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Renewable energy benefits from ultracapacitor

Young Electronics Group has announced the availability of the 75-volt BOOSTCAP ultracapacitor module for renewable energy and industrial applications which provides a scalable, cost-effective, low-maintenance solution to meet the backup power and power quality requirements of wind turbines and other renewable energy generation and industrial equipment applications. Maxwell developed the new module in response to market demand for an easy-to-integrate energy storage building block for a variety of electrical system functions, including:

Backup power for orderly shutdown of wind turbine blade pitch mechanisms and automated manufacturing equipment.

Buffering to enhance the consistency of wind, solar and wave power input into the utility grid.

Low-maintenance alternative to batteries for short-term bridge power for uninterruptible power supplies (UPS).

The new 75-volt module offers a low ESR – 15m in a compact and cost effective package which maximizes the energy density and delivery to power the largest pitch systems or provide backup for high voltage systems. The 75V, 94F modules can provide up to 73 Wh of storage and up to four modules can be wired in series.

The new module features an IP54 dust and water spray resistant design, is SAEJ 2383 vibration test compliant and includes an integrated Harting connector temperature sensor to enable remote monitoring.

The standard BOOSTCAP modules give system integrators and original equipment manufacturers a broad range of fully integrated, off-the-shelf options to match the energy storage and power delivery needs of all types of systems. BOOSTCA modules can be arrayed in series or parallel configurations to provide instantly available power for higher voltage applications. The latest addition to the BOOTSCAP module product line is based on Maxwells standard 3,000-farad Energy cell, which has demonstrated its performance and reliability in numerous transportation and industrial applications. The module is enclosed in a rugged, splash- and dust-resistant enclosure designed to ensure safe, reliable operation in harsh temperature, humidity and vibration conditions.

BOOSTCAP ultracapacitor products deliver up to 10 times the power and longevity of batteries, require no maintenance and operate reliably in extreme temperatures. In transportation applications, they efficiently recapture energy from braking for reuse in hybrid and all-electric drive trains, reducing energy consumption and emissions. They also provide compact, lightweight, life-of-the vehicle solutions to stabilize automotive power networks and power new, all-electric subsystems, such as drive-by-wire steering. In mission-critical industrial applications, where backup power ensures continued operation or a soft shutdown in the event of power interruptions, they provide reliable, cost-effective, maintenance-free energy storage. In wind turbine blade pitch and braking systems and other industrial applications, they provide a simple, solid state, highly reliable, solution to buffer short-term mismatches between the power available and the power required.

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