Ultracapacitors for AC and Multimedia in London Cable Cars
Fast-charging ultracapacitors from San Diego’s Maxwell Technologies (NASDAQ:MXWL) are powering lighting, air ventilation, and multimedia entertainment equipment on 34 ten-passenger cable cars now carrying passengers across the River Thames in London.
The installation by Switzerland’s CWA Constructions is operated by Transport for London, and is called the “Emirates Air Line.” It connects North and South London from terminals at the Greenwich Peninsula and Royal Docks.
The roof-mounted ultracapacitor modules are charged at each end of the line.
“A battery-based system to power all of the entertainment and passenger comfort features the operator wanted for these cabins would have been much too heavy to be practical,” said CWA marketing chief Tobias Haarmann said in a release.
“Ultracapacitors,” he said, “require little or no maintenance and can be expected to last for a decade or more before needing to be replaced, making them a very cost-effective solution for the operator.”
“This is yet another example of how innovative companies such as CWA are finding new ways to take advantage of ultracapacitors’ efficiency, durability, light weight and other differentiating characteristics,” said Maxwell president and CEO David Schramm.
The Emirates Air Line cable cars can carry up to 2,500 passengers per hour in each direction. They transported an estimated 20,000 passengers daily during the London 2012 Olympic Games, says the Maxwell announcement. They constitute the UK’s first urban cable car transportation system.
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