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Skeleton’s ultracaps to power Škoda trams in Germany

Škoda Transportation will deliver ultracapacitor systems for 114 trams destined for Mannheim, Heidelberg, and Ludwigshafen in Germany. Skeleton Technologies, the European market leader for ultracapacitors and energy storage systems for transportation and grid applications, won the contract to supply the ultracaps.

The ultracapacitor system recuperates trams’ braking energy and harnesses it for reacceleration, saving energy and decreasing costs. Ultracaps are ideal for this application due to their high efficiency, reliability and ability to recharge in seconds.

“We have worked together with Skeleton Technologies to develop the most efficient energy storage solution for modern trams, keeping in mind the power restrictions for grid infrastructure in a number of cities around Europe,” said Stanislav Wizur, head of strategic purchasing at Škoda Electric.

“Projects like these show that we do not need to go to China or the United States for battery and ultracapacitor production. Skeleton has proven that energy storage manufacturing is alive and well in Europe, and European companies can work together to bring huge benefits to the European industry and market,” said Skeleton Technologies CEO Taavi Madiberk.

Škoda Electric is a leading manufacturer of electric drives and traction motors for trolleybuses, tramways, locomotives, suburban train units, metro and mine cars.

Skeleton Technologies (read more) is a global leader in graphene-based ultracapacitors and energy-storage systems, delivering high power, high energy, reliable and long-life storage solutions across the industry. Since its foundation in 2009, Skeleton Technologies has raised over 51 million euros to support manufacturing scale-up in Estonai and in Germany and has grown its headcount to 115 people. According to the company, its ultracapacitors deliver twice the energy density and four times the power density offered by other manufacturers. Skeleton Technologies’ customer base ranges from leading Tier One automotive firms and industrial equipment OEMs to truck fleet operators and aerospace prime contractors.

Estonia has a diversified energy sector which comprises long-standing expertise in oil shale, a sizeable renewables sector and growing CleanTech capability. Estonia’s world-class expertise within a highly digital, pro-business environment will see Estonia play a leading role in the energy revolution. Find out more about the energy sector here.

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