Maxwell Technologies, Inc. announced today that it will supply ultracapacitor cells and integration kits to the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory for a collaborative research project for hybrid-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
Argonne will provide batteries and power electronics, design and fabricate the integrated energy system for installation in the Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) of the Advanced Powertrain Research Facility (APRF) in Argonne's Center for Transportation Research.
The research will center around ultracapacitors' rapid charge/discharge capabilities and their ability to handle the heavy cycling involved in regenerative braking, torque assist and other demands on energy storage systems for hybrid-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
Argonne and Maxwell have agreed on an active parallel system configuration that will combine a standard lithium-ion plug-in hybrid battery with a string of 112 of Maxwell's BOOSTCAP(R) BCAP0650 P270 650-farad ultracapacitor cells, along with appropriate power electronics and cooling and safety-related features. The system will undergo HIL validation during the summer of 2007.Interested in information related to sustainable manufacturing best practices? Bookmark our Making Green page, and check back daily for updated content.