Hybrid supercap completes UL certification, aims to replace Li batteries

December 14, 2015 // By Paul Buckley
The developer of an innovative supercapacitor-based energy storage and battery enhancement technology, Paper Battery Company has completed UL certification for the  company's PowerResponder product range.

PowerResponder is a range of hybrid supercapacitors with technology enhancements that, its designers hope, my replace traditional lithium ion batteries in select applications.

PowerResponder has also been certified as RoHS compliant, giving it added environmental and safety benefits. The product line will be available in a range of sizes from 90F to 9000F with initial products available to OEM customers by the end of the year.   

“PowerResponder technical innovations, along with high reliability and safety features validated by an independent certified laboratory, make it ideal for consumer and industrial products. Its fast recharge capability enables devices to charge in minutes to be used for hours,” said Shreefal Mehta, president and CEO of Paper Battery Company.   “By rapidly recharging - or energy-snacking as we like to call it - customers can now carry just the amount of energy needed for their tasks, with high availability of their device due to the turbo-charging in seconds not hours. The long cycle life of PowerResponder makes it possible to integrate the cell as part of the product, with a life as long as, or longer than, the product it powers.”

 
Compared to a typical lithium ion battery, PowerResponder claims to provide 10X higher peak pulse power capacity, 100X greater cycle life, higher reliability in high temperature applications, lower energy density, holds charge with a similar low leakage current and is much safer with no risk of flammability or explosion with runaway heating.

PowerResponder is not subject to the same air cargo concerns and shipping restrictions as lithium ion batteries and can replace lithium ion batteries where safety is a huge concern or where fast charge is valuable for high availability and reliability. The operating voltage range matches that of lithium ion batteries, making it an easy fit to existing electronics with minimal modifications.  Compared with existing traditional symmetric supercapacitors (EDLCs), the PowerResponder has  5-7X higher energy density and much higher cell voltage, replacing EDLCs with a cheaper and more compact solution in high energy, high-reliability applications.