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Ultracapacitors Can Provide the Necessary Charge for Remote Power

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Cabe Atwell
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Re: ultracaps
Cabe Atwell   7/29/2014 2:26:17 AM
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Pat,

Are you saying collect solar energy from the upper atmosphere and send it down somehow?

That's not a bad idea. 

Light will bend around the edges and still reach the ground. So, it shouldn't take away too much energy from hitting the earth.

Also, upper atmosphere is cold, and should keep the panels cooler.

Wireless power back to the ground? A really long wire? Drop charged batteries back to earth?

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ultracaps
patb2009   7/7/2014 3:01:51 PM
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I've been thinking, that  it's really a big opportunity for smoothing solar PV Panels.

Put that onto a big solar panel and you should be able to ride out a lot of cloud overhead.

 

 

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Re: Self-Discharge
jhankwitz   7/7/2014 10:12:22 AM
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You're right on Cabe.  The "100W" number in the article is misleading and caused me to do a double-take while reading.  It's the Watt-Seconds (Joules) that provide the whole picture.  The cost per joule that is the biggest constraint.

Cabe Atwell
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Cabe Atwell   7/3/2014 3:58:27 PM
The joule density of some super/ultracaps in inspiring. Still, the size to joule desity needs to improve. Our smart-devices would need a pack of super/ultra the size of a suitcase to meet the potential of the lithium based packs we use now.

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Self-Discharge
tekochip   7/3/2014 2:28:27 PM
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For high draw applications ultracaps are a great choice, but right now the self-discharge is still a little high for other applications.  I've used ultracaps in a few motor applications and they can really extend batery life when you get past the internal resistance of a battery.

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