TRANSITION TOWARDS ELECTRIC MOBILITY
Mobility is changing rapidly as the world moves away from its dependence on fossil fuels. Electrified vehicles will be a lasting solution that enable new uses, reducing the overall environmental impact, from the sourcing of abundant raw materials to recycling and reuse. Recognized at COP21 as an active enterprise in the energy transition, NAWATechnologies is pioneering the development of faster, more rechargeable electric storage devices – its Ultra Fast Carbon Battery – with longer life for more enjoyable, more available and safer vehicles.
Material handling of merchandise (e.g. inventory, boxes, spare parts) within an enclosed environment, such as a warehouse or factory, is typical of future mobility demands. The design of fast-charge battery technology, combined with fast charging terminals incorporating NAWACap products enables the development of a fleet of vehicles that are always in motion and can increase logistics productivity by more than 30 per cent.
In tomorrow’s intelligent cities, transport of people and goods will have to be multimodal, with vehicles being able to charge quickly at multiple and various terminals. NAWACap supercapacitors are ideally suited for autonomous vehicles (shuttles, buses, shared cars, bicycles, etc) which can be recharged in a few seconds when vehicles are at rest, e.g. at bus stops. They enable more flexibility and make the transport network reliable, reducing maintenance costs and eliminating CO2 emissions.
Professional portable electric tools (drills, saws, hammers, etc) are currently provided with lithium-ion battery packs with a recharge time of three hours. In many cases, these battery packs may have to be replaced as many as twenty times over the life of the power tool itself. A pack of NAWACap ultracapacitors provide the same function, while being eight times lighter than lithium-ion batteries and with a lifespan greater than that of the power tool. The key: charging it more often whereas every charge takes a fraction of the recharge time of existing batteries.
Under the ocean or in space, where environments are especially harsh, in order to meet power peaks, today’s batteries are oversized and, in turn, heavy. NAWACap products are an innovative energy storage solution, with the advantage of being more powerful, lighter, more reliable, longer lasting and easier to incorporate into system solutions. Over time NAWACap solutions will replace the actuators that trigger the opening of aircraft doors or enable the separation of the stages of a satellite launcher.
SECURING ELECTRIC GRIDS
The increase of renewable energies in the energy mix causes problems to the stability of the electric grid. From securing power supply to sensitive installations (data centres, production plants, hospital equipment, airports, etc.) to the flexibility and investment of network extensions. NAWATechnologies brings new hybrid storage solutions to ensure both long-term centralized storage and short-term distributed storage.
Electric grids underlie fluctuations that are hard to predict and are critical for network and utilities. To deal with such random fluctuations, NAWACap high power density supercapacitors can inject large quantities of available energy quasi-instantaneously and are rapidly recharged in order to be quickly available again.
NAWA IS ALSO PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE WITH ITS PARTNERS
In partnership with world-class research laboratories and industrial corporations, NAWATechnologies is working on new solutions to better manage tomorrow’s energy.