Ioxus ultracapacitors are being targeted at the automotive sector. Nissan is one manufacturer currently incorporating ultracapacitors into its vehicles. Photo credit: Animam.
The ultracapacitor company Ioxus last week reinforced its automotive sector focus by naming ex-General Motors (GM) executive Don Runkle the chairman of the board.
Runkle’s experience includes having been GM’s top engineering executive as vice president of the company’s North American Engineering Center.
He was previously chief engineer of Chevrolet, chief engineer of powertrain and racing at the Buick Division, director of advanced vehicle engineering and vice president of GM’s advanced engineering staff.
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As Vanderbilt University create a structural supercapacitor energy storage device, we analyse developments in the supercapacitor industry. Photo credit: Vanderbilt University
One of the most intriguing energy storage stories of last week was news of a solid-state supercapacitor so tough it could potentially be built into laptop casings, electric vehicle panels and even walls to become the basis of a structural energy storage device.The discovery, uncovered by a team from Vanderbilt University’s Nanomaterials and Energy Devices Laboratory, adds to near-daily reports of potential game-changing improvements to the technology.
So it seemed like a good time to take stock of supercapacitors (and ultracapacitors, but more of that later): what they are, what they can and can’t do in energy storage, how they can be improved, and what the future might hold for the sector.
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Ioxus, a manufacturer of premium performance ultracapacitor technology for transportation, alternative energy, medical, industrial and consumer product markets, has unveiled three new modules. The iMODTM 16V/500F, 80V/15F and 48V/165F all deliver higher power and energy densities as compared with competitive products, says the company.
Notably, the iMODTM 16V/500F provides power density up to 95% greater than modules currently on the market. “We’re seeing global customers in the automotive, wind energy, industrial and hybrid bus sectors strive for greater efficiency and higher performance with their systems, making the need for flexible and powerful products more important than ever,” said Mark McGough, chief executive.
Under a new agreement, EnerSys and Ioxus will develop and market new products that leverage the strengths and benefits of combining the former’s battery technologies with the latter’s ultracapacitor expertise.
The deal will focus on creating products to address regenerative braking and energy recovery in the material handling market, and other major markets, including generators, automotive and heavy trucks, critical and cold starts, and energy storage/power conditioning.
The companies hope that by combining their technologies they will be able to enter vertical markets in need of high-performance, extended energy storage life under harsh environmental conditions, including some automotive markets.