FastCAP's Ulysses Power Systems are based on its platform technology, FastCAP Extreme Environment (EE) ultracapacitors. Unlike lithium based batteries currently used in the downhole industry, FastCAP cells are rechargeable, contain no lithium and work safely and reliably at 150C. In stark contrast to primary cells, they pose no risk of thermal runaway explosion and perform without explosion risk under extreme vibration, temperature swings, shock, torsion and breach. In this video, FastCAP cells perform under a series of simulated downhole conditions, including temperatures of 150C with extreme vibration, extreme shock, and temperature swings. The cells are also demonstrated as safe under destructive testing, such as breach, crush and internal exposure to air and water. Head to our products page by following the link below, and clicking play at the bottom of the page.
FastCAP to showcase breakthrough Ulysses Power Systems at Offshore Technology Conference 2013
Join FastCAP at booth 256 on May 6-9 at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, where FastCAP will demonstrate its four game-changing power systems in real time, and have engineers on hand to discuss their breakthrough capabilities. FastCAP will demonstrate its entire Ulysses Line of Power Systems, which includes the Ulyss Extreme Generation, Ulyss Extreme Transmission, Ulyss Extreme Efficiency, and Ulyss Extreme Power.
Founded in 1969, the Offshore Technology Conference brings together companies and individuals from all aspects of offshore energy exploration, including parties in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection. OTC is held annually at Reliant Center in Houston, and ranks among the largest 200 trade shows held annually in the United States. OTC is among the 10 largest meetings in terms of attendance, with attendance consistently exceeding 80,000, and with more than 2,500 companies participating in the exhibition. OTC includes attendees from around the globe, with more than 110 countries represented at recent conference, and is organized and operated exclusively to promote and further the advance of scientific and technical knowledge of offshore resources and environmental matters.
“OTC will be an excellent opportunity to introduce our systems to a wide audience, and demonstrate their capabilities face to face,” noted Dr. Cooley, FastCAP’s Director of Engineering. “Even with a few months to go until the show, we already have significant interest in seeing our systems from prospective customers – it’s very exciting.”
In addition to the Ulysses Power Systems demonstrations, which will be performed on a rolling basis during the conference, FastCAP will also host a number of special events from its booth. Stay tuned for a schedule and we look forward to seeing you at booth 256!
CNNMoney Features FastCAP As One of 5 ARPA-E Winners to Watch
ARPA-E program awards grants to high-risk, early-stage energy technologies that have the potential to be game changers. GigaOM senior writer and features editor, Katie Fehrenbacher, highlighted ARPA-E winner FastCAP in her article, “5 Potentially Disruptive, but “Out There,” Energy Innovations,” based on her observations from the recent ARPA-E Summit.
FastCAP Launches its Premier Product Line for Energy Exploration: The Ulysses Power Systems
FastCAP Systems has introduced a line of breakthrough products for use in oil, gas and geothermal energy exploration. First of their kind in the industry, the four power systems in the Ulysses line are based on FastCAP's record breaking Extreme Environment (EE) ultracapacitors. FastCAP EE cells are lithium free, and engineered to safely and reliably operate in harsh downhole conditions, including at temperatures up to 150°C.
FastCAP’s downhole power systems will enable the breakthrough capability of reducing or completely eliminating the use of volatile primary batteries in MWD and LWD operations, while providing additional benefits such as higher power or longer runtime. The systems will usher in a new era of safer and more predictable energy storage in the oil and gas industry. “We’ve heard stories from our customers of downhole explosions and injuries related to thermal runaway explosions, and understand that uncertainty as a real pain point in the industry,” says Dr. Signorelli, FastCAP’s CEO. “Our ultracaps are a common sense approach to help move the industry beyond these issues,” he noted.
The Ulysses Line includes four power systems, all with different capabilities. FastCAP’s UlyssEG power system (Extreme Generation), when used in conjunction with a downhole generator, allows operators to power their tools during pumps off without the need for primary batteries – an unprecedented capability. The UlyssET power system boosts the output signal of EM telemetry by more than 10X, allowing for data transmission in formations and depths not before possible. The UlyssEF power system, when used in conjunction with primary batteries to power tools enables operators to reduce reliance on lithium based primary cells, while adding benefits such as the ability to shorten the drill string, or increase runtime downhole. Finally, the UlyssEP power system serves as a power boosting work horse, eliminating the need for volatile high rate batteries for operating high powered mud pulsers and other power hungry downhole tools.
Currently, FastCAP is developing its second generation of FastCAP EE cells, engineered to safely and reliably operate at temperatures up to 250°C. These cells, which are being developed under a grant from the Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Program, will be incorporated into FastCAP’s power systems to enable smarter and more efficient drilling for geothermal energy, where temperatures encountered during drilling operations are significantly higher than in traditional oil and gas wells.
Governor Patrick Champions Massachusetts' Leadership in Clean Energy at FastCAP Systems
In front of a crowd of more than 200 industry leaders, stakeholders and public officials, with FastCAP Systems’ laboratories serving as the backdrop, Governor Patrick outlined his vision of a clean energy future for Massachusetts.
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