MAXWELL TECHNOLOGIES RECEIVES LARGEST-EVER 3 MILLION-UNIT 'D CELL' ULTRACAPACITOR ORDER FROM EUROPEAN WIND ENERGY SYSTEM MANUFACTURER
Ultracapacitors Provide Reliable, Low-Maintenance, Backup Power for Wind Turbine Blade Pitch Systems
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Maxwell Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: MXWL) announced today that a leading
European producer of wind energy systems, has placed a purchase order for 3 million BOOSTCAP® BCAP0350
E "D cell" ultracapacitors to provide backup power for wind turbine blade pitch systems.
Alain Riedo, senior vice president and general manager of Maxwell's Swiss subsidiary, Maxwell
Technologies SA, noted that the order, which is expected to be drawn down over two years, is for double the
quantity of the company's previous largest D cell order, a 1.5 million-cell order for a wind energy application in
The ultracapacitors are used for backup energy storage and power delivery in wind turbines ranging in
output up to 2.5 MW. Each of the turbines' three blades has an independent braking and pitch adjustment
mechanism incorporating a bank of from 200 to 700 BOOSTCAP cells for backup power to ensure continuous
operation in the event of a power failure.
"Strong global demand for wind energy systems is driving increased demand for ultracapacitors, and we
are pleased that one of the world's largest and most innovative wind turbine producers has selected our
BOOSTCAP products to enhance the performance and reliability of their systems," Riedo said.
Industry sources reported that approximately 11,400 MW of new wind energy generation capacity was
installed in 2005, an increase of more than 40 percent from 2004. The worldwide installed base now stands at
approximately 60,000 MW, and industry sources estimate the value of the wind energy market is expected to
exceed $130 billion over the next five years. Riedo noted that MW class installations are expected to account for
an increasing share of new capacity, and said that ultracapacitors' high reliability, robustness and long operating
lifetime have now been proven in daily operation over the past three years in wind farms around the world.
Maxwell is a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative, cost-effective energy storage and
power delivery solutions. Our BOOSTCAP® ultracapacitor cells and multi-cell modules and POWERCACHE®
backup power systems provide safe and reliable power solutions for applications in consumer and industrial
electronics, transportation and telecommunications. Our CONDIS® high-voltage grading and coupling
capacitors help to ensure the safety and reliability of electric utility infrastructure and other applications
involving transport, distribution and measurement of high-voltage electrical energy. Our radiation-mitigated
microelectronic products include power modules, memory modules and single board computers that incorporate
powerful commercial silicon for superior performance and high reliability in aerospace applications. For more
information, please visit www.maxwell.com.
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are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results
could differ materially because of factors such as:
• development and acceptance of products based on new technologies;
• demand for original equipment manufacturers' products reaching anticipated levels;
• general economic conditions in the markets served by the company's products;
• cost-effective manufacturing of new products;
• the impact of competitive products and pricing;
• risks and uncertainties involved in foreign operations, including the impact of currency
• product liability or warranty claims in excess of our reserves.
MAXWELL RECEIVES LARGEST-EVER 3 MILLION-UNIT ULTRACAPACITOR ORDER
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