An approach to improve battery run-time in mobile applications with supercapacitors Conference Paper uri icon

abstract

  • In this paper an approach to improve battery run-time in mobile applications with Supercapacitors is explored. The performance of a Battery-Supercapacitor combination is analytically described using simplified equivalent circuit models. It is shown that there is an overall reduction in the internal losses and this translates into increased run-time. Three possible approaches are explored: a) Supercapacitors connected directly across the battery; b) Battery-inductor-supercapacitor connection; and c) Supercapacitor, and battery connected via a DC-DC converter. Analytical models, simulation and experimental results on a typical laptop computer are presented. These results show an increase in runtime of 4-12% is achievable. Also from these results it is shown that the use of a dc-dc converter appears to be a cost effective option, since it allows the use of reduced number of capacitors while maintaining a comparable performance.

author list (cited authors)

  • Palma, L., Enjeti, P., Howze, J. W., IEEE, .., & IEEE, ..

publication date

  • August 2003