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Ultracapacitors (also known as supercapacitors) store and discharge energy very quickly and are being used in thousands of different applications and considered in a host of future applications. At Maxwell Technologies, we get our inspirations from renewable energy and technologies that range from wind, solar, hybrid, and energy storage, then connect it all back to our ultracapacitors. Get your daily and inspiring ultracap scoop by following us!
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Ultracapacitor 101 | YouTube

What is an ultracapacitor? Maxwell Technologies, Inc. is here to help. This video includes the basic introduction to Maxwell's ultracapacitors, the applications they're in, the growth of our ultracapacitors, and how they work.

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Don't know what an ultracapacitor is? Our Ultracapacitor 101 video will tell you all about it! Watch and learn what ultracapacitors are and how they work!

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Utilities Partner With Energy Storage To Harness Renewables | Renew Grid

Utilities Partner With Energy Storage To Harness Renewables | Renew Grid | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it

The past 12 months have been somewhat uncertain for utilities and ratepayers in terms of the increasing availability and decreased costs of installing renewable energy systems, such as solar power, and the viability of selling solar power back to the grid. The influx of energy supply powered by renewables has disrupted how utilities traditionally approach providing electricity to consumers and accommodating the extra distributed energy flowing onto the grid.

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Maxwell Technologies' Director of Business Development, Dr. Kimberly McGrath discusses how utilities can use energy storage to integrate renewable energy.

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Solar Energy Advantages vs Disadvantages

Solar Energy Advantages vs Disadvantages | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it

Solar energy has very, very broad support. As I wrote last month, you, your family, your friends, and even your “enemies” love solar. Clearly, most of these people are not solar energy experts and are not aware of all the details of solar energy advantages and disadvantages. Most probably just assume that solar energy is better because there aren’t smokestacks mounted onto solar panels to channel pollution high into the sky. The fact that the sun rises every day probably doesn’t hurt either, nor that most of us love the sun. 

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"I'd put money on the sun and solar energy" (Thomas Edison) - Learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of solar energy by checking out Clean Technica's article.

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Explosive US Solar Power Growth & Jobs | Clean Technica

Explosive US Solar Power Growth & Jobs | Clean Technica | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it
It’s no secret to those who work in energy that the solar industry is among the fastest-growing power sectors in this country (often the fastest-growing one), as well as worldwide. And many people don’t realize it, but US solar power growth has a hugely positive impact on employment. In 2013 alone, the global solar industry
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In the past year, the use of solar energy has increased. Due to its growth, the industry also expanded by 100%, amounting employment to 2.3 million jobs worldwide. Check out this cool inforgraphic created by Oanh Nguyen of the Refrigeration School on the stats.

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More on Measuring the State of Health and State of Charge of a Battery | Planet Analog

More on Measuring the State of Health and State of Charge of a Battery | Planet Analog | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it
In an ultracapacitor, end of life does not arrive abruptly and without warning, as it may with batteries. An ultracapacitor will conceivably continue to operate until there is not enough energy left in the device when fully charged to do the job.
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Maxwell Technologies' CTO Mike Everett explains how to measure the health and charge of a battery and how ultracapacitors can offer greater reliability. Read more to learn more!

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Germany Notches Three PV Records | reNews

Germany Notches Three PV Records | reNews | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it

German solar generation has notched a hat-trick of records within a fortnight, including meeting more than 50% of total electricity demand for the first time.


Figures from the Fraunhofer ISE solar energy research institute show PV generated a record 24.24GW between 1pm and 2pm on 6 June and a total of 1.26TWh over the entire week.

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Within the first two weeks of June, Germany has set a new standard for solar energy. Read more about the country’s latest achievements on reNews.

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Ultracapacitor Storage Can Help Build a Reliable Solar Grid | Solar Power World

Ultracapacitor Storage Can Help Build a Reliable Solar Grid | Solar Power World | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it

A simplified model is used to explore how increasing levels of solar penetration affect grid reliability and explain why ultracapacitors are the most suitable match for these challenges.

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Maxwell Technologies' Sr. Systems Engineer, Shaw Lynd, provides insight on how ultracapacitors can help power quality and grid stability. Check out this article to learn more!

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VSP News: Kolman's Korner, Episode 56 - Maxwell Technologies and truck batteries

VSP News: Kolman's Korner, Episode 56 - Maxwell Technologies and truck batteries | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it
Maxwell Technologies' Mark Burnside discusses alternative technologies to lead-acid batteries, including ultracapacitors.
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Maxwell Technologies' Mark Burnside discusses with Fleet Maintenance editor David A. Kolman about how electrical loads on today's heavy duty trucks are stressing batteries. Check out this video interview and learn how ultracapacitors are the alternative technology to lead-acid batteries.

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Smart Grid to change the face of Thai power, energy systems - The Nation

Smart Grid to change the face of Thai power, energy systems - The Nation | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it

Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Engineering is undergoing a pilot run of its so-called Smart Grid project. The project's aim is to demonstrate that the use of electricity and energy in Thailand by consumers can be greater while maintaining power supplies over the long term.


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It looks like Thailand is joining the Smart Grid club for improvement towards renewable energy and better future. Read more about what researchers at the Nation Chulalongkorn University are looking into for their pilot run of their Smart Grid project.

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What's A Smart Grid And Why Do We Need It?

What's A Smart Grid And Why Do We Need It? | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it

In August 2003, more than 50 million people in the U.S. and Canada experienced the largest blackout in North American history. Eleven people lost their lives, and it cost regional economies $6 billion — all because of a single power line and a few tree limbs.

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Outages becomes a problem, especially if the electrical infrastructure was built during the Industrial Age. Get the 101 on smart grids and understand how it can contribute to a sustainable future for our planet. 

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Earth Day: World's success stories - Siliconrepublic.com

Earth Day: World's success stories - Siliconrepublic.com | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it
Siliconrepublic.com Earth Day: World's success stories Siliconrepublic.com On the day the world unites to recognise and celebrate Earth's environment, the Earth Day organisation has highlighted some of the most sustainable cities in the world as...
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In honor of Earth Day yesterday, we should recognize the actions and success stories of organizations that have aided our planet to be more sustainable and clean. Check out Silicon Republic's article highlighting a few cities in the world that have taken that step towards being environmentally friendly.

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Turns Out, You Can Make Solar Panels Work in Cloudy Cities - Mother Jones

Turns Out, You Can Make Solar Panels Work in Cloudy Cities - Mother Jones | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it

Solar panels have always made sense in cities that get a lot of sun, at least intuitively.

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There are still plenty of people who would carry the assumption that solar panels wouldn't work on a cloudy day. Well, it turns out that it can. Check out how scientists have figured out ways to make  solar panels more useful for perpetually gloomy cities like London and Seattle.

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ABB Incorporates Maxwell Technologies Ultracapacitors for Braking Energy Recuperation in Philadelphia Area Electric Rail Lines - WSJ.com

ABB Incorporates Maxwell Technologies Ultracapacitors for Braking Energy Recuperation in Philadelphia Area Electric Rail Lines - WSJ.com | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it

SAN DIEGO, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Maxwell Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MXWL) announced today that it is supplying ultracapacitors to ABB, the global leader in power and automation solutions, for ABB's recent contract win to upgrade Philadelphia area rail lines. 

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Ultracapacitors are going to Philadelphia rail lines!  Maxwell Technologies announced today that ABB's battery-based ENVILINE braking energy recuperation system will be incorporating Maxwell's 48v module ultracapacitors. Read more to understand how Maxwell's ultracapacitors will aid ABB's ENVILINE and the future of the Philadelphia's rail lines.

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Maxwell Technologies Announces Availability of Enhanced 48V Module | Mass Transit

Maxwell Technologies Announces Availability of Enhanced 48V Module | Mass Transit | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it

The new Maxwell 48V module has been tested to meet and exceed the industry’s highest shock (IEC 60068-2-27 and 2-29) and vibration (ISO 16750-3, Tables 12 and 14) ratings for ultracapacitor modules, exceeding the most demanding testing requirements for mass transportation applications, such as in hybrid buses, particularly in China.

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Maxwell Technologies, Inc. announced an enhancement to its industry-leading 48V module product, which now includes the benefits of the company’s new DuraBlue Advanced Shock and Vibration Cell Technology.

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Stop Accepting Underperforming Start-Stop Systems | Planet Analog

Stop Accepting Underperforming Start-Stop Systems | Planet Analog | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it
Today's energy storage and power delivery systems are not up to the task of start-stop engine cranking. The discerning public will soon demand the technology that is tailor-made for the application: ultracapacitors.
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Did you know that an average non-start-stop-equipped automobile might need to crank the engine four times per day over the course of a 15-year lifetime? This is where ultracapacitors come in. Maxwell Technologies' CTO Mike Everett discusses how ultracapacitors can help crank the engine more quickly in automobiles - creating a more seamless and comfortable driving experience.

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How to Kill an Ultracapacitor, if You Really Want To | Planet Analog

How to Kill an Ultracapacitor, if You Really Want To | Planet Analog | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it
While ultracapacitors can outlast most electronic components in any application, they can meet an early demise if you really try. But the list of things you can do to kill an ultracapacitor is pretty limited.
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Ultracapacitors are not susceptible to dying young unless they are exposed to out-of-specifications conditions. Maxwell Technologies' CTO Mike Everett lists a few things that you can do to kill an ultracapacitor - that is if you really want to.

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Renewables Rising: Wind, Solar, Geothermal and Biomass Will Top Hydropower in 2014 | Greentech Media

Renewables Rising: Wind, Solar, Geothermal and Biomass Will Top Hydropower in 2014 | Greentech Media | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it
For the first year ever, hydropower is not the dominant renewable energy source in the U.S.
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Hydropower is no longer at the top of the renewable energy. Check out Greentech Media on which renewable technology is taking the lead in 2014.

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Brazil’s World Cup Stadiums Have Their Problems, But They're The Latest In Green Design | International Business Times

Brazil’s World Cup Stadiums Have Their Problems, But They're The Latest In Green Design | International Business Times | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it

Beyond the infamous delays and cost overruns and the bizarre possibility that one stadium may eventually be converted to a prison, the legacy of Brazil's World Cup venues will likely be more about environmental sustainability than groundbreaking architectural design, according to experts in the field.

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Keeping tabs on the FIFA World Cup news? We are. Other than the amazing games and rooting your playing teams, learn about how Brazil has beautifully built their greener and sustainable stadiums. 

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Why Ultracapacitors Belong in the Renewable Energy Value Chain | Planet Analog

Why Ultracapacitors Belong in the Renewable Energy Value Chain | Planet Analog | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it
With ultracapacitors in the renewable energy value chain, renewable resources can increase and improve the quality of outputs, experience lower overall project costs, and optimize performance.
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Maxwell Technologies' CTO Mike Everett discusses how ultracapacitors can be used to stabilize the energy flow of renewable energy systems. Read more to learn why ultracapacitors are valuable in renewable energy and comment on the blog if you've seen any renewable energy projects that could've benefitted from ultracapacitor technology.

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Maxwell's Ultracapacitor cell is 300 times more vibration resistant | The ECO Report

Maxwell's Ultracapacitor cell is 300 times more vibration resistant | The ECO Report | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it

According to their press release, Maxwell’s Latest Ultracapacitor sets a new standard for energy, power and ruggedness. “The new 2.85-volt, 3400-farad ultracapacitor cell is 300 times more vibration resistant and has 400 times the shock immunity of its competition. It may also be able to deliver 17% more power and 23% more energy. I had an opportunity to ask Chad McDonald, director of product marketing at Maxwell Technologies, a few questions about their product.

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At Maxwell Technologies Inc., we are welcoming a new addition to our ultracapacitor family: 2.85V, 3400F with DuraBlue. This ultracapacitor is 300 times more vibration resistant and has 400 times the shock immunity. Click here to read more about the new product on the ECO Report!

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Scotland approves 67-turbine onshore wind farm in Highland economy boost | National News

Scotland approves 67-turbine onshore wind farm in Highland economy boost | National News | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it

A new 67-turbine wind farm near Fort Augustus, which will power the equivalent of up to 114,000 homes in the area and generate up to £30 million of benefits to the Highlands, has been granted planning consent.

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Scotland is on their way to a better future by approving 67 turbine onshore wind farm in Highland. The windfarm will be able to produce enough electricity to power thousands of homes and bring benefits to the local community.

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Spain's Solar Salt Opens Door to 24-7 Clean Electricity

Spain's Solar Salt Opens Door to 24-7 Clean Electricity | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it

Solar power’s greatest drawback has always been that it is intermittent and, even in the sunniest climes, peak electricity demand is frequently in the evening when the Sun is going down.

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The engineering challenge has been to design a system in which enough of the Sun’s heat can be stored to produce full power continuously even on cloudy days and all night. Many different designs have been tried, but finally a commercial plant in Spain seems to have cracked the problem. Way to go, Spain!

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Energy Storage 2014: Industry calls for better regulatory framework

Energy Storage 2014: Industry calls for better regulatory framework | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it

At the recent staging of the Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany, more than 850 experts from politics, business and research representing 46 countries discussed the most recent worldwide developments in energy storage.

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Let's talk about the future of energy storage for Europe. During the Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany, the talks of market on renewable energy is increasing worldwide, including the slow breakthrough of energy storage.  Subsidies and possible growth in Germany were mentioned during the conference. Although many speakers believe that energy storage still requires growth, they all agree that we're heading in the right directions.

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Molecules Can Store Solar Energy Indefinitely

Molecules Can Store Solar Energy Indefinitely | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it

The next big thing in solar energy could be microscopic. Scientists at MIT and Harvard University have devised a way to store solar energy in molecules that can then be tapped to heat homes, water or used for cooking.

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There's a way to store solar energy forever? Creating molecules that can be endlessly re-used while emitting absolutely no greenhouse gases? Scientist at MIT and Harvard tell us how through trials with a photoswitching substance called azobenzene molecules.

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Cutting Edge Energy Storage: Supercapacitors Made Of Wood - The Green Optimistic

Cutting Edge Energy Storage: Supercapacitors Made Of Wood - The Green Optimistic | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it

It is a commonly known fact that trees are essential for our fight against global warming. Not only that these absorb carbon dioxide, but they also improve human health and well-being. But this is not all. Now, scientists from Oregon State University have developed a method that converts cellulose found in trees into cheap electrodes for high-power energy storage devices.

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A team of scientists led by Xiulei Ji, an assistant professor of chemistry at the OSU College of Science, developed a method through which cellulose commonly found in trees is heated up and turned into blocks for supercapacitors (also known as ultracapacitors). Read more on how Xiulei's team found this as a possible new way of creating supercapacitors.

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