This article first appeared in the Railway-News Magazine Issue 1, 2022.
In 2020, the Covid pandemic caused a decrease of about 6.4% in global carbon dioxide emissions, dropping the levels of greenhouse gas emissions to the level required to reach the Paris Agreement targets.
Unfortunately, the decline in emissions did not last long and by the end of 2020, concentrations of the major greenhouse gases continued to increase. As we start to come out of the pandemic and industry is ramping back to pre-Covid production levels, it serves as a good reminder of the scale of change necessary to stop or at least reduce the impact of climate change.
Change is almost always incremental, and it might be difficult to always be aware of how much progress we have made in a number of industries, rail included. Energy efficiency is one of the key criteria in any new rail project and the rail industry has done a significant amount of work already to reduce emissions in the European Union, with CO2 emissions dropping from 12 million metric tons in 1999 to just under 4 million metric tons of CO2 in 2019. However, with global emissions still on the rise, and the Covid pandemic’s impact seemingly and perhaps unsurprisingly not lasting, there is still a lot of work to be done.
At Skeleton Technologies, we are working with a number of light rail OEMs, supplying top of the class supercapacitor energy storage mainly for Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) and peak shaving. With our first-generation SkelMod 51V supercapacitor modules, we’ve been able to decrease energy consumption and related carbon emissions by around 30% for a number of our customers by collecting braking energy and re-using for acceleration.
With our upcoming second-generation products, powered by our patented Curved Graphene raw material, the energy savings have the potential to double. These products are already being tested by some of our long-term customers and we are getting excellent feedback on the performance of the products. We are already working on further improvements on the key issue with supercapacitors – energy density. Our third-generation energy storage technology, the SuperBattery, will reach ten times the energy density of current supercapacitors, while maintaining high power and long lifetime.
Railway-News magazine Issue 5, November 2021: Skeleton Technologies -Supercapacitors in the Rail Industry
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