Christopher Deane has worked at FastCAP since 2010 and has been instrumental in the development of the high temperature ultracapacitor. After graduating with a mechanical engineering degree from Boston University he worked as a research and development engineer designing and testing lithium-ion renewable batteries for Duracell. Since joining FastCAP Chris has been involved with the design of the ultracapacitor as well as the ultracapacitor modules used in the oil and gas fields. He has taken the designs from the prototyping stage to a fully developed ruggedized product, currently in production.
FastCAP began work under a multimillion-dollar grant from the DOE ARPA-E to develop its novel ultracapacitor technology for electrified drivetrain vehicles. FastCAP was awarded another grant from the DOE Geothermal Technologies Program in 2011 to develop a cutting-edge power system for geothermal energy exploration.
After only two years of development under its ARPA-E program, FastCAP had broken four performance records related to the power and energy density of its cells. FastCAP has gone on to achieve an additional world record related to its work in geothermal energy system development. These breakthrough performance characteristics have laid the foundation for FastCAP's unique product solutions across the energy spectrum, from vehicles to energy exploration and consumer electronics.
FastCAP developed the first ultracap products in the world able to operate reliably for thousands of hours at 150°C. We have successfully deployed ultracapacitors downhole in a drilling well. The ultracaps were used in FastCAPs custom downhole tool that incorporates advanced power electronics to provide up to 200W of output power without the need for additional or high-rate battery packs, a feat made possible by our high reliability ultracapacitor technology. The higher power capabilities, along with flexible control software, enable the driller to achieve higher data rates, longer battery lifetime and more reliable EM reception all of which can save time, money and resources and make the difference between successful and unsuccessful MWD.
The ultracapacitors have been successful across the United States and Canada in some of the harshest temperature, shock, vibration and environments for EM technology. The capacitors can currently operate at temperatures up to 150°C and are available in a variety of form factors and temperature ranges. FastCAP can provide custom solutions (including modules) and services as well.