While the eventual role of ultracapacitors in the energy storage landscape is hazy, Skeleton Technologies remains clear-headed in how the technology can be best used.
Instead of targeting the electric vehicle markets, the ultracapacitor manufacturer has launched a graphene-based product for heavy-duty engine start applications.
The SkelStart Torque can be used as a battery replacement, or installed in addition to existing batteries.
The 24V engine start module has a peak power of 93kW and 1200 cold cranking amps (0.4 sec current 4717A) in temperatures ranging from +65°C (+149°F) to -40°C (-40°F).
It is based on Skeleton Technologies’ graphene based SkelCap ultracapacitors.
Taavi Madiberk, CEO of Skeleton Technologies, said: “Businesses operating heavy machinery in demanding environments need to be certain that they can rely on their engines, or face reduced production and high costs.
“SkelStart Torque modules are designed make this issue redundant by providing high power and energy density to reliably start engines even in the most extreme conditions.”
Skeleton Technologies ultracapacitors are based on patented curved-graphene nanotechnology.
Last year Madiberk told BBB the battery industry was failing to understand the best way to fully utilise ultracapacitors in automobile applications.
Instead of replacing batteries, Madiberk predicted the future of energy storage lay in hybrid battery and ultracapacitor combinations.
Earlier this month the company signed a €15million ($15.9million) ‘quasi equity’ financing agreement with European Investment Bank (EIB).
The EFSI-backed financing will allow the company to finance the R&D for the further development of its products and systems.
Skeleton Technologies had previously raised €26,7million ($2.3million) of capital investments and the EIB ‘quasi equity’ financing brings the total financing to €41,7million ($44.3million).