CBC design Center

Capacitech Energy’s Cable-Based Capacitor (CBC) technology is a new design component that has never been seen before in the industry. It is enabling innovation, progress, and never before seen value in a wide variety of industries.

The CBC adds value in three major ways, which will be discussed at length below:

1. Batteries

Batteries are not good at responding quickly to changes in a load. The CBC will protect the battery from these fluctuations which will improve performance and extend the battery’s operating life.

2. Electronics

Capacitors are too large! They are either too tall or use too much surface area on the PCB. The CBC requires very little surface area and can be bent to fit the case/enclosure. Use the CBC to meet design goals.

3. LogistiCS

On average, lead times for capacitors range between 10-20 weeks. Sometimes it can be close to a year! The CBC can be customized to meet performances, reducing lead times and inventory costs.

 
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next generation backup power

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Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Systems are critically important to successful IT, telecommunications, and computing operations. UPS technologies have come a long way in terms of electrical design, but a majority of UPS Systems still use a battery to store energy. Batteries are problematic in these systems though.

Batteries are great as an energy source (near constant power for a long time), but are not designed to deliver power (a larger than normal and short burst of energy). When they are used to deliver power, they are significantly damaged; something to keep in mind as batteries have a fixed cycle life and have a declining capacity with every use. 92% of all UPS battery activity lasts less than a second. 92% of UPS battery activities is to deliver power, not energy.

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UPS Batteries in a Data center

In comparison, the CBC is designed to deliver power rather than energy. Connecting the CBC in parallel with the batteries provides the best of both worlds: high power and long lasting energy storage. The added advantage is that the CBC would be complementing the batteries, leading to less frequent replacements while significantly reducing the cost of ownership. The CBC is also a distributed energy storage device, helping to make the storage local to the load.


The CBC Enables Cable-Based Backup Power

For most cases, complementing the UPS with a CBC is the best course of action to reduce the cost of ownership increasing your margins. The CBC can be used in more creative ways never considered before. For example, the CBC itself is an energy storage component that can act as a Cable-Based Backup Power System! We are excited about this in three areas specifically:

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Gaming & Telecom

Telecom equipment in homes, offices, and in IT/telecom infrastructure are often powered by a DC voltage source. The CBC can be added to the DC power cord to protect the equipment during power flickers This way, you won’t have to wait for your cable box and Wi-Fi to reboot during a short outage from a thunder storm or utility maintenance, nor will you worry about losing your game progress!

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Servers

UPS System’s most common load that it backs up is an array of servers. Often times, a UPS will be placed in a rack full of servers. Capacitech wants to take backup power one step further and embed the CBC in the 3.3V, 5V, and 12V voltage lines that are inside the server providing hyper-local energy storage, another layer of redundancy, and would result in an improved power quality in the server!

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Remote Sensing

There is another flaw with using battery based UPS systems. They are often times too large for some loads. This is the case for POE security cameras and remote sensing applications. The CBC is thin and flexible, offering discrete, distributed, and local energy storage to POE cameras and a wide variety of IoT sensors. The CBC is low maintenance and it’s long life makes it ideal for these kind of remote loads.

the CBC in Solar Power

The current average US solar power installation is between $20,000 and $30,000. The battery for the system costs between $500 and $2,000. During installation, it seems insignificant compared to the panels. However, the battery will need to be replaced several times over the next twenty years. On average, it will be replaced 4 times in 20 years, which is an additional $2,000 to $8,000 that may not have been considered in the initial return on investment calculations.

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Each time a cloud floats over the panels, there is a fluctuation that causes the battery to be used. The same is true when the air conditioning, washer machine, refrigerator, etc… turns on. Large loads like that need a short rush of current, which is very damaging to the battery. We propose to connect the CBC in parallel with the positive voltage and ground wires between each stage of the solar power system. The CBC adds value by complementing the battery, improving performance, and saving money.

Batteries are great as an energy source (near constant power for a long time), but are not designed to deliver power (a larger than normal and short burst of energy). When they are used to deliver power, they are significantly damaged; something to keep in mind as batteries have a fixed cycle life and have a declining capacity with every use.

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The CBC in Racing

Add the CBC - improve performance - win races

The CBC can be built into the infrastructure of your vehicle and adds a lot of acceleration and agility.

Batteries are really bad at delivering a burst of power suddenly. It is almost like a governor to your racing EV because there is only so much power a battery provides. The CBC, on the other hand, is designed to deliver a lot of power really quickly. This will help your EV accelerate more than you ever thought possible as the CBC delivers more power to your motors than a battery ever could. Using the CBC in parallel with your motor will help help your battery last 15-35% longer and accelerate 1.5x to 5x faster.

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DRONES

 
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ELECTRIC VEHICLES

The CBC is basically an electric turbocharger... But, instead of forcing more air into a combustion engine, the CBC provides a burst of current to the electric motors when it needs it! I think that is awesome.
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RC CARS

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BOATS

There are applications for the CBC for traditional racing that uses internal combustion engines. The CBC is designed to deliver quick bursts of power, which is perfect for cranking power to large loads often found in cars, trucks, boats, and tractors. Use the CBC to meet your cranking power needs in cold weather, or use the CBC to select a smaller, more affordable, light weight battery that would not normally meet your needs, but gets the job done with the help of the CBC!

The CBC is a better capacitor

Improve your electronics design with the CBC… Crush goals, innovate, and challenge your industry.

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Electronic miniaturization is a common goal among designers, but it is becoming very hard to accomplish for designs that require large capacitors. The CBC requires very little real estate on the PCB, does not need its leads placed next to one another, and can be bent around corners or folded into a low profile case!

The CBC can be customized too, which significantly reduces lead times and inventory costs reducing cash flow gaps, improving job/quote accuracy, and manufacturing scheduling processes.


ACCOMPLISH YOUR DESIGN GOALS WITH THE CBC

Miniaturization

The CBC can be designed to replace capacitors that are taking up too much space on the PCB, which may reduce size by 33%. To replace capacitors seen on the input or output, the CBC can be embedded inside the input or output wires significantly reducing the size of the circuit.

Innovation & PERFORMANCE

You can use the space saved on the circuit board to add new functionality to your design. The CBC is thin & flexible. Use this to fit your design in a smaller case, store energy closer to remote loads, or coil the CBC around the circuit board to offer more capacitance to improve performance.

Affordability

The CBC’s customization helps distributors keep inventory costs low and lead times short to help you avoid cash flow gaps. In some situations, the CBC can replace many capacitors with a single wire, reducing the number of components ordered, managed, and placed.


These are some of the industries that are about to experience the full innovation of the CBC

Improved electronics distribution

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Distributors can Respond instantaneously to changes in demand with our customizable CBC!

With the CBC, distributors do not need to worry about predicting demand for the component. The CBC is a single spool of wire that can be cut at different lengths, resulting in hundreds of different performances.

We sell you a spool of CBC wire to customize based on orders. Markings on the wire make it easy to customize; just cut and strip. The CBC significantly simplifies ordering and helps you offer the lowest lead times on the market. 

CBC Video Demonstrations  

CBC Provides Backup Power

In this demonstration, Capacitech Energy LLC uses our CBC technology to provide backup power to a personal AC unit. The CBC's were able to power the fan for ~30 seconds after the fan was unplugged from the wall! The fan draws an average of 1 watt.

CBCs Power Electric Motor

Capacitech Energy, LLC charged 10cm long CBC devices connected in series for 1 minute using a DC source providing constant voltage. The CBC was then discharged in a standard DC electric motor rated to 9V. As shown in the video, the CBC was able to provide about 1 minute of power to the load proving it is a capacitor by nature in the form of a cable.

Technical Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Can the CBC be a surface mount device?

A: No. It can be soldered onto a surface mount pad if needed. There is not room in the budget at this time to develop robotics that would be needed to make the CBC a surface mount device. The CBC is designed to replace capacitors with a large capacitance value which are typically large in size, through-hole, and often still installed by hand. The CBC is intended, at this point, to replace capacitors in the uF and mF range. Surface mount compatible capacitors are often in pF range which would be too small for the CBC.

 

Q: Why can’t you sell the CBC directly to end users? Why sell to electronic distributors?

A: End users typically buy long lists of bill of materials (BOMs). Purchasing managers prefer to be able to buy the required components from the same single source distributor. This is a tactic to simplify logistics. Mouser & DigiKey are very popular for our target market of small and medium size OEMs.

 

Q: How many capacitors can you replace in respect to the market? What fraction can you cover?

A: The CBC is currently rated for 3.2V and 40mF per cm. This size capacitor would be compatible to replace and add advantages to approximately 1/8 of the capacitors on market. At this stage, it is a niche market, however many industry experts have urged us to launch this product to get it out there and generate revenue while developing a CBC rated to 50V which would be capable of replacing about 1/3 market. In the pF range, the resolution of capacitors is higher (i.e 1pF, 2 pF, 3 pF, etc…) whereas the uF and mF range the resolution is lower (i.e 10uF, 100uF, 320uF, 680uF, 820uF, etc…) 

 

Lets Work Together

Capacitech Energy can help you design the future. Our technical team’s expertise includes energy storage, material science, nanotechnology, engineering, and manufacturing.

Working along side our technical team is our experienced commercialization and project management team.

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