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® 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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