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Energy Storage Global Conference 2018 Spotlights Long to Short Duration Energy Storage Methods

December 10, 2018 by Jan-Hendrik Ernst, Key Account Manager, EMEA
Energy Storage Global Conference 2018 Spotlights Long to Short Duration Energy Storage Methods

Emerging from the diverse topics and presenters was the common challenge of integration of renewable energy and achievement of carbon dioxide reduction goals.
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Power to the Grid: An Introduction to Maxwell’s Grid Energy Storage Systems (Infographic)

December 03, 2018 by Maxwell Technologies
Power to the Grid: An Introduction to Maxwell’s Grid Energy Storage Systems (Infographic)

This free infographic provides a visual summary of how ultracapacitor (supercapacitor) energy storage systems help overcome some of the top challenges faced by the power industry, including the integration of renewables and effective response plans for grid events that disrupt power.
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Application Brief: Ultracapacitors for Smart Meters and Automatic Meter Reading

November 05, 2018 by Maxwell Technologies
Application Brief: Ultracapacitors for Smart Meters and Automatic Meter Reading

Ultracapacitors (supercapacitors) address the robust needs of the metering market, enabling key functionality such as data delivery even when power is lost.
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Energy Storage News Roundup: South Africa, Australia and Portugal Make Strides in Energy Storage

October 29, 2018 by Maxwell Technologies
Energy Storage News Roundup: South Africa, Australia and Portugal Make Strides in Energy Storage

News items for the energy storage professional.
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Application Brief: Ultracapacitor Grid Energy Storage for Frequency Response

October 22, 2018 by Maxwell Technologies
Application Brief: Ultracapacitor Grid Energy Storage for Frequency Response

Ultracapacitor grid energy storage systems provide grid inertia by stabilizing frequency drops in milliseconds.
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How Australia Came Close to Wide-Scale Blackout – And Insights Into Energy Storage for Grid Resiliency

October 01, 2018 by Aung Thant, Power Systems Engineering Architect
How Australia Came Close to Wide-Scale Blackout – And Insights Into Energy Storage for Grid Resiliency

They say lightning never strikes the same place twice. This post looks at how Australia’s grid was able to recover from recent lightning strikes and discusses energy storage systems as critical tools for grid stabilization.
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Smart Grid Today PODCAST: How Ultracapacitors Work in Grid-Scale Energy Storage Systems

September 17, 2018 by Maxwell Technologies
Smart Grid Today PODCAST: How Ultracapacitors Work in Grid-Scale Energy Storage Systems

Listen in! Smart Grid Today interviews Maxwell on ultracapacitor (supercapacitor) grid energy storage systems for large-scale grid energy storage deployments.
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Maxwell’s New Grid Energy Storage Subsystem Design-In with Siemens

September 10, 2018 by Kimberly McGrath, Ph.D., Sr. Director, Business Development and Technical Marketing
Maxwell’s New Grid Energy Storage Subsystem Design-In with Siemens

We are pleased to share that our ultracapacitor grid energy storage subsystem is an integral element of the new Siemens SVC PLUS FS, a system designed to reduce the risk of grid load shedding or blackout.
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Energy Storage News Roundup: ES Key Player in US Power Sources, California Solar Bill, EV Charging Stations in China

August 27, 2018 by Maxwell Technologies
Energy Storage News Roundup: ES Key Player in US Power Sources, California Solar Bill, EV Charging Stations in China

News items for the energy storage professional
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5 Ways Ultracapacitors Operate in Utility Grids and Microgrids

August 13, 2018 by Kimberly McGrath, Ph.D., Sr. Director, Business Development and Technical Marketing
5 Ways Ultracapacitors Operate in Utility Grids and Microgrids

Ultracapacitors, also called supercapacitors, are high-power, rapid-response energy storage devices that provide grid operators with a cost-effective strategy for addressing voltage, frequency, and power quality issues.
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Energy Storage News Roundup: Coal Nosedives, Mobile Storage, Grid Reliability

July 23, 2018 by Maxwell Technologies
Energy Storage News Roundup: Coal Nosedives, Mobile Storage, Grid Reliability

Our team rounds up news items from the past week for the energy storage professional.
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Maxwell’s Unique Position to Future-proof Grid Energy Storage

July 09, 2018 by Kimberly McGrath, Ph.D., Sr. Director, Business Development and Technical Marketing
Maxwell’s Unique Position to Future-proof Grid Energy Storage

Years in the making, we worked with leaders in the industry to ensure we directly addressed the shortcomings of existing storage solutions in fast response and high power applications. With the launch of these products we are adding key tools into the energy storage capability toolbox by improving functionality and lifetime.
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Energy News Roundup: Duck Curves in California, India’s Wind-Solar Policy, New Study Charts Energy Storage Advantages for the Grid

June 04, 2018 by Maxwell Technologies
Energy News Roundup: Duck Curves in California, India’s Wind-Solar Policy, New Study Charts Energy Storage Advantages for the Grid

Energy news headlines of interest to the energy storage professional.
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Norway’s Electrified Society

May 29, 2018 by Steve Watts, Lead Product Development Engineer
Norway’s Electrified Society

This post takes a look at Norway’s astounding achievement of electrification and closes with insight into how other nations striving to participate in the electrification megatrend can do so with energy storage strategies.
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News Roundup: NY’s Energy Vision, Energy Storage Adoption in U.S. by 2025, Reducing Emissions in Shipping Industry

April 23, 2018 by Maxwell Technologies
News Roundup: NY’s Energy Vision, Energy Storage Adoption in U.S. by 2025, Reducing Emissions in Shipping Industry

A summary of recent news items in the ever-growing energy industry.
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Three Ways Energy Storage Solves Modern Grid Power Challenges

April 16, 2018 by Jan-Hendrik Ernst, Key Account Manager, EMEA
Three Ways Energy Storage Solves Modern Grid Power Challenges

Energy storage is a robust strategy for keeping the grid network balanced and integrating renewables, and it can be used to address several grid applications, including ramping, frequency regulation and synthetic inertia.
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Energy Storage News Roundup: World’s First Energy Storage Fund, Grid Resiliency, Energy Event Happenings

March 19, 2018 by Maxwell Technologies
Energy Storage News Roundup: World’s First Energy Storage Fund, Grid Resiliency, Energy Event Happenings

A mid-March roundup of energy storage news.
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Energy News Roundup: Energy Storage Tax Credit, Revenue Stacking, Global Views on Renewables

February 19, 2018 by Maxwell Technologies
Energy News Roundup: Energy Storage Tax Credit, Revenue Stacking, Global Views on Renewables

Need to catch up on energy news? Here’s your roundup.
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U.S. Energy Efficiency Plans Underway for 2018

February 05, 2018 by Maxwell Technologies
U.S. Energy Efficiency Plans Underway for 2018

States across the U.S. are gearing up their energy efficiency plans for 2018 and beyond.
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Maxwell Technologies Broadcasts from DistribuTECH 2018: Ultracapacitor Energy Storage for the Grid (VIDEO)

January 29, 2018 by Maxwell Technologies
Maxwell Technologies Broadcasts from DistribuTECH 2018: Ultracapacitor Energy Storage for the Grid (VIDEO)

Watch Maxwell’s grid team discuss how energy storage can address high power and long-duration storage applications for the grid—from the show floor at last week’s DistribuTECH 2018.
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Wind, Water and Energy Storage: A Look at Kodiak Island’s Renewables Microgrid

January 22, 2018 by Chris James, Sr. Firmware Engineer
Wind, Water and Energy Storage: A Look at Kodiak Island’s Renewables Microgrid

Kodiak Island is known for its wild bears, its fish processing industry, and for its nearly 100 percent clean energy microgrid. Senior Firmware Engineer Chris James shares his observations on how renewables were stabilized on the island’s microgrid and the role of energy storage.
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An Overview of 6 Energy Storage Methods

January 15, 2018 by Mike Wilk, Sr. Systems Engineer
An Overview of 6 Energy Storage Methods

Various energy storage methods have been devised to capture and store energy so that it can be fed back to the grid when it’s most needed. Here’s an overview of six energy storage technologies available today.
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What's Next in Grid Energy Storage?

December 18, 2017 by Maxwell Technologies
What's Next in Grid Energy Storage?

As we reach new milestones in clean energy, how do electric utilities keep pace with the growth of renewables?
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Charting the Future of Energy Storage Technology in Europe

November 27, 2017 by Jan-Hendrik Ernst, Applications Engineering Manager
Charting the Future of Energy Storage Technology in Europe

Energy storage provides a solution for efficient management of energy in our networks by utilities TSOs, DSO industry and consumers. A wide range of energy storage technologies will be required to support the challenges of the energy transition.
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At the Tipping Point: Utilities Prepare Energy Storage Strategies for a Renewables Grid (VIDEO)

November 13, 2017 by Maxwell Technologies
At the Tipping Point: Utilities Prepare Energy Storage Strategies for a Renewables Grid (VIDEO)

Utilities are in the midst of making the necessary preparations for stabilizing the power grid so that a decade from now, consumers can rely on their energy supply. Those preparations include a deep education on energy storage technology and how to implement it for grid stabilization.
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How Do We Stabilize the Grid with Higher Penetration of Renewables?

October 23, 2017 by Chris James, Sr. Firmware Engineer
How Do We Stabilize the Grid with Higher Penetration of Renewables?

If stabilizing a grid fed by renewables is the goal, microcycling batteries may prove inefficient. Ultracapacitors, on the other hand, are designed for high cycle applications that require long life and are a viable option for stabilizing a renewables grid.
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Energy Storage North America: Be Part of the Energy Transition

August 14, 2017 by Maxwell Technologies
Energy Storage North America: Be Part of the Energy Transition

Attendees at last week’s Energy Storage North America in San Diego were able to explore new trends and technology in the energy storage space.
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5 Ways the U.S. is Leading in Renewable Energy

July 03, 2017 by Maxwell Technologies
5 Ways the U.S. is Leading in Renewable Energy

As the push towards renewables grows stronger, the U.S. is claiming its spot as a leader. From wind power to electric vehicles, the nation continues to innovate.
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Ultracapacitors in Wind Turbines: An Optimal Solution for Performance

June 05, 2017 by Maxwell Technologies
Ultracapacitors in Wind Turbines: An Optimal Solution for Performance

Wind farm operators are increasingly turning to ultracapacitors for emergency electric wind pitch control.
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PODCAST: How Does Ultracapacitor Energy Storage Work?

March 20, 2017 by Maxwell Technologies
PODCAST: How Does Ultracapacitor Energy Storage Work?

How can energy storage devices, such as ultracapacitors and batteries, collaborate as one system to maximize value for grid operators? Dr. Kim McGrath addresses this question and more in this Green Connections Radio podcast.
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Maxwell Technologies to Acquire Nesscap Energy Business

March 06, 2017 by Maxwell Technologies
Maxwell Technologies to Acquire Nesscap Energy Business

Maxwell Technologies, Inc. and Nesscap Energy Inc. announced that they have entered into an agreement in which Maxwell proposes to acquire substantially all of the assets and business of Nesscap.
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What is Combined Non-Conventional Instrument Transformer (NCIT)? 3 Minutes with Dr. Thomas Heid (VIDEO)

February 20, 2017 by Maxwell Technologies
What is Combined Non-Conventional Instrument Transformer (NCIT)? 3 Minutes with Dr. Thomas Heid (VIDEO)

The CONDIS® Combined NCIT is much more than the next generation of instrument transformers. It is the technology capable of serving the advanced needs of the digital substations in our industry.
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Ultracapacitors in your daily life: Enabling renewable energy

November 30, 2016 by Dr. Kim McGrath, Director of Business Development
Ultracapacitors in your daily life: Enabling renewable energy

As we begin to adopt new renewable energy sources, reliability is a struggle. In a world dependent on electricity, ultracapacitors can help to keep the lights on.
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From Intern to Pro: Meet Mechanical Engineer Ishmael Rahimian

October 31, 2016 by Jessica Baris, Communications Specialist and Copywriter
From Intern to Pro: Meet Mechanical Engineer Ishmael Rahimian

Ishmael Rahimian considered culinary school or enlisting in the military before he became a mechanical engineer. Read about his career growth at Maxwell in this second installment of the Intern to Pro series.
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Smoothing the Sun: Ultracapacitors on UC San Diego’s Microgrid

October 24, 2016 by Jessica Baris, Communications Specialist and Copywriter
Smoothing the Sun: Ultracapacitors on UC San Diego’s Microgrid

Mike Wilk’s office space was a grove of eucalyptus trees on UC San Diego’s campus for some time. That’s because he was helping to install the first ultracapacitor energy storage system on the university’s microgrid.
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A Look Inside Maxwell Technologies’ High-Voltage Capacitor Lab

October 17, 2016 by Jessica Baris, Communications Specialist and Copywriter
A Look Inside Maxwell Technologies’ High-Voltage Capacitor Lab

At nearly 10 meters tall, the high-voltage transformer towers over the lab like a technological giant. Maxwell’s HV Test Engineering Manager Minh Duc Vo gives us this view of the CONDIS® capacitor laboratory based in Switzerland.
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VIDEO: Maxwell Technologies Talks Digitalization of the Grid for DistribuTECH 2016 Power Today

July 18, 2016 by Maxwell Technologies
VIDEO: Maxwell Technologies Talks Digitalization of the Grid for DistribuTECH 2016 Power Today

In this video, Gerard Lopez, general manager of Maxwell’s high voltage product line, discusses the digitalization of the grid and Maxwell’s role as a provider of ultracapacitors and high voltage capacitors for a diverse range of grid applications.
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Ultracapacitors: The Gems of Hybrid Energy Storage (PHOTOS)

April 25, 2016 by Jessica Baris, Communications Specialist and Copywriter
Ultracapacitors: The Gems of Hybrid Energy Storage (PHOTOS)

Ultracapacitors have many facets of energy efficiency waiting to be unlocked for the future grid. Last week, Dr. Kimberly McGrath led a discussion on hybrid ultracapacitor-battery energy storage at the Next-Generation Energy Storage 2016 conference held in beautiful La Jolla, San Diego.
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In Good Company: Maxwell Joins Energy Storage Association

April 11, 2016 by Maxwell Technologies
In Good Company: Maxwell Joins Energy Storage Association

This spring Maxwell joined the Energy Storage Association (ESA), and we find ourselves in good company.
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Duke Energy Leverages Maxwell Ultracapacitors to Launch the Next Generation of Grid Energy Storage Systems

April 04, 2016 by Dr. Kimberly McGrath, Director of Business Development
Duke Energy Leverages Maxwell Ultracapacitors to Launch the Next Generation of Grid Energy Storage Systems

Duke Energy recently deployed a hybrid battery-ultracapacitor energy storage system at a distribution substation in Gaston County, N.C.
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Feeding the Energy Appetite of the Grid

March 28, 2016 by David Lentsch, Business Development Manager
Feeding the Energy Appetite of the Grid

The worldwide power grid is hungry. Batteries are perfect for serving up long-term energy, but ultracapacitors deliver fast power to meet the second and sub-second needs of the grid.
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PHOTOS: The Utility Industry Under One Roof at DistribuTECH 2016

February 15, 2016 by Gerard Lopez, Director of High Voltage Marketing, Business Development and Strategic Planning
PHOTOS: The Utility Industry Under One Roof at DistribuTECH 2016

This year’s DistribuTECH was energizing to say the least, with several workshops and sessions that revealed the transformation of the North American energy market, including the technology trends in metering, communication, cyber security and professional services.
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PHOTOS: Maxwell at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week 2016

February 01, 2016 by Chris Fischbach, OEM/Distribution Sales Manager – Truck
PHOTOS: Maxwell at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week 2016

Last week my colleagues and I attended Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) 2016 at the impressive Mirage in Las Vegas. HDAW is the largest North American gathering of independent heavy-duty aftermarket leaders and a very special gathering place for the devoted, life-long career individuals and family-owned businesses that make up the industry.
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Maxwell Technologies Selected for China Guodian Corporation’s First Ultracapacitor-Based Wind Energy Storage System

January 25, 2016 by Maxwell Technologies
Maxwell Technologies Selected for China Guodian Corporation’s First Ultracapacitor-Based Wind Energy Storage System

Maxwell Technologies announced last week that Beijing Huadian Tianren Electric Power Control Technology Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of China Guodian Corporation, selected Maxwell’s ultracapacitor technology as the core component of a wind farm energy storage demonstration project.
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VIDEO: Innovation in High-Voltage Capacitors for the Grid

November 02, 2015 by Gerard Lopez, Director of High Voltage Marketing, Business Development and Strategic Planning
VIDEO: Innovation in High-Voltage Capacitors for the Grid

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Maxwell’s high-voltage capacitor production line in Rossens, Switzerland. The Rossens team gives insight into Maxwell’s values and process in the development and manufacture of CONDIS high-voltage capacitors for generation, transmission and distribution in the power grid.
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The Advantages of Ultracapacitors in Wind Turbine Electric Pitch Control Systems

June 22, 2015 by Stefan Werkstetter, Sr. Field Applications Engineer
The Advantages of Ultracapacitors in Wind Turbine Electric Pitch Control Systems

There are two types of energy storage systems used for electric wind turbine pitch control: ultracapacitor-based and battery-based. While batteries are efficient devices for many applications, ultracapacitors have the advantage when it comes to supporting a wind turbine’s electric pitch control system.
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Ultracapacitor Energy Storage: Improving Power Reliability and Efficiency Across the Grid

June 01, 2015 by Dr. Kim McGrath, Director of Business Development
Ultracapacitor Energy Storage: Improving Power Reliability and Efficiency Across the Grid

Ultracapacitors are power devices capable of hundreds of thousands of cycles and feature long lifetimes, making them a natural fit in grid energy storage solutions. According to Navigant Research, grid energy storage is expected to generate in excess of $68 billion in revenue from 2014 to 2024. What applications do ultracapacitors serve in this market to overcome the largest issues the grid faces today? Here are just a few examples.
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