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Energy storage alternative to battery banks

An innovative new energy storage solution for data centres and mission critical power applications has been introduced by AEG Power Solutions. SuperCaps (or ultra capacitors) are said to provide an environmentally effective option for businesses wanting to reduce energy consumption, lower total cost of ownership and carbon footprint.

SuperCaps offer the functionality, life cycle costs, and reliability characteristics required for use in power systems which ensure continuous availability. Their high power density is suited to supply bridge power for short periods of around 30 to 100 seconds, while secondary generation systems come up to speed.

The traditional solution is the incorporation of battery banks which, typically, are sized to deliver power over longer periods. If sized for the actual duration required, batteries may have difficulty in supplying the necessary power which often results in systems which are physically much larger than necessary.

An alternative is now available with  SuperCaps which operate on a different principle to batteries and are capable of holding a charge for extended periods without any loss of capacity. Batteries, however, by virtue of their electro-chemical composition, require high maintenance with cell replacement not uncommon and still present the risk of not having sufficient capacity just when it’s needed most.

SuperCaps provide fast, short-term peak power for indefinite cycles; they can be charged or discharged several times; they charge instantly and have a long lifetime up to 20 years. They do not release any heat during discharge and are up to 95% efficient in application – more efficient, in fact, than conventional batteries, says the company. Additionally, they do not require special storage conditions or maintenance.


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