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The Silicon Review Asia

Creating the Best Energy Storage and Power Delivery Solutions: Maxwell Technologies

The Silicon Review
April, 2019

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Enabling Energy’s Future

For over 50 years, the company’s world-class research and product development teams have established Maxwell Technologies as a global leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing energy storage and power delivery solutions for automotive, heavy transportation, renewable energy, backup power, wireless communications and industrial and consumer electronics applications. Maxwell products are designed and built to provide performance for the life of the most demanding applications.

As a market leader and innovator, Maxwell Technologies is committed to providing cost-effective, energy-efficient, environmentally-conscious energy storage and power delivery solutions that extend the limits of current conventions. The firm’s success is built on providing unmatched total solutions to its customers – solutions that deliver superior performance, reliability and value, backed by extraordinary application engineering and field support.

Maxwell's global organization, deep experience and a proven track record spanning over five decades give customers the confidence that comes with dealing with an acknowledged leader in each of the markets it serves with the following lines of high-reliability products:

The Products Furnished by the Company

Ultracapacitors

Maxwell's primary focus is on ultracapacitors, energy storage devices that are characterized by high power density, long operational life, the ability to charge and discharge very rapidly, and reliable performance at a wide range of temperatures. Maxwell ultracapacitor products provide energy storage and power delivery solutions for applications in many industries, including automotive, heavy transportation, renewable energy, backup power, wireless communications and consumer and industrial electronics.

Dry Battery Electrode Technology

Maxwell's dry electrode technology has the potential to be a revolutionary technology within the battery industry with a substantial market opportunity, particularly for use in electric vehicles. By applying proprietary and fundamental dry electrode manufacturing technology to batteries of varying chemistries, Maxwell can create significant performance and cost benefits when compared with today's state-of-the-art wet electrode technology.

Technology Leadership

Maxwell Technologies is a pioneering global leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing ultracapacitors, with millions of units now performing reliably around the clock worldwide. Ultracapacitors are energy storage and power delivery devices that enable design engineers to create systems which optimize energy efficiency. Maxwell ultracapacitors are known for their superior power performance, their extraordinary reliability and remarkably long cycle and calendar lives. The company has developed and produced power products since 1965 and has continually invested a significant portion of its spending in research and product development, which today translates into solutions that meet the stringent requirements of a broad range of electrical energy applications. Maxwell's investments in research and development are protected by issued U.S. patents. The company’s main focus is to continue to invent and protect proprietary technology enables its continued market leadership.

A critical element of Maxwell ultracapacitors' industry-leading cost position and unparalleled longevity and performance lies in its proprietary energy storage electrode technology. A combination of materials science and electrode formulation, along with a simple industrialized fabrication process, makes the Maxwell ultracapacitor electrode one of a kind in the energy storage world. Through the unique, environmentally compatible, solvent-free process, a high-purity activated carbon custom formulation is formed into carbon film and laminated onto aluminium foil substrate to produce super-capacitive, double-layer electrode material. Wound or folded electrode and separator material are then sealed in a robust, hermetically sealed package and impregnated with a high-performance electrolyte. The resulting ultracapacitors are extremely durable, low maintenance products which are in a variety of form factors and capacitance ratings to meet the needs of applications ranging from small commercial devices to heavy industrial examples such as hybrid transit buses, wind turbines and more.

Meet the Leader of the Firm

Dr. Franz J. Fink | President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr Franz J. Fink joined Maxwell as president and chief executive officer in May 2014. Immediately prior to joining Maxwell, Dr Fink was an independent business consultant, assisting companies in the industrial and automotive markets with business optimization and growth initiatives. From 2006 to 2012, he was president and chief executive officer of Gennum Corp., a leading supplier of high-speed analog and mixed-signal semiconductors for the optical communications, networking and video broadcast markets that was listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange before being acquired by Semtech Corp. in March 2012. From 2003 to 2006, he was senior vice president and general manager of the Wireless and Mobile Systems Group of Austin, Texas-based Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. From 1991 through 2003, he held a series of senior management positions in the Semiconductor Products Sector of Motorola Corp. in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. From 2012 to 2014 he served as a director and was a member of the Governance Committee of Pason Systems Corp. He holds a doctorate in natural sciences from the Department of Computer-aided Design and a master’s degree in computer science and electrical engineering from the Technical University of Munich, Germany.

“Our goal is to build long-term customer relationships by listening, understanding customer-specific requirements and exceeding expectations for value and performance.”

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