Chinese Supercapacitor Vehicles Spreading Worldwide
Consider supercapacitor buses. CRRC of China has been quietly exporting them to Bulgaria, Israel, and Austria recently and its own supercapacitor manufacturers now make good products and plan 30% cost reduction within 3 years.
Why Tesla Bought the Supercapacitor World Leader
Tesla needs to excel in the much broader range of energy storage technologies needed for Class 8 trucks down to Tesla 3 cars to retain uniquely long range for the price.
Ioxus View of the Supercapacitor Business
This article covers IDTechEx's recent interview with members of Ioxus staff.
New Supercapacitor Applications
This article suggests supercapacitor market growth could be aided by exploiting its unique properties.
Nanogenerators that stand the test of time
Earlier this month, IDTechEx analysts were invited to attend the second talk within the "From Discovery Science to Industrial Application" series, co-organised by the Cambridge Network and the Maxwell Centre.
TM4 and Cummins: Evolving Strategies to Benefit from EV Surge
On May 11, 2017, traction motor manufacturer TM4 Inc. and diesel maker Cummins Inc. announced a joint effort to develop a plug-in hybrid powertrain for Class 7/8 transit buses that can reduce fuel consumption by at least 50 percent over conventional hybrid buses.
How supercapacitors will compete with batteries
The unique report Supercapacitor Materials 2017-2027 is a drill down from the IDTechEx overview, Supercapacitor Technologies and Markets 2016-2026. It is packed with detailed analysis, many new infograms, conference slides, roadmaps and a ten year forecasts 2017-2027.
Freqcon is a systems integrator that is using Maxwell Technologies' supercapacitors to create 1 MW systems for grid stabilisation. Dr Lorenzo Grande interviewed Gregor Scheppelmann for an update.
Localized ultracapacitor module production for China bus market
Maxwell Technologies Inc has announced a definitive agreement with CRRC Qingdao Sifang Rolling Stock Research Institute Co Ltd to localize manufacturing of its ultracapacitor-based modules for use in the China new energy bus market.
NASA electric research plane gets X number, new name
With 14 electric motors turning propellers and all of them integrated into a uniquely-designed wing, NASA will test new propulsion technology using an experimental airplane now designated the X-57 and nicknamed "Maxwell."
3D-printed foam outperforms standard materials
Scientists have found that 3D-printed foam works better than standard cellular materials in terms of durability and long-term mechanical performance.
Skeleton Technologies won the Ecosummit London Award for the best startup in 2015, as Europe's biggest developer and manufacturer of ultracapacitor cells. Customers include the European Space Agency, which uses the product to solve power delivery and energy storage issues by recapturing energy and providing peak and backup power.
IDTechEx interviewed Hong Choi, the CTO/R&D Manager at Kopin corporation. Kopin span out of MIT over 30 years ago, and has been developing microdisplay technologies, starting with a $55m DARPA project in the early 1990s. Today, the company is focused on the wearable technology market, and particularly on near-eye computing. This profile also mentions their work on high-capacity, SiO-C anode lithium-ion batteries, developed with Hitachi Maxell.
Development avenues for electrolyte and separator systems
Supercapacitors have seen tremendous improvements over the past decade, resulting in higher power density, higher energy density and lower prices. Electrodes have seen the most amount of attention, effort and development. In this article however, we focus instead on electrolytes and separators. Directions in electrolyte research are towards high voltage, more stable and greener solutions. Similarly, separators need to improve purity and high voltage stability. This is particularly true if paper separators are to succeed. We will discuss these developments in this article.
Energy Harvesting & Storage Europe: Key Learnings from the 2015 Show
The recent IDTechEx event "Energy Harvesting and Storage Europe" in Berlin was once again a good barometer of what is happening in the industry. Here are some of our delegates' comments on our Europe 2015 event.
IDTechEx report from the first major supercapacitor event of 2015
This article focuses on the highlights of the second day of the AABC Conference 2015 in Mainz Germany, specifically in the Electrochemical Capacitor Symposium.
New Supercapacitor Advances in Japan
Supercapacitor sales are mostly about automotive, with Chinese buses being the main destination of Ioxus and Maxwell supercapacitors and Japanese cars the main users of Nippon ChemiCon supercapacitors. French cars are the main users of Batscap supercapacitors and so on. IDTechEx analysts regularly visit many supercapacitor and lithium-ion capacitor (supercabattery) manufacturers and users in Japan the center of the global EV industry, with Toyota the leader by a large margin. Here are some of the findings.
Is there a future for flexible glass?
In the last three years, we have seen several companies showcasing ultrathin glass at tradeshows around the world. These glass substrates are so thin that they can be bent and rolled almost like a plastic film. But despite the fanfare surrounding the technical prowess, the future of flexible glass remains uncertain.
Review of supercapacitors in 2014 and the outlook for 2015
Whilst the industry has reduced its growth in comparison to the previous years (from an estimated 30% in 2014 vs 2013 to 15% in 2014 vs 2013), IDTechEx believes that this is just a temporary stagnation. Indeed, the fact that other companies are investing in manufacturing capacity and challenging the leadership of Maxwell Technologies is a positive sign for the industry and a good signal for the supercapacitor market, which by definition needs more than one major player. We believe that more manufacturer options across the globe will provide the required alternative supply that end user industries are requiring in order to warranty market competition.
This article gives an overview of the major events and developments in 2014 and gives the IDTechEx outlook for 2015.