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San Diego-based Maxwell Technologies Inc. has introduced the 75-volt BOOSTCAP ultracapacitor module to provide a scaleable, cost-effective and low-maintenance solution to meet the backup power and power quality requirements of wind turbines and other renewable energy generation equipment.

Maxwell says it developed the new module in response to market demand for an easy-to-integrate energy storage building block for a variety of electrical system functions, including:
- backup power for orderly shutdown of wind turbine blade pitch mechanisms and automated manufacturing equipment,
- buffering to enhance the consistency of wind, solar and wave power input into the utility grid, and
- low-maintenance alternative to batteries for short-term bridge power for uninterruptible power supplies.

According to David Schramm, Maxwell's president and CEO, the new 75-volt module augments the company's existing line of multi-cell ultracapacitor module products ranging from 15 volts to 390 volts. "BOOSTCAP modules can be arrayed in series or parallel configurations to provide instantly available power for higher voltage applications," Schramm says.

The new module features an international protection rating 54 dust- and water-spray-resistant design, is SAE J2383 vibration test compliant and includes an integrated temperature sensor to enable remote monitoring.

For more information on the BOOSTCAP module, visit maxwell.com


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