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Thats a pretty expensive fire. $5K per Killawhatevertheyare and 2 x PIP clones. Plus the Victron MPPT charge controller.
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Annon wrote: Two problems here:
1. Supercapacitors do not explode or burn during over-charge
2. Where are the protection circuits?
1.
Can't say I've tried over-charging given that generic supercaps costs are high.
I would have thought they explode in a ball of fire like any other cap.
More-so since they have an extremely high discharge current.

2.
Well I'm under the impression they are an active cap-cap balance.
It won't protect against cap to cap shorts.
So the short answer is NO but the long answer is YES.
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Do I hear an echo, echo, echo....
Richo wrote: Thu, 31 May 2018, 12:28 from what I understand Arvio are either in on the scam or have been duped by it - probably the latter.
Its just unfortunate that if a claim against this product is made in Australia it will be the importer, Arvio, that will suffer.
And given this has been part funded by the VIC govt we are talking Millions of $$.

This is why I mentioned that they are better off having one independently tested.
$3.5k vs $3.5M
At least they could say they made an effort to determine if the product was fraudulent.
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Perhaps Arvio could have a fire sale on both accounts...
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Richo wrote: Tue, 25 Sep 2018, 13:10 Perhaps Arvio could have a fire sale on both accounts...
Badoom-tish! :lol:
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Richo wrote: Tue, 25 Sep 2018, 13:10 Perhaps Arvio could have a fire sale on both accounts...
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This is why I mentioned that they are better off having one independently tested.
One would have thought that opening the case and seeing the bits of wood, cardboard, tape and hot melt glue might have been an itsy-bitsy clue.
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Hi All,

Have been following this thread with great interest and we have been able to get our hands on a 3.5KW unit and open it up.
The unit was supposed to be fully discharged, having run a water heater overnight. Measuring across the terminals, we found about 30V.
We are certainly not electrical minded people so if there are any tests or measurements you guys could suggest it would be appreciated.
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Mikem wrote: Wed, 26 Sep 2018, 10:10 The unit was supposed to be fully discharged, having run a water heater overnight. Measuring across the terminals, we found about 30V.
In a "capacitor" system not all of the stored energy can actually be used.
So at some point a DC/DC that keeps the output useable will shut down even though there is voltage left in the system.

It is also likely that the unit will not output power due to a low voltage shut off to simulate a "flat battery".

To complicate it further you can actually get hybrid capacitors that have a high and low voltage like a battery.
https://au.element14.com/c/passive-comp ... d=vinatech
So even when 90%+ energy is used there still is voltage.

Pulling a single cell out of the unit and doing a CC charge and discharge should show if it is a cap or battery.
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So the balance wires from each block of parallel "cap" is cable tied to it neighbour and runs off to the balance board.
Should ANY joint fail and short out anywhere - BOOM.

Not to mention the extra heat from bundling all the wires together would have to be de-rated to be safe.
Should the middle wire get too hot and melt the insulation - BOOM.

And I am definitely not keen on the soldering wires to silpins with no heatshrink or silicone.
Oh and the 2 wires on the left half way up the pic - it HAS heatshrink but doesn't actually cover the joint - classic.

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Oh and the 2 wires on the left half way up the pic - it HAS heatshrink but doesn't actually cover the joint - classic.
That's an over heat indicator. If it's been too hot the heat shrink will be tight on the wire as an indicator it has been hot at some time, charred black means it has been on fire at some time :twisted:

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Often puzzled by any balancing or monitoring wires connected to each cell but has no fuse at the source end. One wire rubbing into a wire from a different voltage cell will start the melted process that ends in a fire. We build 12v and 24v house battery systems and wouldn't consider running any cabling from the cells without a fuse rated well within the max current rating for the wire size used.
I did see one that had data cable used for cell volt sensing. A short at the output end and it burnt through the cabling all the way back to the battery before it reached the end of the insulation and was able to melt the conductor, quite a big rewiring job.

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Understandably a complete system balancer is cheaper than a per-cell module.
I can't stand all the wires personally.
I'll only have a per-cell BMS in my ev - no wires.
Costs a bit more but no chance of a wiring issue.

The black bootlaces are 1.5mm.
So 10-15A wire max.
18 wires in a bundle.
Sounds delightful.
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A couple of observations....

I don't think we can really label the capacitor as a new technology. They were invented in 1745 (!!).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitor
and a small quote "Even Early capacitors were known as condensers, a term that is still occasionally used today, particularly in high power applications, such as automotive systems. The term was first used for this purpose by Alessandro Volta in 1782, with reference to the device's ability to store a higher density of electric charge than was possible with an isolated conductor.[12][1] The term became deprecated because of the ambiguous meaning of steam condenser, with capacitor becoming the recommended term from 1926"

I found that particularly interesting as it referred to Alessandro Volta, the nice chap who the Volt is named after.

The term "supercapacitor" from my novel internet searches so far has merely been a capacitor with a much larger charge capacity.

Sorry, that was an unintended pun with "capacity", however it is an interesting part of the english language... "a persons capacity to accept new ideas" and "a capacitors capacity to accept a charge" are synonomous concepts. Anyway.. I digress...

There is also room for thought on the fact that there will always be a company that wants to blaze a path into newer uses of technology. They are the birthplace of tech startups and entrepreneurs and in Australia, our wonderful nation, we foster all kinds of leaders, and good for us that we do.
That being said... we Aussies are also a great bunch to bring the world of a tall poppy down "see... that didn't get you anywhere! go and get a job!"
By the same token, if we didn't have innovators.. the world will sail past us with their own innovators leaving us on the long catch up, with all things being equal of course.

This is an interesting youtube link to a company supplying supercapacitor product on a slightly larger scale.. with a storage of 1.5 MW... yes blink your eyes with me lol.. 1.5 million Watts of storage! (yeah, I had to replay that part of the video 4 times to make sure I heard it right lol!)
https://youtu.be/KQ2Eo6wl5r0
That went to the Isle of Eigg in Scotland to smooth out the cities brownouts. If you didn't know, the entire Isle of Eigg residents run on 90-95% renewable energy, homes get 5kW and businesses get 10kW allocations voted on by the people.
Articles on them http://www.bbc.com/future/story/2017032 ... nd-of-eigg
and http://www.isleofeigg.org/eigg-electric/

I think its very fair to say that supercapacitors are here to stay.

But more so.... would we not stand together as very proud Aussies if we had beaten all the world to have the first community on 90-95% renewable energy? And would we not be doubly proud if Aussie companies were developing products and exporting them to the world like the Skeleton company?

If you like Aussies being leaders and exporting innovation.. then when they make a mistake, should we not be saying... "C'mon mate, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, learn from the lesson and do it better tomorrow.. we know you can do it!"

I'm also thinking It's around 5 months to ANZAC day.. and those two world wars galvanised great mateship, camaraderie and steadfastness in our societies...

shouldn't we tap into that wonderful resource all year round and cheer on our fellow Aussies?

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Wow. Let's trot out the "tall poppies" drivel because some snake oil salesfolk want to make money off ignorance. Real shame the Vic government fell for that BS.
Nice touch giving us a history lesson though.
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A:- this is a EV forum not some sort of weird English / history school
B:- there NOT SUPER CAPS there FAKE
C:- what has anything you said directly got to do with the discussion so far in this thread?
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CampingNut wrote: Tue, 04 Dec 2018, 17:39 This is an interesting youtube link to a company supplying a supercapacitor product on a slightly larger scale.. with a storage of 1.5 MW...
MW is POWER - NOT storage.

Utility companies tent to provide info in terms of MW capability.
How much instantaneous power they can provide.
You could get a MW of power out of 200 caps - you could probably fit that on a car.
Great if you want an electric Veyron.

If it was MWh then that is CAPACITY.
Typically 1MWh of caps would cost $15,000,000.
To make that viable they would have to sell electricity at $5.55/kWh.
OR over 20x the current cost of electricity.

AND the penny drops why they don't have supercaps as storage for power stations...
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In comments in the SolarQuotes blog, someone called "J" commented on the before and after fire photos, claiming there was something fishy because some of the wiring and boxes on the wall were different between the two photos. But he was counting from the left and somehow failed to notice that the after shot was a wider angle and included a box that was outside the before shot, while the "box" that was second from the left in the before shot was actually a piece of plastic duct which had vaporised in the after shot.

In response, Guy Stewart posted a cool overlay of the two photos.
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That's dedication overlaying the two.
So they DO match up bar the box not in the wide shot which is not relevant to the fire.

There are a number of other things I notice now about the fire.
The power point on the right has exposed cable hammered to the wall.
So I'm thinking that their regulations are somewhat lax compared to Australia.
The wall had been rendered recently.
The fire has blasted this render off the wall - impressive.
You can see it as the white part in all the black on the wall.

And the Neutral bar was mounted directly to this wall.
The render I bet had a higher moisture content causing conduction from the busbar to somewhere unintentional.
Or perhaps is was like the skin of the Hindenburg :x

There is also a freaky white patch on the switch board yet the rest is charred.
Freaky :lol:

Pitty there wern't any more photo's or some form of proper investigation report.
Just adds to the list of is/isn't regarding this product.
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That white patch on the switchboard looks like a patch of direct sunlight coming through a hole in the roof or the opposite wall and overexposing that part of the image.
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Someone has just popped up on the South African Power Forum claiming to know about the installation that burned, and wanting to "put the record straight".

Trouble is, he appears to be delusional.

He claims:
(a) there was no over-current protection, when a blade fuse is plainly visible in the before photo, and
(b) there was no fire—only a DC arc. :lol:

He also implies that the owner is certifiably insane, by claiming that the owner has had the system redone "using exactly the same modules" (but by a better qualified installer). No evidence is provided for this.
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The whole installation was substandard anyway compared to our standards.
Perhaps the view of people are similar - they're all delusional to us but to them they have different levels of delusional.
There was no over current protection between the (black) cap -ve and ground since it was all bolted to the same moisture laden wall.

Plonkster is the supreme master - I like it. :mrgreen:

If it was an Australian install it would be a different story.
Its just a matter of time in my opinion.
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weber wrote: Tue, 18 Dec 2018, 12:58 ...hole in the roof or the opposite wall...
Well I guess that matches the rest of the quality of the structure.
So there is what like $10k of electronic stuff on a rough concrete bench and a hole in the wall.
They tripled the value of the building.
I'm guessing old school style laundry / wash house.
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Apologies upfront for necro-ing this thread, but this is the best thread I've found on the entire internet regarding these Sirius Supercapacitors.

I'm in South Africa, and there are a number of vendors (at least four, probably more) actively marketing and re-selling these so-called supercapacitors. All the evidence in this thread has me convinced this is some kind of cash-grab scam, and yet these things seem to have been in the market for a few years already now. I would've thought by now they'd have cut-and-run, leaving the customers high and dry on their warranties.

So my question is basically: has there been any further evidence and/or action against these guys in Australia, or are they still going strong there too? Has anybody definitively proven these as fakes (beyond the (what could perhaps be called circumstantial) evidence in this thread)? Is there a better thread (or blog-post or video etc.) which I can point these vendors to?

I was very nearly sucked in by the sales pitch of these units being only 50% more expensive than lithium-ion solutions, but with an (essentially) infinite lifetime, impossible to abuse, quick to charge etc. etc. If all those claims are false and these are really just LTO batteries, then this is a massive fraud which is (seemingly) still being perpetrated. One of the local South African Li-Ion (LiFeYPO4 actually) storage solution vendors' CEO (Blue Nova) made a video (linked elsewhere in this thread too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD7MXTfumJs ), but that doesn't appear to have stopped multiple vendors still reselling these things, so I'm a bit perplexed. Perhaps the information about them being fake simply hasn't spread yet (after all these years), or (somehow, despite all the evidence) they really do have some amazing supercapacitor breakthrough?? The only reason I even found this thread was because I went a-googling after my spidey-sense tingled a bit ("if it seems too good to be true, it usually isn't true"). It seems a bit hard to believe they have this incredible breakthrough supercapacitor (supposedly using graphene to create a gigantic surface area inside a tiny container, yada yada), yet two years later they're still very niche and nobody else has caught up. It's almost as though they want to stay under the radar ;) (another hallmark of a scam).
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Hi @gyrovague. I know of no other threads on this topic, in any other forums, apart from the few already linked above: Whirlpool, South African Power Forum and DIY Electric Car.

I know of no further evidence. But I also don't think any is required. The voltage versus charge curve, and the overheating on fast charge, show that these are not capacitors — as does the fact that other companies are still selling real supercaps that have 1/20th of the watthours per cubic metre at 50 times the dollars per watthour.

I don't know of any action against any Australian vendor, but I also have not seen or heard anything about these devices for the past year. Things have gone very quiet, which I take to be a good sign.

As I wrote earlier, lithium titanate cells do have many advantages over other lithium-ion cells. Those advantages just don't happen to include the claimed one million cycles to 100% DOD, or 45 year calendar life, or operation at 85 °C, or charging in 30 seconds, or zero toxicity. And much depends on whether their cathode chemistry is LMO, LCO or NMC, and whether their BMS can prevent them from venting with flame.
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