California’s ultracapacitor firm Maxwell Technologies (Maxwell) and New York-based glass and ceramic material manufacturer Corning have teamed up for ultracapacitor-based energy storage development.
The partnership aims to research energy density, lifetime, operating environment, form factor and cost of ultracapactiors.
The companies will combine Maxwell’s knowledge of ultracapacitor cell design, manufacturing processes and Corning’s expertise in high-performance materials, analytical capabilities and technology innovations in order to develop capacitive energy storage technology. Maxwell aims to accelerate its presence in the automotive and heavy-duty truck markets.
“Corning has invested significant time and resources to establish this new business initiative because we see great potential in capacitive energy storage,” Doug Harshbarger, business director of emerging automotive innovations at Corning.
Maxwell recently won the Energy Storage North America Award for an electric rail project in Philadelphia, US. Power equipment OEM ABB incorporated Maxwell ultracapacitors into its ENVILINE energy recovery and storage system in a substation of the Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority’s light-rail system.
The Californian company produces ultracapacitor cells ranging in capacitance from one to 3,400 farads and multi-cell modules ranging from 12V to 160V for applications in consumer and industrial electronics, transportation and telecommunications.