February 13, 2016

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A little while ago we looked at Ioxus and their specific ultracapacitors.  Here is a look at their applications.
Utility Applications.  Ultracapacitors also make sense for utilities.  By using them as strong temporary backups, their energy output can range from a few seconds to minutes.  Ultracapacitors can give the temporary boost needed in down time for the grid.  For instance in a brown out scenario, they would support the system and continue the regular flow of energy until a backup generator kicks in or the problem solved.  In the case of a black out, they would offer temporarily energy until back up.  In this aspect, they can be considered a bridging technology that enables longer battery life and can also act as “electrical shock absorbers”.  As far as alternative energy, ultracapacitors can be used in wind turbines to control blades, feathering them out of high speed wind, as well as orient them for maximum efficiency.  In the solar energy use, they can also continually reposition the concentrators to provide the best angle for capturing the sun’s powerful rays.
Mass Transit Applications.  Using ultracapacitors with EVs and hybrid, HEV, whether as plug-in hybrids, PHEV or not makes sense.  They alleviate strain and stress on batteries and as far as mass transit is concerned, we have already have seen how they improve performance.  From short bursts of energy to increasing life expectancy of lithium batteries, one bus in China is using 100% ultracapacitors and recharges at every station, with the use of fast umbrella chargers.  Using ultracapacitors in vehicles as backup power, as well as localized instruments and car features reduces size, weight and help with energy load-balancing.  Ultracapacitors have better temperature tolerance that increases life cycle and useable time per charge.
Ioxus Products.  Some of the Ioxus ultracapacitors pack twice as much power than its competition.  With its large prismatic cells, they can be fitted in smaller space with greater efficiency.  In a world where everything is made elsewhere and sometimes assembled in the U.S., their products are completely “made in the USA”.
And as far as the possibility of a 100% ultracapacitor EV, Chad does not believe it will happen anytime soon.
We could have entitled this article: The multi-faceted ultracapacitor, and it is fair to say that Ioxus is at the forefront of capacitor technology.  It never ceases to amaze us as to the multiple uses of ultracapacitors.  Ioxus has received millions of dollars in grants from the local, state, and federal government resources, and have 21 patent applications filed with many more to come.  We feel the role of ultracapacitor for EVs and utilities will grow in the future and we can expect Ioxus to be a leader in this department.

Editor note: We have not received any compensations or otherwise gifts from Ioxus or its parent company.

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