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2019
14 Jun

Tesla Aircraft

Expect seven-times the air traffic in 2050 increasing greenhouse gas X4 unless something radical happens. Elon Musk has made interesting statements about electric aircraft over the years. His Tesla will survive and prosper: if Tesla investors stop investing the Chinese will snap it up. Either way, somewhere down its list of priorities will be reinventing pure electric aircraft, so what does Tesla bring to the table?
30 May

Supercapacitor Turnaround

The supercapacitor market has bottomed out and is now into a sustained period of strong growth. Recent actions of three giant companies not usually associated with supercapacitors illustrate why.
18 Feb

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.
8 Feb

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.
2017
18 Sep

Ioxus View of the Supercapacitor Business

This article covers IDTechEx's recent interview with members of Ioxus staff.
14 Sep

Eaton View of Supercapacitor Markets

13 Sep

New Supercapacitor Applications

This article suggests supercapacitor market growth could be aided by exploiting its unique properties.
23 Jun

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.
22 May

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.
4 May

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.
29 Mar

Freqcon

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.
14 Feb

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.
2016
27 Jun

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."
29 Apr

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.
4 Apr

Skeleton Technologies

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.
5 Feb

Kopin Corporation

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.
2015
15 Jul

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.
7 May

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.
10 Feb

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.
19 Jan

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.