The internet of things (IoT), industrial internet of things (IIoT), edge and cloud computing, plus a bevy of other applications is upping the ante for ever-smaller embedded portable devices. This in turn presents more than a few challenges to battery makers. For one, smaller applications require smaller batteries, which are limited in their energy storage and delivery capacities, leading to shorter run times. Then there’s the expense of battery replacement and/or recharging.
Energy harvesting has held great promise in this area. One critical concern here is energy storage. How can we store a lot of energy to back up the battery, to extend run time, or to provide power when, say a solar cell is off line? Enter the supercapacitor.
In these situations, the capacitor can provide a reservoir for the required power delivered to pulsed device loads such as transducers and RF transmitters. Advances in capacitor technology, particularly relating to Supercapacitors, are addressing this challenge allowing for greater feature diversification than if the battery was the sole power source.
A good way to learn how supercapacitors can solve a plethora of power problems is to first attend Sensors Expo & Conference 2018 in San Jose, CA. Next, while there, attend the session titled “Decoupling Battery Performance with High Power Density Supercapacitors”, Wednesday, June 27 from 1:30 pm to 2:20 pm. In this session attendees will gain a greater understanding of the challenges of battery power delivery and the means available to address peak power demand using advanced EDLC Supercapacitor technology.
The session will be presented by Gene Armstrong, Director of Applications at PBC Tech. He has over 30 years of experience in executive management, product development, and product design of battery-management products at major semiconductor companies including MAXIM, TI, and Benchmarq Microelectronics. His product development work resulted in EDN Product of the Year, ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS Product of the Year and AnalogZone Product of the Year award winning mixed-signal devices in the field of battery management. Gene received his BSEE/Cum Laude and MSEE from the University of California at Irvine.
Now the very first thing you need to do is register for Sensors Expo & Conference 2018. You’ll get a charge out of attending.