East Penn Mfg. Co. of Pennsylvania USA was awarded $32.5 million in federal grants to increase product development and commercialization of CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization of Australia) combination ultra-capacitor and lead acid battery technology for hybrid electric vehicles.
The technology utilizes a electric double layer carbon capacitor combined with a lead acid battery in a single unit. Although the theory of combining lead-acid batteries with carbon ultracapacitors has been around for many years; the combination of the two in a single unit has increased reliability and performance, while limiting overall complexity.
The technology was originally licensed by CSIRO to Furakawa Electric of Japan, who in turn licensed it to East Penn Manufacturing for commercialization in the United States.
The $32.5 million came from the U.S. American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009.
Additional Resources: (1) EDLC Supercapacitors: World Markets: 2006-2010 ISBN # 1-893211-89-4 (2006). (2) Paper & Plastic FILM Capacitors: World Markets, Technologies & Opportunities: 2008-2013 ISBN # 0-929717-87-2 (2008).