Skeleton Technologies, the Europe market leader in energy storage systems and ultracapacitors, a company originating in Estonia, is all set to supply ultracapacitor systems to Skoda Electric, the manufacturer of traction equipment, to be equipped on 114 trams, which are scheduled to be delivered to German cities such as Heidelberg, Mannheim, and Ludwigshafen by Skoda Transportation.
The system of ultracapacitors by Skeleton Technologies, works by recuperating the braking energy of the tram while also using this energy to save energy, reduce costs, and also for reacceleration. Ultracapacitor devices are ideal for such applications owing to their superior reliability, efficiency, and super fast recharging capabilities.
Stanislav Wizur, the head of strategic purchasing at Skoda Electric made a statement about the development: Skeleton Technologies brings the necessary quality mindset to critical applications. The highest power density and efficiency in the industry provides us with a very clear competitive advantage. We have worked together with Skeleton Technologies to develop the most efficient energy storage solution for modern trams, keeping in mind the power restrictions for grid infrastructure in a number of cities around Europe.”
Ultracapacitors to Become Key to Smart City Transportation Systems
The delivery of the traction delivery system from Skoda Electric to Skoda Transportation for the Mannheim project is being viewed as a proof of concept that ultracapacitors will play a key role in the development of transportation systems in smart cities, not just in Germany, but across the globe.
The new system makes use of an advanced ultracapacitor management software, which aims to boost the lifespan of these modules. Taavi Madiberk, the CEO of Skeleton Technologies stated: “Škoda has an excellent track record in innovative and energy-efficient trams, and ultracapacitors are a perfect fit for the locomotive industry due to their ability to capture braking energy in seconds, their high efficiency, and their long lifetime. In 2019, we plan to make a public announcement regarding additional locomotive projects currently in the works. Projects like these show that we do not need to go to China or the U.S. for battery and ultracapacitor production. Skeleton has proven that energy storage manufacturing is alive and well in Europe, and European companies can work together to bring huge benefits to the European industry and market.”