Ultracapacitor Industry News

Taiwan Begins Testing Supercapacitor-Powered, Cable-Free Rail System

The city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, has begun testing the world’s only completely cable-free rail system. Instead of relying on an overhead network of power cables to move them, the light-rail trains employ supercapacitors with wireless charging systems to get them from station to station. Taiwan partnered with Spain-based company Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) to build the trains, which can charge in only 20 seconds. Tecate Group is a distributor and integrator of Maxwell supercapacitor cells and modules.

Supercapacitor-Powered, Cable-Free Rail System

ALD Introduces MOSFETs to Balance Supercapacitors

Analog semiconductor designer ALD has introduced a series of MOSFETs to balance supercapacitors being used in high-voltage commercial applications. These MOSFETs regulate and balance leakage currents for each supercapacitor in a series stack of two or more cells. The MOSFETs extend supercapacitors’ life by minimizing the risk of cell damage from overvoltage. Tecate offers standard and custom ultracapacitor cells, with capacitance values from 0.5F to 400F, usable with this type of balancing scheme for a host of voltage and capacitance options.

Panduit Introduces Ultracapacitor-Based Uninterruptible Power Supply

Panduit Corp., a leader in UPI-based solutions, has introduced its latest product, the Industrial Network Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS). Designed specifically to back up industrial ethernet switches, the Industrial Network UPS’ use of ultracapacitors as a power source reduces the risk of downtime that comes with traditional battery use. Tecate Group’s wide range of ultracapacitor cells and modules can be incorporated into similar applications, where maintenance-free, short-term backup power is required.


Vinnie Rossi of Red Wine Audio Jumps on Ultracapacitor Train

Vinnie Rossi, known for revolutionizing audio equipment through his use of batteries in his Red Wine Audio brand, has introduced a new audio unit called LIO. Instead of using batteries in his latest product, Rossi chose to use ultracapacitors as the power source. Rossi attributes his decision to the ultracapacitors' longer life, higher current, faster delivery, and greater user-friendliness. Not only does the new LIO unit enjoy those ultracapacitor benefits, but the unit is also incredibly flexible and fully customizable. This is also true of the standard and custom ultracapacitor cells and modules produced by Tecate. The LIO serves as further proof that ultracapacitors are indeed the power source of the future.

RMAF 2014: Ultra-Flexible, the LIO from Vinnie Rossi

Ultracapacitors and Supercapaitors in automatic meter reading (AMR) Applications

Automatic meter reading, or AMR, is the technology of automatically collecting status and consumption for electric, gas or water meters. The data collected is then transferred to a central location via wireless network. This technology eliminates the providers the expense of periodic trips to each physical location to read a meter, and also allows them to provide real time billing and usage information to end users. Since the data is transmitted via a wireless network, burst of energy is needed during the transmission cycle as well and backup energy needed in case of a power outage. Therefore most of the AMR manufacturers have looked at incorporating an ultracapacitor solution within each device to satisfy this demand. Tecate Group with its broad range of ultracapacitor products offer a variety of standard and custom cells and modules with extended temperature range which are currently used within this industry.

Whole-system Persistence with Non-volatile Memories

Ultracapacitors, in conjunction with NVRAM, provide reliable back-up power in servers, eliminating the need for batteries, and the inherent environmental, monitoring and ongoing maintenance issues that come with them. Tecate Group offers a host of ultra capacitor cells and modules to provide this critical back-up power. With the broadest range of ultra capacitor solutions in the industry, Tecate offers both standard and custom devices to meet various form factor and interconnect challenges.

iExpander for iPhone Incorporates CAP-XX Supercapacitor-Powered BriteFlash to Deliver High Quality Photos (Solid State Technology)

CAP-XX (LSE: CPX) announced that Corr-Tech has selected its supercapacitor-enabled BriteFlash architecture to power the high-performance LED flash in its new iExpander accessories for the iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5.

How to design a power supply for smart meters (Electronics Weekly)

Smart electricity metering system design is looking to use completely novel power supply topologies, writes Tolga Aydemir. Smart electricity meters are big news

Mooted iPhone iExpander case uses Australian technology (iTWire)

Chicago-based Charlie Corry has designed the iExpander - a device to boost the specification of Apple's iPhone 5, 4S and 4 - and is looking for backers to make it a reality.

Energy harvesting from an ambient electric field (Electronic Products Magazine)

Energy harvested from an ambient electric field could monitor power lines for the smart grid

Device for Administering Drugs and for Influencing the Effects of Drugs (Free Patents Online)

Abstract: A device has a voltage source, an electric conductor connected to an electric pole of the voltage source and acting as an electrode, and a substrate arranged in an electromagnetic field which is formed in the vicinity of the electric conductor when the voltage source is active.

Pairing supercap with small energy-harvesting source (EDN Asia)

Nowadays, small wireless sensors are becoming ubiquitous. Applications for sensors include building control, industrial control, security, location tracking, and RFID.

Supercaps For Those Tough Power Problems - Flash Memory Summit 2012 (Engineering TV)

Supercaps provide advantages over batteries for many applications. David Wright, Director of Application Engineering, talks to technology editor Bill Wong about supercaps and how the variety of form factors allow them to be used in all sorts of places.

Thin Ultracapacitor Shrinks Series-Connected Cell Modules (Power Electronics Technology)

Individual ultracapacitor cells have an operating voltage of about 2.7V, so modules containing multiple cells connected in series allow operation at higher voltages.

A novel ultracapacitor

MIT News

In the race to develop the perfect energy storage solution, ultracapacitors are an exciting horse to bet on. They deliver energy quickly, can be recharged in seconds, and have a long life span — but their capacity for storing energy is limited. An MIT startup company has now unveiled a novel version that can store twice as much energy and deliver about 10 times as much power as a conventional device can...

Energy harvesting - Design archive

Interested in energy harvesting, also known as power harvesting or energy scavenging? Here is a collection of the Design Articles, Case Studies, Product How-To articles that have been published on Smart Energy Designline and, in some cases, Power Management Designline over the last few years.

The Super Supercapacitor

Graphene is a two dimensional material consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb structure. It is one of the strongest known materials, but also one of the thinnest. It has a high electrical conductivity along with light weight. Based on these features, there has been a high degree of research performed in the last few years on the use of these materials for future electrode manufacturing in the ultra capacitor market. Ultra capacitors, also known as Super capacitors or Electrochemical Capacitors are passive electronic devices capable of storing electrical charge and delivering it at a high rate. Because of its high power density, these devices are finding their way into many common applications from industrial, to automotive and consumer electronics. Tecate Group, being one of the leaders in the super capacitor market, provides a variety of standard and custom super capacitor cells and modules to satisfy the peak power and back-up requirements for these, and many other applications.

The Super Supercapacitor | Brian Golden Davis from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.

Comay Venus Pro 3 240GB SSD Review ? In Drive UPS, Overload Protection and Top Performance

"The Cap-XX HZ202 5.5v Super-capacitor which ensures that no data is lost should a power outage occur."

Stop-Start Realities And EV Fantasies

Johnson Controls (JCI) released the results of a nationwide survey that found that 97 percent of Americans are ready for micro-hybrids with stop-start idle elimination, the most sensible automotive innovation in years.

Energy harvesting platform assesses feasibility of applications

Close Future Energy Solutions has released an exclusive design platform created to assess the feasibility of energy harvesting for customer applications.

Your cotton T-shirt could soon charge your phone

One day, donning a T-shirt could mean you're also sporting a smart device charger. Engineers have successfully transformed cotton into a flexible, highly conductive component, which means it could charge devices.

Is This the Key to Vastly Better Batteries?

Replacing conventional electrolytes with ionic liquids could double the energy storage capacity of ultracapacitors by allowing them to be charged to higher ...

From sink to supercapacitor: kitchen sponge gets a new job

Supercapacitors are energy storage devices with a higher power density than batteries, but their low energy density – an obstacle to their use in many ...

Graphene Supercapacitor Holds Promise for Portable Electronics

"An electrochemical capacitor that combines the power performance of capacitors with the high energy density of batteries would represent a significant advance in energy storage technology."

Toyota Readies its 2012 Le Mans Hybrid Racer

The idea to use supercapacitors is crucial in a world where weight is the enemy and quick charging versus quick bursts of electron boosts are key to squeezing extra fraction of seconds with accelerations. Supercapacitors, or ultracapacitors, unlike their heavier lithium battery counter parts are very light with the capacity to charge and discharge very quickly.

Texas Instruments introduces IC for charge control and State of Health management of Supercapacitors

By monitoring the capacitance and ESR levels of up to 5 individual series connected supercapacitors, or a 9 cell stack, the new TI chip optimizes battery and supercapacitor  performance and life.  Tecate Groups supplies a host of supercapacitor cells, as well as multi cell modules in both standard and custom configurations.

Ultracapacitors Provide Viable Alternative to Batteries in Medical Applications

The cycle life of ultracapacitors is in excess of 500,000 cycles and can be sized to last the life of the product.  Batteries typically require replacement in 2-3 years.  This makes ultracapacitors an ideal choice as a source of back-up power when primary power interruptions occur.  The ultracapacitors, also known as Electric Double Layer Capacitors (EDLC) provide energy source to allow various medical equipment to safely shutdown.  Tecate Group offers an array of ultracapacitor cells, and both standard and custom modules, to suit a variety of back-up power needs.

Ultra capacitors as Energy Source

Series connected ultracapacitors used to power CFL light and oscillation circuit.  Illustrates the quick charging allowed by the low ESR, high power super capacitors.


Ultracapacitors make headway in Industrial sector

With increasing recognition as a reliable “green” alternative to batteries, with zero maintenance, ultra capacitors, also known as Electric Double Layer capacitors (EDLC), are finding acceptance in many Industrial and Transportation applications.

Super capacitors used for Wind energy optimization

Tecate PBM ultra capacitor modules rated at 48V and 166F, and utilize 18, 3000F Maxwell Boostcaps,  create a super capacitor energy storage system targeted for Wind Farm applications.

A Battery-Free RAID adapter solution using Ultra capacitors

Ultra capacitors coupled with non volatile flash memory, allow the elimination of battery backed RAID adapters.  This addresses the green issues associated with battery hazardous waste disposal as well as eliminating the need for battery replacement/maintenance.  The EDLC capacitors, also known as ultra capacitors or super capacitors can be sized for the life of the system, and feature a wide temperature range and a cycle life of up to 500K cycles.

Ultracapacitor advances challenge Lithium Ion batteries

Continued advances in electrode materials offering  increased porosity and increased surface area will increase the energy density of ultracapacitors.  Coupled with  alternative electrolytes, this promises to allow ultracapacitors, also known as super capacitors,  to achieve energy densities that will compete with today’s  Lithium Ion batteries.

Super capacitors are proving to be an ideal complement to batteries in pulse power applications

The CAP-XX series of super capacitors, also known as Electric Double Layer Capacitors (EDLC), provide the pulse power support, based on the very low ESR and high capacitance available in their extremely low profile package.

Ultra capacitors displace batteries in write cache back-up applications

Utilizing the benefits of NAND flash memory and a back-up power supply that runs on ultra capacitors, also commonly referred to as super capacitors or EDLC capacitors, it is possible to eliminate the maintenance costs, system vulnerabilities and downtimes associated with battery backed systems.

Ultra capacitors continue to find new markets

Ultra capacitors continue to find new markets as their unique attributes for almost endless cycle life and quick power delivery allow them to replace and/or supplement batteries in a host of applications ranging from Enterprise server cache memory back-up to regenerative braking on city busses.

Local Grids Require Dynamic Storage

Energy storage devices, such as ultracapacitors, also known as supercapacitors, fill a niche by delivering short term back-up power quickly, due to the low ESR of the devices.  Several other technologies continue to compete for the dynamic energy requirements of the smart grid.

Tecate Group PC5 ultracapacitor #3 on Electronic Design News Top 101 Components list

Tecate PowerBurst PC5The Tecate Group PC5 ultracapacitor has been recognized by Electronic Design News in their Top 101 Components list, in the Power Source category.  The PC5 comes in at number 3!  The PC5 is a prismatic 4.0F, 2.5V ultracapacitor that provides excellent short term power back-up, in an extremely low profile package.  The PC5 is also used as a building block to create super capacitor modules at voltages ranging from 5 to 25V, and custom modules in even higher voltages.  These super capacitor modules consist of the PBF and PB series of Tecate PowerBurst products.

Top 101 Components 2011 list

Top 101 Components 2011 PC5 article

Tecate Powerburst® PC5 data sheet


Ultracapacitors to replace batteries in some medical applications

Through the use of voltage management circuitry, the full utilization of the ultracapacitor energy is achieved.

Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection for RAID Controllers

Ultracapacitor modules provide an unprecedented level of back-up power, for protection of cached data, while helping to clean up the environment by eliminating expensive Lithium-ion batteries.

Ultracapacitor Buses

The use of ultracapacitors has expanded over the last 5 years. From where small format cells were used in digital electronics for backup, today we see high power ultracapacitors being used as the main energy source for a variety of applications including driving a city bus. In the video below the use of these devices as the main energy source in an all electric bus is discussed.

Ultracapacitors for Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) and beyond

The use of ultra capacitors in Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) provides benefits beyond today’s systems that use conventional battery back-up.  Tecate offers many ultra capacitor cells with  values ranging from 100 mF to up to 3000F cells.  As these cell voltages are low, on the order of 2.5 to 2.7V, it is necessary to connect in series or series/parallel.  Tecate Group has engineers on staff who can work with designers to develop custom ultracapacitor modules to meet unique electrical and mechanical system requirements, through innovative circuit and packaging proposals.  Read more on ultra capacitors and UPS in the link below.

An alternative to batteries

Ultracapacitors are finding their way into a myriad of new applications, where they provide a longterm reliable source of short term back-up power in environments that do not lend themselves to the maintenance demands,  and disposal requirements, of batteries.  Tecate Group provides a variety of ultracapacitor cells and modules, both custom and standard, that can open the door to designers looking for non battery power back-up.  See complete article link below.

Supercapacitor based Power subsystem for Handheld Electronics

The world of mobile handsets are becoming more power hungry as new features are added. Batteries are the backbone of the main energy source in these applications, but they cannot satisfy all the power demands. Today Supercapacitors or Ultracapacitors are becoming a tandem partner of batteries in these applications. Tecate Group offers a variety of low profile ultracapacitor cells and modules geared to the mobile handheld arena. These Powerburst products can be used in tandem with Li-ion batteries to satisfy the power requirements of many applications including smart phones and other consumer products. For an informative article on the benefits and challenges of combining ultracapacitors and batteries refer to the link below:

Battery/Ultracapacitor System for Small Electric Vehicles

Batteries have always showed a limitation when it comes to power. One solution that has worked and is currently being investigated is the combination of batteries with ultracapacitors. Tecate Group offers a wide variety of ultracapacitor products ranging from several farad to several thousand of farads. These PowerBurst® products can be used individually or in custom modules to fit any battery voltage desired for a variety of applications ranging from hybrid vehicles to AMR, RAID controllers and consumer electronics. For more information on the benefits of combining ultracapacitors and batteries in an electric vehicle please refer to the following article linked below:

The Charge of the Ultracapacitors

As ultracapacitor technology continues to move forward the breadth of applications continues to expand.  Tecate Group offers standard and custom PowerBurst® ultracapacitor cells and modules to support applications as diverse as providing seconds of back-up for a RAID controller that needs to save critical information from volatile to non-volatile memory, in the event of a power loss, to large modules using Tecate’s patented integration system, using the Maxwell Boostcap® ultracapacitor cells,  that range from 650-3000F.  These large modules are especially effective in cold engine start applications, where battery performance is dramatically diminished.  For more on ultracapacitors please refer to the link below:

Wireless charging of portable Electronic devices

Ultracapacitors offer the unique ability to provide power to portable devices almost instantaneously. These power delivery capabilities are forecast to change the future landscape of how we charge all our tiny gadgets….. wirelessly!  CAP-XX and PowerBurst® super capacitors sold through Tecate Group,  are already used in several portable electronic gadgets and wireless remote sensing applications and are well positioned to support the trend toward the use of super capacitors, in conjunction with inductive technology,  to charge devices wirelessly over short distances.  For the complete story follow the below link:

Clean Car Talk - A Short Primer on Ultracapacitors

"Ultracapacitors are super high capacity versions of electric capacitor components that store energy in an electric field. These are devices that have raised the “capacity” of a capacitor so high that ultracapacitors or “supercapacitors” are now thought of as energy storage devices that can replace batteries in some applications. They are available in various cylindrical, square, and flat shapes and sizes. With increasing production volumes and economies of scale, their prices can be competitive with batteries."