posted on Mar, 28 2005 @ 11:12 PM
I understand,... but capacitors, although designed for effecient charge/discharge rates, are very commonly used in applications that require little
discharge in the sense you are suggesting. (electrolytic capacitors used in half/full wave ac rectified power supplies, as well as power 'storage'
such as in AC motor inverter capacitor banks.)
At current technology levels, a capacitor has yet to pass the storage ability of regular ol' lead/acid batteries, but this is expected to be
surpassed by double sometime this year.
An example of applying supercaps to current automotive hybrid systems is commented on the OEM's website,...
Large cells are also available and can be linked together to form power packs of up to 500 cells to power initial acceleration, operate electrical
subsystems and recapture energy from braking for cleaner, more fuel-efficient hybrid electric/internal combustion buses, trucks and automobiles.
Maxwell offers several integrated module and pack solutions that are available with active or passive voltage balancing.
As soon, and soon it will be, these 'magic' capacitors will be available in cost and ability, to provide a cleaner, safer, and of capacity, to be
used in transportation as the sole energy storage device in a vehicle. Imagine a quick-charge at your local fillin' station that may take 10 minutes,
and provide you with stored energy that when combined with regenerative braking power, will allow you to travel a hundred miles.