Posted by Jussi Pikkarainen on - 22 December 2017
Christmas - a time when you have the chance to think of the environment and save energy. In addition to enjoying the company of your loved ones and maybe a few gifts, of course.
Posted by Jussi Pikkarainen on - 15 December 2017
Trucks are tough, and truckers even tougher, but winters in the north can be rough. Icy roads and bad tires are a dangerous combination, as are freezing cold weather and old batteries - there are a number of things that can go wrong in the dead of winter. Waking up to a truck that doesn't start is a bad feeling, but one that you don't have to put up with.
Posted by Jussi Pikkarainen on - 30 October 2017
Our dependence on fossil fuels is diminishing, but there's still a long way to go to carbon-free energy production and transportation. Renewable energy is replacing coal, natural gas, and even nuclear, but needs energy storage to provide a cost-effective alternative to cheap coal and gas.
Posted by Jussi Pikkarainen on - 15 August 2017
With a career spanning close to three decades, Michael Liedtke, Skeleton Technologies' new Senior VP of Business Development, has seen it all. Armed with a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe in Germany, Michael set upon a path that took him to the giants of three major industries: Daimler-Benz and BMW Designworks...
Posted by Jussi Pikkarainen on - 28 November 2016
The temperature in which an ultracapacitor or a battery is used has a big influence on how long its charge lasts. Many of us living in cold climates are familiar with starting problems with our car engines when the temperature plummets below -15°C. Especially older batteries have problems operating at colder temperatures, and at times, that results in...
Posted by Jussi Pikkarainen on - 22 November 2016
Ultracapacitors have significantly longer lifetimes than batteries, but why is that? As we've established before, ultracapacitors store energy in an electric field, whereas batteries rely on a chemical reaction. Being free of chemical reactions means that ultracapacitors, or supercapacitors, can survive over a million charge-discharge cycles. For...
Posted by Jussi Pikkarainen on - 31 October 2016
The first truly successful hybrid car was the Toyota Prius. Launched first in 1997 for the Japanese market only and introduced globally in 2000, the Prius has gone on to sell 5.7 million units. Since then, a number of successful electric and hybrid cars have entered the market, with the Tesla Model S, the Nissan Leaf, and the BMW i3 leading the charge on...
Posted by Jussi Pikkarainen on - 28 July 2016
Some people see motorsports as a frivolous waste of fuel and money, while others recognize the value in pushing the envelope to see just how fast or efficient a motor vehicle can become. Technological advances (e.g., rearview mirrors, disc brakes, the aerodynamics of modern cars) are often discovered first on the racetrack, with the best ideas trickling...
Posted by Jussi Pikkarainen on - 26 July 2016
In the last installment of our Skeleton Management Profiles blog series we talk to Renee Joost, the Chief Technical Officer at Skeleton Technologies. Dr. Joost has experience working on multi-million euro projects and is now spearheading the development of the next generation of ultracapacitor-based energy storage.