, Ph.D ’03, Michael Maughan
, MSME ’07 and Eric Broncheau
, BSME ’09 are members of the team at IVUS Energy Innovations, Alexander’s company based in Moscow which investigates the capabilities of ultracapasitors. The company grew out of Alexander’s doctoral research on possible uses for ultracapasitors, an energy storage system differing from traditional batteries in that it can be recharged almost instantly and up to 50,000 times.
The first application is an ultracapacitor flashlight, targeted to the law enforcement profession. To date, after patenting the charging system and negotiating an exclusive deal with a company that supplies gear to public safety professions, 25,000 lights have been preordered, and rave reviews are pouring in—all of them stating that the product is well worth the $170 cost, especially considering new batteries never need to be purchased.
For more on this product, and other University of Idaho-related inventions, see “University of Idaho’s Inventions Meet Real-world Needs and Fuel the Economy” by Corinna Nicolaou in the Fall ’10 issue of Here We Have Idaho