. This technology is already popular overseas and is quickly gaining popularity in the U.S.

If the CAFE standards are reached, fleet-wide efficiency would practically double by 2025, increasing from 27.5 mpg to more than 54.5 mpg. This efficiency can easily be achieved through the use of ultracapacitors and a start/stop system. Consumers will appreciate increased fuel efficiency, since they won’t feel the sticker shock at the gas pump.

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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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