New 3.0V Platform for Improved Energy Storage
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New 3.0V Platform for Improved Energy Storage

By Energy CIO Insights | Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Maxwell Technologies, Inc. recently announced the launch of the fully featured 3.0-volt platform. The company is a leading developer and manufacturer of power delivery and energy storage solutions. The next generation ultracapacitors will give the users the ability to increase power and energy in the same form similar to a 2.7-volt product line and can significantly be cost-effective by using lesser number of ultracapacitor cells. Options are available for users to upgrade to a 3.0V solution to extend the life of the products. The 3.0V platform is designed to be compatible with single cell application as well as multi-cell module systems.

Thibault Kassir, vice president and manager of Maxwell Technologies, stated that the product roadmap of Maxwell Technologies seems to continuously expand with the introduction of the highest energy cells to date. The customer query about flexibility was considered, and the 3.0V family line was specifically developed to give the flexibility to manage high-voltage or cost-sensitive application. The products were outcomes of a collaboration of its technology centers across the world. New industry standard was set by Maxwell to deliver a high-quality product with affordable pricing. The products were designed to meet the emerging trend in storing renewable energy, smart grid, and industrial electrification. Drastic growth of renewable source of energy has increased the number of wind turbine installations, which requires a high number of storages to control the pitch during critical situations where the blades must be brought to a standstill. To power Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) in warehouses, there is a spike in demand by Ecommerce for ultracapacitors. There is a need for enhanced connectivity in smart meters for various utilities like gas, water, and electricity and it requires a high level of functionality to ensure an accurate reading.

The capacitor can be used alone or can be integrated into a hybrid configuration of fuel cells; Maxwell’s 3.0V can reduce the cost and weight of the system while providing an excellent return on investment for the consumer. Small cells can be used in powering emergency lighting, actuators, automotive, telematics, backup system, robotic application, and smart meter. The small capacitors perform similarly to the Gen 1 XP line. 3400F ultracapacitors are used to power UPS, and industrial applications and the customers can upgrade from any of the current 3000F or 3400F products.

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