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NASA Super Capacitor Energy Storage PDF Print E-mail
Written by Greg Allen   
Thursday, 13 December 2007

NASA Space Shuttle CockpitLet’s recap what we have learned... Unlike a battery where energy is slowly leaked out over time, an ultracapacitor supplies a super powerful burst of energy.  It’s only a matter of time now where you will start to see ultracapacitors (aka supercapacitors) more and more in mobile phones, UPS applications, hybrid electric vehicles and wind energy farm. We are already making great strides in these industries.  And these are just to name a few..

So a few years ago NASA researchers decided to look at building the supercapacitor into their plans of  future space requirements of energy storage.  They write that the super capacitor is in development because of the large advantage they have over batteries for storage applications in the space shuttle. They demonstrated a reduction of mass in power systems of at least 60%.  That is huge.

The requirement is: An Energy Storage System that can supply short term (seconds) of high peak current pluses for applications like launch vehicles, radar, and  communication satellites.

So NASA has a need for an improved flexible package for the supercapacitors?  Really?!?   This sounds exactly like the a supercapacitor of a company that I spoke to yesterday.  OptiXtal is sending me some samples to test in the lab.  I am also going to follow up with a few people at NASA and see  what they are doing.

Greg

Here is the NASA Document:   SuperCapacitor Energy Storage

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Nice document... do you have any more?
Guest (Unregistered) • 2008-01-14 09:50:05
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hello my friend
Hamed Shahrokhi (Unregistered) • 2008-03-10 00:00:17
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I would like to discuss opportunity and need to help the world. I think you are doing good work disseminating information.
Kevin (Unregistered) • 2008-05-27 13:08:10
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