Ultracapacitor Industry news

Taiwan Begins Testing Supercapacitor-Powered, Cable-Free Rail System

The city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, has begun testing the world’s only completely cable-free rail system. Instead of relying on an overhead network of power cables to move them, the light-rail trains employ supercapacitors with wireless charging systems to get them from station to station. Taiwan partnered with Spain-based company Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) to build the trains, which can charge in only 20 seconds. Tecate Group is a distributor and integrator of Maxwell supercapacitor cells and modules.

Supercapacitor-Powered, Cable-Free Rail System

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Ultracapacitor Announcements

Lightweight Tactical Vehicle Summit

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Tecate will be exhibiting at the Lightweight Tactical Vehicle Summit in Detroit next week, March 16-18 - http://www.lighttacticalvehiclesummit.com.  This event focuses on the recent vehicle programs and modernization initiatives in military vehicle fleets.  Tecate designs and manufactures a complete line of long life ultracapacitor cells and custom module solutions to replace battery packs.  We have successfully designed systems for BPS in AFES applications. 


Brendan Andrews
Vice President, Sales & Marketing


Ultracapacitor Press Releases

Military Takes Advantage of Tecate’s Unique Module Capabilities

PowerBurst® Series Are Ideal for Use in Many Military Applications

San Diego, CA, August 29, 2016…As the applications for ultracapacitors grow, the military market segment has demonstrated an increasing need for custom ultracapacitor modules to address a variety of power challenges, and the military has now made an unprecedented turn to Tecate for assistance in filling this need. Tecate is pleased to announce that its custom PowerBurst ultracapacitors have been the military's solution. Based on the unique characteristics of ultracapacitors, which allow quick power delivery, superior low-temperature operation, and the ability to handle up to a million cycles, PowerBurst custom modules are replacing or augmenting batteries in a multitude of military applications, including backup power for electronics in military vehicles, fire control systems in tanks and armored vehicles, and airbag deployment; backup power/memory hold-up for emergency handheld radios; GPS guided missiles and projectiles; cold-engine starts and active suspension in military vehicles; Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs); buss voltage hold-up during peak currents; and meeting bridge power needs for data retention when switching from ground to on-board aircraft systems.

Ultracapacitors can replace batteries in short-term applications and allow for a dramatic reduction in the battery size in peak current applications. In addition, ultracapacitors are maintenance-free, which is a tremendous long-term benefit, eliminating both the high field replacement costs related to batteries and the need for toxic battery disposal.

Tecate offers custom cell sizes, packaging and mounting options, active and passive balancing, temperature monitoring, and overvoltage protection. The talented mechanical and electrical engineers on the Tecate Group design team are able to quickly size a module and make recommendations for other specifications based on their long experience in the custom module industry. Initial sizing requirements can be easily determined by using the convenient Tecate Design Tool. Quick-turn prototypes, ideal for proof of concept, can be available in as little as two weeks. 

Tecate's standard offering of ultracapacitor modules include our PBL 5.4V and PBL 16.2V modules and PBLL, PBLLE, PBLS, and PBM module series, which provide a variety of capacitance values, voltages, and interconnect options to chose from, all with lives of over 1 million cycles. With capacitances from milliFards to 3000F, Tecate offers a wide array of modules to meet virtually all capacitance requirements. For more information, visit www.tecategroup.com.