Maxwell Technologies

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Maxwell Technologies
Industry Energy storage
Founded 1965
Headquarters 3888 Calle Fortunada,
San Diego, CA 92123, United States
Key people
Franz Fink, President and CEO
Products Ultracapacitors
High-voltage capacitors
Engine Start Module (ESM)
Backup power systems
Power modules
Memory modules
Single-board computers
Number of employees
Slogan Enabling Energy's Future

Maxwell Technologies is an American developer and manufacturer headquartered in San Diego, California. The company focuses on developing and manufacturing energy storage and power delivery solution-related products for automotive, heavy transportation, renewable energy, backup power, wireless communications and industrial and consumer electronics applications as well as for radiation-hardened microelectronic components and systems for satellites and spacecraft.[1]


The company was founded in 1965 as Maxwell Laboratories Inc. by Raymond C. O'Rourke, Alan Kolb, Bruce Hayworth,and Terrence C. Gooding in San Diego, California. Maxwell Laboratories was originally a government contractor, providing advanced physics, pulsed power, space effects analysis and other research and development services to the U.S. military and other government agencies. The company began converting its focus to commercial applications for its technologies and products in the early 1990s, and now generates all of its revenue from commercial sources.[2] In 1996, Maxwell Laboratories, Inc. changed its name to Maxwell Technologies, Inc.[3] The company's strategy is to commercialize ultracapacitors, high voltage capacitors and microelectronic components and systems in selected markets.


Maxwell Energy Products, a division that included the Maxwell High Voltage Capacitor product line, was acquired in March 2000 by General Atomics, eventually merging into General Atomics Electronic Systems, Inc. in 2003.[4][5]

In 2007, Maxwell Technologies won $3 million contract from Astrium Satellites to supply computers for European Space Agency’s ‘Gaia’ Astronomy mission. Maxwell supplied seven Maxwell SCS750 SBCs to process images and data gathered by the two-ton satellite’s camera, which will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the duration of the five-year mission named ‘Gaia’.[6] The satellite was launched on December 19, 2013.[7]


In November 2013, Maxwell Technologies opens manufacturing facility in Peoria, Arizona.[8]

In December 2013, Maxwell Technologies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with SK Innovation to develop the next generation energy storage solution with Maxwell’s ultracapacitors and SK’s lithium-ion batteries.[9]

Main Products[edit]

Maxwell Ultracapacitors


Ultracapacitors, formerly known as Maxwell's BOOSTCAP's supercapacitors, store and discharge energy very quickly and are being used in thousands of different applications and considered in a host of future applications (i.e. hybrid buses, semi-trucks, hybrid and electric cars, electric trains, aircraft, grid energy storage, backup power systems). Ultracapacitors complement a primary energy source like a fuel cell or battery, which cannot repeatedly provide quick burst of power.[10]

List of Maxwell Technologies' ultracapacitors products:

High Voltage[edit]

CONDIS® high-voltage capacitors are used for electric utility infrastructure, such as in switchgear for voltage distribution uniformity and increase the breaking power, in capacitor voltage transformers (CVTs) for precise voltage measurement and in laboratory applications. Maxwell Technologies develops, designs and testing high-voltage capacitor products at the products development and production center in Rossens, Switzerland.[11]

List of Maxwell Technologies' High Voltage Capacitor products:


Microelectronics provides space and military applications high reliability in radiation-intense environments.

  • The RAD-PAK® products incorporated radiation shielding in a microcircuit package and are being used by over 100 space programs.[12]
  • The Latchup Protection Technology™ product provides protection for Integrated Circuit (IC) from the effects of a single even latchup by the following methods: limits SEL current, prevents burnout and/or catastrophic failure, protects inputs/outputs that can be damaged during an SEL, provides automatic shutdown of the IC power supply, and provides automatic power supply "re-application" after shutdown.[13]

List of Maxwell Technologies' Microelectronic products:

Facilities and Employees[edit]

Maxwell Technologies is headquartered in San Diego, CA and principal operations are currently located in both San Diego, CA and Peoria, AZ. The company also has European bases of operations in Rossens, Switzerland and München, Germany and Asia base of operation in Shanghai, China and Seoul, Korea.

At present, the company employs approximately 400 people worldwide.



  1. ^ [1]“About Maxwell Technologies” website, accessed 5 February 2014
  2. ^ [2] “Dr. Alan C. Kolb, 77; co-founded Maxwell Labs in San Diego” U-T San Diego, accessed 5 February 2014
  3. ^ [3]“Business Summary”, Yahoo Finance – Maxwell Technologies (MXWL), accessed 5 February 2014
  4. ^ [4] "Maxwell Capacitors web site, accessed 2 February 2010"
  5. ^ [5] "About General Atomics Electronic Systems, accessed 2 February 2010"
  6. ^ [6] “Maxwell Technologies Wins $3 Million Contract From Astrium Satellites to Supply Computers for European Space Agency's 'Gaia' Astronomy Mission”
  7. ^ [7]“Maxwell Technologies Space Computers Provide Processing Power For European Space Agency Astronomy Mission To Map The Milky Way Galaxy”, SF Business Times, accessed 6 February 2014
  8. ^ [8]“Maxwell Technologies creating $26M facility in Peoria”, Phoenix Business Journal, accessed 6 February 2014
  9. ^ [9]“Maxwell and SK to Jointly Develop Ultracap/Battery Combo”, Charged Electric Vehicle Magazine, accessed 6 February 2014
  10. ^ [10] "Ultracapacitors Overview", Maxwell Technologies website, accessed 14 August 2013
  11. ^ [11] "High Voltage Overview", Maxwell Technologies website, accessed 6 February 2014
  12. ^ [12] RAD-PACK, Maxwell Technologies' website, accessed 14 August 2013
  13. ^ [13]"Latchup Protection Technology (LPT) Overview", Maxwell Technologies website, accessed on 6 February 2014

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