Skeleton Technologies launches new engine start module17 March 2017

Ultracapacitor manufacturer Skeleton Technologies has launched a new engine start module to help power heavy industry vehicles in extreme conditions.

Called SkelStart Engine Start Module 2.0, it is available in 24V and 12V versions and is based on the graphene-based SkelCap ultracapacitors, which Skeleton says provide the highest power and energy density on the market.

The new module’s casing is made of non-flammable material that is resistant to vibration and shock, and is a stud terminal device in BCI Group 31 size.

Lead-acid batteries have traditionally been used for starting internal combustion engines in vehicles, despite their limitations in terms of lifetime and performance. However, ultracapacitor-based engine start modules are growing in popularity due to their ability to provide reliable engine starting in extreme conditions, with less downtime and maintenance requirements as well as lower replacement costs and fuel consumption.

“Heavy vehicles operating in the haulage, forestry and marine space need to be reliable and power efficient as any downtime rapidly impacts profits,” says Taavi Madiberk, chief executive of Skeleton Technologies.

“SkelStart Engine Start modules are designed to provide reliable engine starting in even the harshest conditions, as well as reduced ongoing costs on maintenance and replacement. Businesses can therefore expect their equipment to work cost effectively year-round, affording them peace of mind.”

The SkelStart Engine Start Module 2.0 can replace a battery, or be installed in addition to existing batteries, to handle all engine starting duties. Skeleton Technologies ultracapacitors are based on patented curved-graphene nanotechnology – which, says Skeleton, guarantees power density superior not just to batteries but also to other ultracapacitors on the market.

Laura Cork

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