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14Mazda using wind turbine Electric Double Layer Capacitors to improve fuel efficiency

The idea of boosting vehicle fuel economy by using windmill components might sound a little Quixotic, but here goes.

AddMazda To Roll Out i-ELOOP Capacitor Regenerative Braking System In 2012

Earlier this year at the Cleantech Forum in San Francisco, when speculating as to the next game-changing EV technology, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said, "If I were to make a prediction, I'd think there's a good chance that it is not batteries, but super-capacitors." If that was a giveaway to what Tesla has coming down the road, then it looks like Mazda may have beat them to the punch. Or, at least taken a step in that direction.

20Mazda reveals i-ELOOP capacitor-based regenerative braking system

Batteries aren't the only technology mankind has invented to store electricity, and Mazda is working on a solution to the energy storage needs of electrified vehicles with a new system it's calling i-ELOOP. While we wish it didn't have such a cumbersome moniker, the technology behind i-ELOOP is intriguing.

32Mazda reveals i-ELOOP capacitor-based regenerative braking system

Batteries aren't the only technology mankind has invented to store electricity, and Mazda is working on a solution to the energy storage needs of electrified vehicles with a new system it's calling i-ELOOP. While we wish it didn't have such a cumbersome moniker, the technology behind i-ELOOP is intriguing.

AddMaxwell Technologies doubles ultracapacitor production

Maxwell Technologies reports that it has more than doubled its ultracapacitor production capacity over the past year and is moving forward with its plans to increase output of its Boostcap line of ultracapacitors. To date, Maxwell has pumped out more than 15 million ultracaps, says David Schramm, the firm's president and chief executive officer, adding that "ultracapacitor sales having grown by more than 50 percent in each of the past two years and our expectation for continuing rapid growth goi

AddEEStor gets patent for EESU, we get some details

Stop the presses! We've finally got some real information regarding EEStor's highly secretive capacitor-based energy storage system, though it's not exactly coming from the company itself. It seems that EEStor recently filed for patents of its new technology, which centers around a core of aluminum coated barium titanate powder immersed in a polyethylene terephthalate plastic matrix, and they've now been granted those patents. The best part for those of us who've been following the company's dev

AddMost promising green technologies number four: ultracapacitors

While batteries make most of the headlines when it comes to the energy storage requirements of electric cars, the capacitor could be an exciting and viable alternative. Unlike batteries, which store chemical energy and make it available for use as electrical energy, capacitors store energy in the electric field between a pair of conductors. Supercapacitors, or ultracapacitors, are currently being developed which could rival batteries in the amount of energy that they can store. Whether capacitor

AddCSIRO's UltraBattery to cut cost of hybrid battery by $2,000 in two years

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has developed a hybrid car battery that costs 70 percent less all while charging faster, providing 50 percent more power and recharging more times, increasing the life of battery by 300 percent. CSIRO's so called UltraBattery combines technologies of the capacitor and a regular lead-acid battery to make a better battery. Capacitors and batteries working together is not a new thing but the Ultrabattery gets the advantages withou

18Get your Flux Capacitors right here!

Okay, let's get this straight. Back to the Future movies: cool. Making your DeLorean into a replica of the movie car: incredibly lame. Halfway between would be a reproduction flux capacitor. If you did buy this thing, you could certainly attain full lameness by installing in in your non-DeLorean.

AddBiodiesel turbine, super capacitor, series hybrid... HUMMER! (60 MPG and 0-60 in 5 seconds)

Johnathan Goodwin is the patron saint of green cars (although as of yet, this honor has gone unrecognized by the Vatican). Last April, John was the guy behind the Chevy Impala conversion that smoked a Lamborghini in a quarter mile on the Earth Day special of MTV's Pimp My Ride. Arnold Schwarzenegger was so impressed that when he did a guest appearance on the Earth Day Pimp My Ride special, he hired SAE Energy (where John is co-partner) to make his Jeep run on biodiesel. Recently, John made the c

AddNew capacitor research could increase capacities by seven times

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new type of capacitor which allows up to seven times the electrical storage potential as standard capacitors available today. The breakthrough apparently is a polymer called PVDF which can act as a high-performance dielectric, which is an insulating material between two metal surfaces. Electricians are used to using a dielectric grease on electrical connections, so this may be a familiar concept to some of our readers.

AddNanotech strikes again! University of Arizona creates new capacitor technology

Readers who are familiar with hybrid and electric vehicle drivetrains will already know what a capacitor is, but here is a brief explanation. A battery is a chemical means of storing electricity, while a capacitor is a mechanical means of storing electricity. Both can be recharged, and both can be discharged. One reason to choose a capacitor over a battery is that the mechanical capacitor can generally charge and discharge its electrical energy much more quickly than the chemical battery can. Al

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