Winchester, UK - Ultracapacitor innovators, Ioxus Inc (Oneonta, New York, USA) has recently launched a new family of large cell prismatic electrochemical double layer capacitors (EDLC) for transportation and utility applications that have been developed to be more cost effective in terms of overall system designs.
The ultracapacitor manufacturer's 1,000-, 3,000- and 5,000-Farad ultracapacitors are claimed to be smaller in size with increased energy and power density compared to products being offered by other industry players.
A wide range of high-power applications, such as transportation, electric utility, material handling, industrial bridge power and renewable energy generation require low-cost and long-operating-life energy storage systems for optimal performance. Ioxus' high-performance, environmentally safe products can quickly store and deliver energy in these highly demanding applications, providing a high-cycle life and a wide temperature operating range from -40 to +70 degrees Celsius.
Ioxus EDLCs can be used as sole energy storage devices or can be combined with other types of energy storage devices, such as batteries or fuel cells, to meet the user power demand requirements. In this combination, ultracapacitors expand the system's charge and discharge capabilities into shorter response times, extend the life of other, lower-power elements and open up new options for energy storage applications. Unlike competitors, Ioxus' ultracapacitors claim to be particularly suited for applications where weight or volume of systems is important because of their high-power densities.
In this news analysis article Power Management Design Line Europe's editor, Paul Buckley finds out more about the new product range and how and why the US-based ultracapacitor manufacturer is planning to enter the European market by interviewing Chad Hall who is COO for Ioxus Inc.
POWER MANAGEMENT DESIGN LINE EUROPE: Ioxus is a relatively new name in the ultracapacitor market. What is its pedigree?
Hall: Ioxus was founded in 2006. We manufacture traditional ultracapacitors as well as hybrid ultracapacitors. The markets we serve principally are transportation, alternative energy and military. Ioxus is venture capital funded and received grants from federal, state and local governments in the USA. Our parent company Custom Electronics Inc., was founded in 1964 and they have been producing high volume, high reliability, high-voltage ultracapacitors since that time.
Ioxus started producing ultracapacitors in 2009. We have been doing a lot of research for the past few years before we started to manufacture.
We currently have 21 patent applications and have continuing developments for increased energy density solutions.
POWER MANAGEMENT DESIGN LINE EUROPE: What were the three major benefits the new ultracapacitors have to offer?
Hall: The three major selling points are smaller size, low Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) and high power density.