Dr. Richard Balanson, Maxwell's president and chief executive officer, said that the new, flashlight battery size, BCAP0310 P250 310-farad cell and compact, fully integrated, six-cell 15-volt packs and modules provide simple, low-cost, backup power solutions to avoid malfunctions that occur
when multiple simultaneous electrical power demands cause a "voltage sag" that can upset microprocessors that manage electrical subsystems in modern vehicles. Industrial applications include power on demand for robotic systems and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS).
"With more than 60 million new cars rolling off assembly lines around the
world each year, and the proliferation of power-consuming luxury and safety
features in current and future vehicles, automotive power network
stabilization represents an immediate and very sizeable opportunity for
ultracapacitor-based solutions, so we continue to move aggressively to
capitalize on Maxwell's position as the global technology leader," Balanson
Dr. John M. Miller, Maxwell's vice president for advanced transportation
applications, said that the BCAP0310 P250 is the latest addition to company'
s line of Power-type ultracapacitor products whose versatility and high
performance make them a compelling alternative to battery-based solutions
for hybrid drive systems, idle stop-start, all-electric braking and steering
and other applications in addition to power network stabilization.
"Automakers are turning to ultracapacitors for solutions that optimize
efficiency, ensure reliable cold starting, better manage power flows,
stiffen and smoothen the power distribution network and provide fail-safe
backup for critical safety systems," Miller said. "Maxwell's Power products
have the lowest equivalent series resistance (ESR) and highest efficiency
available with current ultracapacitor technology."
Other new BOOSTCAP Power products include cells ranging in capacitance from
650 to 2,600 farads and 10 fully integrated modules based on the new cells.
All of the cells with a capacitance of 650 farads or greater operate at 2.7
volts, enabling them to store more energy and deliver more power per unit
volume than any other commercially available ultracapacitor products.
Maxwell also offers a line of low-cost Energy-type products for lighter duty
industrial, UPS, telecommunications and consumer electronics applications.
"All of these products meet or exceed demanding transportation and
industrial application requirements for both watt-hours of energy storage
and watts of power delivery per kilogram and will perform reliably for more
than one million discharge-recharge cycles," Miller said. "The proprietary
architecture and material science on which these product families are based
also significantly reduce manufacturing cost, positioning Maxwell to compete
favourably with batteries and other competing technologies."
Miller noted that Maxwell's multi-cell modules for automotive applications
are encased in rugged, splash-proof aluminium chassis and include internal
cell balancing that give designers "plug and play" solutions, plus
module-to-module balancing that makes them versatile building blocks for
systems with higher voltage