Sights and Sounds from PCIM Europe

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This year, PCIM Europe hit various record highs, and we’re excited to have been a part of the show. With more than 330 exhibitors and 7,000 pre-registered visitors, this year’s event was bigger than ever. It was great to meet so many new people interested in power electronics, intelligent motion, renewable energy and energy management. As we met more engineers who were looking to increase the efficiency of their designs, it became clear that the demand for improved energy storage options is rapidly increasing.

PCIM attendees went to the show in search of innovative energy storage options that enhance application performance. Whether the application in mind was an LED, a hybrid vehicle or a wind turbine, attendees found the innovation they were looking for in energy storage technologies such as ultracapacitors. Ultracapacitors can store a large amount of power in a small package and significantly enhance batteries in hybrid systems, improving the power density of the hybrid supply.

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  • uSTART® Lead-Free Replacement for Truck Batteries

    ONEONTA, N.Y.Jan. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Ioxus uSTART® has received two fleet industry awards for sustainability by eliminating lead-acid batteries with its ultracapacitor-based, drop-in battery replacement.

    "With uSTART, fleets not only realize the benefits of improved starting reliability, there are equally important and real sustainability improvements from lead waste reduction," said Chad Hall, executive vice president and co-founder of Ioxus. "By replacing one of the batteries on a vehicle with a uSTART module, up to 15 fewer batteries are needed over the lifetime of the vehicle. This translates into 1,000 pounds of lead that will never need to be disposed of or allowed to affect groundwater."

    EU legislation on batteries is embodied in the European Battery Directive.  Its objective is to contribute to the preservation and improvement of environmental quality by minimizing the negative impact of batteries and battery waste.  As these preservation efforts expand, sustainable technologies develop to manage and mitigate these risks.

    Replacing a lead-acid battery with uSTART in a typical commercial vehicle creates measurable environmental benefits:

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