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Travel Destinations Where Maxwell’s Ultracapacitors Contribute to Energy Efficiency

Travel Destinations Where Maxwell’s Ultracapacitors Contribute to Energy Efficiency

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Summer is upon us, and many of our readers may be taking vacation time to travel and explore new areas of the world. Various countries are implementing strategies for conserving and managing energy effectively to support the energy needs of locals and visitors alike.

With over 65 million ultracapacitor (supercapacitor) energy storage cells deployed in systems worldwide, Maxwell Technologies is playing its part in supporting the global efforts to achieve effective energy management. Here are a few places in the world where Maxwell operates behind the scenes.

IRELAND

Known for
Medieval castles, Ring of Kerry, Giants Causeway, Cliffs of Moher

Maxwell behind the scenes
Tallaght Smart Grid Testbed
The Tallaght Smart Grid Testbed demonstrates how energy storage can minimize electricity distribution issues and grid instability. Maxwell’s ultracapacitors are combined with batteries for this project, performing fast functions such as frequency response while the batteries are used for peak shifting and operating reserve. The project shows how energy storage can improve the quality of electricity distributed to end users.

CHINA

Known for
The Great Wall of China, Shanghai’s iconic skyscrapers, Beijing’s Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors

Maxwell behind the scenes
Yangshan Deep-Water Port
Located near Shanghai, the Yangshan Deep-Water Port is one of the busiest ports in the world and can be found at the end of a 20-mile bridge on an island. Maxwell’s ultracapacitor energy storage supports the port’s 23 quay cranes in a 3 MW/17.2 kWh energy storage system with 20 seconds of reserve power. The ultracapacitor system mitigates voltage sag caused by crane operation, helping to significantly reduce peak demand grid energy.

SPAIN

Known for
The Canary Islands, the Great Mosque of Cordoba, Park Güell by Gaudi

Maxwell behind the scenes
Ferrolinera rail system
The Administrator of Railway Infrastructures in Spain deployed a hybrid battery-ultracapacitor wayside energy storage system for energy recuperation. Traditional railway systems waste large quantities of energy upon braking. By installing Maxwell’s ultracapacitors alongside batteries, the trains are able to harvest train braking energy. The railway includes an EV charging station that uses the harvested energy and PV.

UNITED STATES – PENNSYLVANIA

Known for
Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Hersheypark

Maxwell behind the scenes
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Light Rail
Maxwell’s ultracapacitors participate in a hybrid ultracapacitor-battery energy storage system for brake energy recovery: ultracapacitors catch extra braking energy from the trains when they detect voltage rise on overhead lines. The Maxwell system ensures the trains consume less grid energy, making SEPTA’s transportation more affordable and environmentally friendly.

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