ULTRACAPs in AGV / AGS applications

Applications | Rainer Hake | reading time: 2 minutes

Warehouse logistics and automated guided vehicles

AGVs - Automated Guided Vehicles - have become indis­pen­sable for internal logistics in industry. The self-propelled units transport entire vehicles from one work station to the next, e.g. in manu­facturing in the auto­motive industry; in ware­houses, goods are loaded or un­loaded on shuttles. Through well-planned processes, the vehicles - or more precisely the ULTRACAP storage units - are recharged at defined stations in very short times. Long down­times for battery changes or recharging are elimi­nated and thus con­tinuous production operation is guaranteed.

Intelligent recuperation, an important energy-saving factor

In stacker cranes, they recuperate the energy that is used and recovered by the constant lifting movements. This contri­butes to energy saving. For many years this was an incidental effect of the use of ULTRACAP, but today it is gaining enormous importance again.

With the possibility of 24-hour operation, these robotic vehicles are the ideal addition to today's manu­facturing plants and warehouses.

Ultracap application in warehouse logistics AGVs

Operation of ultracaps in the cold store
CAPCOMP project

The first application of this kind that we planned many years ago was a warehouse shuttle for cold stores, as electro­chemical batteries could not tolerate the low tempera­tures and the cable drags used up to now wore out quickly.

The high cycle stability of up to 1 million charges and dis­charges also ensures a long service life. The 48V/165F modules have proven to be the ideal solution for this appli­cation and are considered the standard. CAPCOMP carries these modules as a preferred product and they are therefore readily available.

Even in automated car parks, transport shuttles are already being used to park cars auto­matically and then hand them back to the customer on request. This concept is based on the principle of computer-controlled chaotic storage.

Together with our partners and our customers, we design the optimal layout of the energy storage systems, the charging points and the driving course for the respective appli­cations. We advise our customers on the energy-efficient use of ULTRACAP and support them in the further electrifi­cation and digitali­sation of logistics processes.


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Why are components like ultracaps called different names?

The variety of terms is explained by the English-language terms commonly used in the electronics industry, which are often mixed with German terms or used synonymously. In some cases, manufacturers have also introduced artificial terms to better distinguish themselves from competitors. Here are the most important examples:

Double layer capacitors (DSK) are referred to synonymously as:

  • EDLC (Electric Double Layer Capacitor)
  • Supercapacitors = Supercaps
  • Ultracapacitors = Ultracaps
  • Goldcap™ [Panasonic]
  • Boostcap™  [Maxwell]
  • Greencap™  [Samwha]
  • PURIXEL™  [Pureechem] for supercap cells
  • PURETRON™  [Pureechem] for supercap modules

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