The Battery Show: Where the Energy Storage Industry Converges
September 18, 2017 | Larry Rabaglia, Regional Sales Manager, Ultracapacitor Products, NE North America
Maxwell Technologies has attended The Battery Show for the past seven years, and each year it gets larger and larger, plus it is co-located with the Critical Power Expo. This year had a record attendance on day one with over 5,000 attendees and day two with over 7,500 attendees. With that said, it’s a high-value conference and we had excellent engagement with the industry and with our customers.
We featured a variety of ultracapacitor (supercapacitor) solutions, including a visual demonstration of the K2 cells, our 48-volt modules for hybrid
diesel electric buses, rail wayside energy storage systems and grid applications, Maxwell’s Generator Starting Solutions for generator starting and backup power, and the Maxwell Engine Start Module for reliable starting of Class 3—8 trucks down to –40 degrees Fahrenheit. My colleague, Marty Mills, participated in the Product Showcase interview and talked about the features and benefits of ultracapacitors in a variety of market applications including automotive, wind power, engine
starting and grid. This was the first show where we featured our integrated Maxwell-Nesscap product line, including Nesscap’s 50 farad XP cells.
Maxwell Technologies featured the integrated Maxwell-Nesscap product line at the Battery Show, including Nesscap small- and medium-sized ultracapacitor cells.
Nuvation Engineering, a North American product realization company that performs all aspects of electronic product development, featured a prototype of their battery management system charging and discharging Maxwell’s 160-volt ultracapacitor module (without balancing) for use in small- or large-scale grid applications. We look forward to working with Nuvation Engineering in the near future.
With all this exciting technology on display, our team received a variety of questions about our ultracapacitors. A common question we are asked is the difference between ultracapacitors and batteries. The key differences are that ultracapacitors have no chemical reactions (the energy is stored in an electric field), can operate up to one million charge/discharge cycles, and are capable of delivering up to 15 years DC life.*
Booth visitors were also interested to learn more about safety and quality standards. Maxwell’s ultracapacitor cell technology passes rigorous industry requirements. For the transportation sector, our cells are automotive-quality certified and are installed in 4.5 million automobiles for efficient start-stop performance. Truck OEMs including Kenworth and Peterbilt validated the use of Maxwell’s ultracapacitors in their vehicles and are now selling Maxwell’s ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module as a factory option for fleet customers.
The popularity of The Battery Show was evident by the jam-packed parking lots. Maxwell Technologies’ booth is already booked for 2018—we look forward to seeing you there next year.
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Regional Sales Manager, Ultracapacitor Products, NE North America
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