Energy storage and in particular electrical storage of energy has become a very talked about topic in circles ranging from lay persons in regard to hybrid and battery electric vehicles to professionals and certainly by legislators and government energy policy makers. But to even professionals the distinctions between physical and chemical forms of electric energy storage are unclear and at times poorly understood, if at all. This book takes a critical look at physical storage of electricity in the devices known collectively as electrochemical capacitors and particularly as ultracapacitors. In its 12 chapters, this text covers ultracapacitor and advanced battery topics with emphasis on clear understanding of fundamental principles, models and applications. The reader will appreciate the case studies ranging from commercial to industrial to automotive applications of not only ultracapacitors but of these power dense components in combination with energy dense battery technologies.
Dr. John M. Miller is vice president of systems and applications at Maxwell Technologies, a leading manufacturer of ultracapacitors, high voltage capacitors and micro electronics. He is also founder and principal engineer of J-N-J Miller Design Services, P.L.C., where he was active as an independent consultant for hybrid vehicles, ac electric drives and energy storage systems. Dr. Miller worked for 20 years in the automotive industry prior to his retirement in 2002 during which time he lead several hybrid vehicle technology programs including 42V Integrated Starter Alternator, ISG, for application into a SUV. He has been active in collaborations at the industry and government levels including participation in the Center for Power Electronic Systems and more recently in the NSF funded systems center for Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management, FREEDM. He was actively engaged in MIT's Consortium on Advanced Automotive Electrical and Electronic Components and Systems and has served as Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at Michigan State University where he taught a graduate level course in electric machines and drives and at Texas A&M University where he lectured on hybrid electric vehicles and energy storage technologies. Dr. Miller has authored over 160 technical publications, holds 53 U.S. patents, and authored or co-authored five books. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, Member of SAE, and 2009 recipient of the IEEE Kliman Innovator award.