Ultracaps Enable Green Tech Advances

When GigaOm recently put out its top 10 list of things to be thankful for in green technology, a couple of items caught my eye.

First, GigaOm staffer Katie Fehrenbacher notes that the Obama administration’s launch of a new fuel efficiency standard will bump up the requirements on passenger cars and light trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon within the next eight years.

Ultracapacitors will play a significant role in moving the automotive industry toward that goal. In combination with batteries, ultracaps are already giving the hybrid car and truck the means for high-energy, high-efficiency and high performance at a wide temperature range and with decreased maintenance needs. In particular, micro hybrids that use start-stop technology to save fuel and reduce emissions in traffic benefit from ultracapacitors, which let manufactures move toward the impending standards for fuel efficiency.

Also on the to-be-thankful-for list: smart meter installations. GigaOm notes that while there has been some negative attention to smart meter deployments, they are progressing quickly and jumped from a 6.5 percent U.S. penetration rate in 2009 to 13 to 18 percent in 2011.

As utilities seek out better ways to measure, predict and report consumption as a way to inform power conservation and generation, they are paying closer attention to ultracapacitors. The grid — eager to contain demand in smaller regions like municipalities, industrial parks and remote locations – is considering ways to pair  ultracaps with batteries to store and maximize energy and power.

As these efforts progress, there will also be an increased focus on automatic meter reading to monitor and improve energy use and decrease losses at point of use and at regional feeder terminal units. Here too, ultracaps will play a key role.

There’s certainly a lot to give thanks for in green tech this year, and ultracapacitor technology enables many of the advances gaining notice in the market.

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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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