A Simple Method to Increase the Reliability of Generator Starting Systems

HCapLa Marche provides increased reliability for engine starting systems with the HCap Hybrid Supercapacitor. The supercapacitor is a device designed to provide bursts of power for applications requiring high power functions, such as engine starting.

Supercapacitors, when used in emergency generator applications, are installed alongside conventional batteries. Should there be a failure of the conventional batteries, the supercapacitors quickly take over to provide DC power to the engine’s starting system.

In a Generator Starting Solution, supercapacitors are tied to a new or existing battery bank via La Marche’s Automatic Redundant Battery Selector (ARBS). The ARBS is designed with high-powered diodes to select the higher voltage available between two isolated DC power sources (ie: between a battery bank and a supercapacitor module).

The supercapacitor is charged via La Marche’s Ultra Series Charger (USC), which is a high-frequency switch mode charger specifically developed for supercapacitors used in engine-starting applications.

Here are some highlights for the supercapacitor module:

  • Electrolytic Double Layer Capacitance (EDLC) combined with Lithium Ion for engine start demands as well as long-duration power backup.
  • Ratings available for 200, 600 and 900 cranking amps.
  • Storage capacities: 10Ah, 17Ah, or 25Ah.
  • Increased reliability for mission-critical generators.
  • a 5-year warranty when used with the Ultra Series Charger.
  • No acid, no electrolyte maintenance.
  • Wider operating temperature range (when compared to batteries).
  • Less than half the weight of comparable batteries.
  • Fully-compliant with NFPA-110 requirements.

For more information, see the complete Product Data Sheet, or contact our office for product selection and pricing.

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