Ultra capacitors are new on the power storage scene and still in their infancy. They are being developed and hidden from public view in secrete labs and factories.
From an environmental perspective, with the earth crying-out due to mankind’s throw away mentality and lack of real solutions to its ravenous consumption, ultra capacitors hold great promise. Ultra capacitors are thought to be an environmentally friendly power storage solution because unlike standard batteries, they can perform reliably through a million or more charge-discharge cycles. This greatly assists in the saving of our landfills from dangerous and harmful battery chemicals.
Ultra capacitors are devices that are familiar to individuals working in the engineering and electrical circles, but not generally known to the public. Movie fans will remember a kind of ultra capacitor called the Flux Capacitor from the hit Hollywood movie: “Back to the Future.” The Flux Capacitor was able to power the time traveling Delorian automobile for numerous trips through time.
While the ultra capacitor exhibits significantly larger power storage capabilities than regular capacitors, it will probably not be used to make trips to different time periods. But, as far as the smart job seekers with forward-looking eyes towards enormous employment potential are concerned, this new technology holds great promise. Job seekers should keep their eyes open as these devices evolve and to other renewable energy technology for potentially profitable and inexhaustible work opportunities. Most-likely, ultra capacitors, solar panels, wind turbines and geothermal heat pumps may become common household items in the not too distant future.
Ultra Capacitors will make possible electric cars that travel as far on a single charge as gas-powered vehicles travel on a full tank of gasoline. Another strong feature of ultra capacitors is that a recharge cycle will only take 5 to 10 minutes.
Some additional applications for ultra capacitors include laptops with 100 hours or more of operating time and solar-powered homes that provide electricity even in the night hours. Actually, the uses of ultra capacitor technology is far-reaching, with the ability to replace virtually any current battery operated device with longer lasting and faster-charging portable power capacity.
While there are still some uncertainties as to the viability or the progress of this new technology, there has been much discussion lately from investment companies, governmental groups and the power storage industry hinting that there is likely some potentially big announcement about to be made in the near future.
The U.S. Department of Energy has jumped on board the ultra capacitor bandwagon. In their recent annual budget report the DOE said that ultra capacitors show potential promise as a compliment technology in hybrid and electric vehicles. Another U.S government/private sector consortium group known as the United States Advanced Battery Consortium recently gave $3.5 million to Maxwell Technologies and other partner companies for the development of ultra capacitor technology in order to augment the power delivery and storage of hybrid vehicles. Currently, the electric car’s main limitations with conventional battery power are its short-range and long recharge times. Ultra capacitors used in these applications are expected to provide electric vehicles with ranges of 300 to 400 miles per charge and the ability to recharge the battery pack in as little as 5 minutes. A huge benefit of electric vehicles is their low operational cost; a typical electric-powered family sized car would have operational costs equivalent to a gasoline-driven vehicle getting over 120 miles per gallon.
Some recent applications of first-generation ultra capacitors in the car industry have already been implemented. A company called Continental AG, a high-tech company making drive train and safety systems for passenger and commercial vehicles has used ultra capacitors in some of their systems. This company is integrating the first-generation ultra capacitor into a stop-start system that is being used by Peugeo to increase fuel mileage. While ultra capacitors used in these units provide greater power storage and benefits as described above, they are the forerunners to the next generation systems with much more power storage capacity from companies such as EEstor.
What Ultra Capacitors and Renewable Energy Mean to the Job Market
The recent improvements in the private sector job market are encouraging, with the jobless-rate reduction allowing more people to return to work. Unfortunately, the employment market turnaround is progressing at a slower than normally rate than that noted in typical recoveries. It’s important to see that this recession is different from past ones. There was a convergence of factors working together to give us the worst recession since the Great Depression. The financial sector meltdown was only a small part of a much bigger and dysfunctional picture.
Additional reasons for this larger than life recession have to do with compounding factors such as: the highly competitive environment of globalization, jobs being outsourced to Asia at a rapid rate, increased use of computers, robotics and humanoids replacing humans. Factory jobs in general, and even service-sector jobs are increasingly in danger; many are gone forever, never returning. The handwriting is on the wall, the indicators are right in our face; our world is in a rapid mode of transition unlike any previous in our history.
The age of renewable energy and power systems will force all nations to change their destructive habit of fossil fuel usage and participate in newly available, clean and replenishing technologies. This change is so desperately needed, not only due to the fact that global climate change is at our doorsteps, but fossil fuel supplies are literally drying up around the world.
Peak Oil is a term widely accepted by oil experts as the point in time when the maximum rate of worldwide petroleum extraction is reached. The year for Peak Oil is considered by scientists to be 2020; just around the corner. After this date, the rate of worldwide oil production begins a terminal decline.
Besides ultra capacitors for storage of energy, there are many ground-breaking products and manufacturing processes focused on making renewable energy more accessible and less expensive to carry out. New technologies such as: high-efficiency thin-film solar panels made from less expensive materials that are flexible and conform to a multitude of surfaces; a single high-efficiency wind generator that can power up to 300 conventional houses; high-efficiency geothermal heat pumps with operational costs a fraction of standard heaters/air conditioner units; ocean wave and tidal generation projects that use the power of the ocean to generate power. These are only a few of the new products; there are many additional groundbreaking ideas for power generation and storage on the horizon.
Quite possibly, we may see in the not too distant future the realization that the majority of power generation will be produced directly at individual homes, offices and industrial facilities. We may see a significant increase in solar cells or wind generation devices on their roofs with the storage of reserve power using ultra capacitors for nighttime or no wind operation periods.
As time marches-on and new technology results in more affordable prices for products such as high-efficiency wind turbines, thin-film solar cells and advanced storage systems using ultra capacitors, we must consider the opportunities such technological advances have on the transition of the job market. Along with new renewable energy and ground breaking energy storage come opportunities for employment; but only for those with a keen eye towards the new technologies.
Out of work individuals seeking a new trade or profession whose former jobs have all but disappeared from the help wanted ads should take a close look at the trends and position themselves for these new high-tech energy industries and power storage technologies.