Material handling and intralogistics are being automated at an increasing speed

Ultracapacitor energy storage for material handling and intralogisticsUltracapacitor energy storage is the perfect energy source for automated guided vehicles, shuttles, and even forklift trucks. Ultracapacitors offer:

+ Long lifetime of 10-15 years, or 130 000+ working hours
+ 24/7 operation - no need for maintenance, no need for replacements
+ Space savings in the warehouse or factory (no charging or maintenance area needed)
+ Safe even in case of a crash or accident, because ultracapacitors do not explode or burn
+ Regeneration possible and does not harm the ultracapacitor module or pack
+ Short payback time of <2 years
+ High operating efficiency in extreme temperatures from -40°C to +65°C


Automated Guided Vehicles - AGVs

Material handling automated guided vehicle AGVAutomated Guided Vehicles are often powered by batteries, which require charging at regular interviews, every 6 hours on average. A charging area is needed for the AGVs to charge, as well as maintained.

The battery packs in AGVs are directly replaceable with an ultracapacitor pack in many cases, leading to:

+ Much longer lifetime - ultracapacitor provide 10-15 years or 130 000+ hours of working time
+ Significantly decreased maintenance needs
+ Space savings in the warehouse or production facility

What also sets ultracapacitors apart is that they can be charged along the route with opportunity charging. An ultracapacitor pack only needs a couple of seconds to be fully charged.


Shuttles

Shuttles ultracapacitor energy storageShuttles are an excellent match with ultracapacitor energy storage because:

+ Shuttles can be charged in seconds in predetermined places in the warehouse
+ Ultracapacitors increase the lifetime of shuttles drastically compared to battery-powered shuttles
+ With ultracapacitors, operating in cold temperatures (-40°C) is just as efficient as operating in normal conditions
+ ultracapacitors require practically no maintenance and can operate 24/7 for 130 000+ working hours


Forklifts

Ultracapacitor energy storage for material handling and intralogistics forkliftBattery-powered forklifts require charging at regular, short intervals, which means that a charging and maintenance area is also required within the warehouse or factory where the forklifts operate.

An ultracapacitor pack can in many cases directly replace the battery pack in forklifts, leading to:

+ Longer lifetime
+ Decreased need for maintenance
+ Significant space savings in the warehouse or factory, because no maintenance or charging stations are needed

Ultracapacitors use opportunity charging, meaning that predetermined spots along the route are used for charging the ultracapacitor pack.

Skeleton Technologies' Ultracapacitor Modules for AGVs, Shuttles, and Forklifts

 

Skeleton's advantage in the material handling industry is multi-faceted, because our modules and cell packs provide:

  • CAN Bus and fault line systems
  • Customized shapes, sizes, and electronics
  • High reliability - laser-welded cells packs without a single nut or bolt
  • 20% more energy than market standard

 

We simulate the power profile needed and configure the module or cell pack to fit your application.

SkelMod 51V 177F ultracapacitor module

SkelMod 51V 177F Ultracapacitor Module

Small module – high power

  • Suitable for AGVs, forklifts, and large shuttles in some cases
  • IP65 rated
  • Lowest cooling requirements on the market
  • Can be retrofitted or integrated into new designs

  

Custom laser-welded cell pack

Customized based on your needs

  • Suitable for shuttles, and AGVs and forklifts in some cases
  • Voltage, power, size, shape, communications, temperature sensors, etc., according to your needs
  • Laser-welded – high reliability
  • Can be retrofitted or integrated into new designs

 

Skeleton Technologies laser welded ultracapacitor cell pack
Five levels of customization
Skeleton Technologies custom ultracapacitor module

Custom module

Customized based on your needs

  • Suitable for shuttles, and AVGs and forklifts in some cases
  • Voltage, power, size, shape, communications, temperature sensors, etc., according to your needs
  • Laser-welded - high reliability
  • Can be retrofitted or integrated into new designs

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Products used in heavy transportation
Industrial Cells Modules 

Why Skeleton’s ultracapacitors are ideal for this market

Heavy transportation requires high power.

Large vehicles and buses benefit from the added power density that ultracapacitors can provide.

Operate in cold temperatures.

Ultracapacitors only lose about 5% energy at minus 25 degrees centigrade, compared to a battery’s energy loss of more than 50%. Our ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module can comfortably operate at -40 ºC.

Reduced environmental impact.

In addition to not containing any harmful chemicals, ultracapacitor-based modules can help significantly reduce CO2 emissions in transportation.