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Ultracapacitors and Supercapaitors in automatic meter reading (AMR) Applications

Automatic meter reading, or AMR, is the technology of automatically collecting status and consumption for electric, gas or water meters. The data collected is then transferred to a central location via wireless network. This technology eliminates the providers the expense of periodic trips to each physical location to read a meter, and also allows them to provide real time billing and usage information to end users. Since the data is transmitted via a wireless network, burst of energy is needed during the transmission cycle as well and backup energy needed in case of a power outage. Therefore most of the AMR manufacturers have looked at incorporating an ultracapacitor solution within each device to satisfy this demand. Tecate Group with its broad range of ultracapacitor products offer a variety of standard and custom cells and modules with extended temperature range which are currently used within this industry.

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Ultracapacitor Announcements

Introducing PowerBurst PC6 Ultracapacitor Cells

Tecate Group is happy to announce the expansion of our PC series of ultracapacitor products. The new Tecate PowerBurst® PC6 ultracapacitor. This new cell utilizes the same high reliability, hermetically sealed stainless steel package as our popular PC5 cells. Additionally, the PC6 offers 6F of capacitance, a 50% increase, and boasts a DC ESR of 300 mOhms, a 40% decrease, while maintaining the same mechanical dimensions as the PC5.

These new cells are ideal for space constrained, short term power back-up applications.

These include:

  • AMR
  • SSD
  • Battery hot swap
  • Medical instrumentation

 

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Ultracapacitor Press Releases

Tecate Group's Ultracapacitor Cells and Modules Ideal for Automatic Meter Reading and Smart Grid Applications

 

Custom and Off-the-Shelf Devices Provide Maximum Design Flexibility
in Space-Constrained Systems
San Diego, CA, June 9, 2011...Announced today by Tecate Group, A leading global supplier of capacitors and ultracapacitors, is the availability of custom and standard ultracapacitor cells and modules specifically engineered for today's Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) and smart grid applications.  Parts are members of Tecate's UL 810 Recognized PowerBurst®  family, which is comprised of the general purpose TPL and TPLS Series of 2.7V cells, as well as the TPLE Series of 2.3V cells featuring a -40 to +85 degrees C temperature range.  The flat prismatic PC5 and PC10 Series of 2.5V cells are provided for applications where height is limited.  For applications requiring modules, the low- and ultra-low profile PB/PBF/PBL/PBLL Series of 5.0V and 5.4V devices are offered. Parts notably offer OEMs/ODMs the competitive advantage of ensuring product and system safety while minimizing the time and expense associated with additional component-level testing.   To further speed time-to-market, Tecate's customization capabilities include the use of SolidWorks® 3D CAD (MCAD) software to facilitate superior design flexibility, responsiveness, and application engineering support.  The high power density cells feature capacitance values ranging from 0.5F to 400F and low Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR).  Modules withstand over 500,000 cycles.
Ideally suited for use in low profile/small footprint systems and products, Tecate's RoHS-compliant ultracapacitor cells and modules target today's AMR and smart grid applications in which consumption, diagnostic, and status data is collected from water or energy metering devices (gas and electric), and then transferred to a central database for billing, troubleshooting, and analysis. The parts provide battery-free "last gasp" power, and satisfy the high current pulse requirements of AMS technology.  They also provide critical backup power during power outages to ensure uninterrupted communication to/from the grid.  Capable of operating at low temperatures (-40 degrees C), parts supplement batteries for low temperature boost, and relieve batteries of peak power functions to extend batteries' life.
Tecate's PB/PBF/PBL/PBLL/ Series of modules are available with active or passive cell balancing, and with radial leads or flexible wire and connectors to eliminate the need for soldering. They are provided in an array of standard and custom high voltage, advanced circuitry and packaging options to meet application- specific requirements.  For additional information, and to view Tecate's online Ultracapacitor Design Tool, visit,  http://www.tecategroup.com/ultracapacitors-supercapacitors/designtool.php.   To learn more about Tecate's custom modules, visit, http://www.tecategroup.com/ultracapacitors-supercapacitors/custom-modules.php.  
While firm pricing is determined according to customers' specifications, average prices for PowerBurst ultracapacitor modules range from $12.00 to $92.00 in quantities of 50+.  In quantities of 1K, average pricing for 2.3V PowerBurst ultracapacitor cells ranges from $1.25 to $7.75, $7.00 to $17.00 for 2.5V cells, and $1.00 to $19.00 for 2.7V cells.  ARO delivery on standard cells and modules is 8 to 10 weeks.  

Custom and Off-the-Shelf Devices Provide Maximum Design Flexibility

in Space-Constrained Systems

 

San Diego, CA, June 9, 2011...Announced today by Tecate Group, A leading global supplier of capacitors and ultracapacitors, is the availability of custom and standard ultracapacitor cells and modules specifically engineered for today's Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) and smart grid applications.  Parts are members of Tecate's UL 810 Recognized PowerBurst®  family, which is comprised of the general purpose TPL and TPLS Series of 2.7V cells, as well as the TPLE Series of 2.3V cells featuring a -40 to +85 degrees C temperature range.  The flat prismatic PC5 and PC10 Series of 2.5V cells are provided for applications where height is limited.  For applications requiring modules, the low- and ultra-low profile PB/PBF/PBL/PBLL Series of 5.0V and 5.4V devices are offered. Parts notably offer OEMs/ODMs the competitive advantage of ensuring product and system safety while minimizing the time and expense associated with additional component-level testing.   To further speed time-to-market, Tecate's customization capabilities include the use of SolidWorks® 3D CAD (MCAD) software to facilitate superior design flexibility, responsiveness, and application engineering support.  The high power density cells feature capacitance values ranging from 0.5F to 400F and low Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR).  Modules withstand over 500,000 cycles.

 

Ideally suited for use in low profile/small footprint systems and products, Tecate's RoHS-compliant ultracapacitor cells and modules target today's AMR and smart grid applications in which consumption, diagnostic, and status data is collected from water or energy metering devices (gas and electric), and then transferred to a central database for billing, troubleshooting, and analysis. The parts provide battery-free "last gasp" power, and satisfy the high current pulse requirements of AMS technology.  They also provide critical backup power during power outages to ensure uninterrupted communication to/from the grid.  Capable of operating at low temperatures (-40 degrees C), parts supplement batteries for low temperature boost, and relieve batteries of peak power functions to extend batteries' life.

 

Tecate's PB/PBF/PBL/PBLL/ Series of modules are available with active or passive cell balancing, and with radial leads or flexible wire and connectors to eliminate the need for soldering. They are provided in an array of standard and custom high voltage, advanced circuitry and packaging options to meet application- specific requirements.  For additional information, and to view Tecate's online Ultracapacitor Design Tool, visit,  http://www.tecategroup.com/ultracapacitors-supercapacitors/designtool.php.   To learn more about Tecate's custom modules, visit, http://www.tecategroup.com/ultracapacitors-supercapacitors/custom-modules.php.  

 

While firm pricing is determined according to customers' specifications, average prices for PowerBurst ultracapacitor modules range from $12.00 to $92.00 in quantities of 50+.  In quantities of 1K, average pricing for 2.3V PowerBurst ultracapacitor cells ranges from $1.25 to $7.75, $7.00 to $17.00 for 2.5V cells, and $1.00 to $19.00 for 2.7V cells.  ARO delivery on standard cells and modules is 8 to 10 weeks.  

 

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