Switch Boost™ 120V System

RedHawk Energy's innovative and patent-pending Switch Boost™ 120V System utilizes one or two Ultracapacitor modules to provide enhanced power for high voltage railway power switches.  The Switch Boost™ 120V System offers built-in safety & security and can be easily installed and wired in the field for quick deployment.

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Application

Railway Power Switches

Railway Power Switch

Railway Power Switch

Railway Power Switch

A railway power switch requires an AC or DC power source that can provide a high initial current to meet the the in-rush/break-away current demand of the switch or hydraulic motor. This momentary in-rush is followed by a lower level of current for a longer duration as the switch throws.

Batteries have long been used for railway power switch applications. Batteries provide an "instantaneous" and generally "reliable" source of power for operating a railway switch when called upon. However, the batteries often used in the these applications do not always provide the desired (or even expected) service life and reliability.

A relatively new device for energy storage known as an Ultracapacitor or Supercapacitor can provide significant improvements in both service life and reliability and are ideally suited for the short-time, high current nature of the load profile of a railway power switch.

Switch Boost™ 120V System

Our all-new and patent-pending Switch Boost™ 120V System utilizes one or two Ultracapacitor modules to provide enhanced power for high voltage railway power switches.  Taking advantage of the high current and exceptional cycling capability of ultracapacitors, the Switch Boost™ System has proven to dramatically improve the performance, life and reliability of railway power switches, compared to battery-only systems.  The Switch Boost™ System offers built-in safety & security and plug & play integration for rapid field deployment.  

Switch Boost 120V System- Short Duration High Power

Well suited for short duration high power demands common with railway power switches. 


- Rapid Recharge Time

Can be recharged extremely fast - from seconds to just a few minutes

By comparison lead acid batteries can take between 4 and 7 hours with a "suffcient" charging source to recharge from 10% SOC to 100% SOC. 


- Exceptional Charge Efficiency

Up to 98% efficient on charging throughout its life. 

By comparison lead acid batteries charge acceptance efficiency is typically in the 70% to 85% range and is based on the state of charge, charge rates and plate construction.  Charge efficiency also decreases as the battery ages.


- Wide Operating Temperature Range

Capable of delivering energy down to -40°C and even -50°C with minimal impact on performance and efficiency.

By comparison lead acid batteries will struggle to perform as temperatures dip below 0°C.


- Unmatched Cycle Life

Can achieve 1,000,000 cycles when operated between full rated voltage and 50% voltage at constant current which equates to approximately 10+ years of service.  End-of-life (EOL) is measurable and predictable compared to lead acid batteries.

By comparison lead acid batteries will achieve 300-1,200 cycles and are depth of discharge (DOD) dependent - the deeper discharge the shorter cycle life. 


- Integrated NEMA 1 Rated Enclosure

Electrical components are internally mounted for operator safety. 

Available in two sizes and weights:

- 25.5"W x 24"H x 12"D   (68 lbs)

- 21.5"W x 21.25"H x 10.25"D  (48.5 lbs)


- Minimal Maintenance Needs

We recommend a yearly inspection - check cabinet, clean debris/dirt and check terminal tightness and integrity. 


Configurations


Option 1: Pair w/Cabinet Style 120VDC Power System (New or Existing)

Option 2: Pair w/12V signal (or separate) Battery and 12V to 125V DC-DC Converter

In either scenario when the Switch Boost™ 120V System is paired with a battery for "charging", the Switch Boost™ can dramatically improve the performance, life and reliability of the overall system.   

Optional Accessories


Switch Boost Optional Accessories- Dual Ultracapacitor Modules in Single Enclosure
- 12V Battery & Charger Pkg (Ni-Cd or Lead Acid)
- 12V to 125V DC-DC Converter Pkg
- Spare Parts Kit

Please inquire for optional accessory availability and pricing. 


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Other Switch Boost™ Systems


In addition to our Switch Boost™ 120V System for high voltage railway switches we also offer 12V and 24V systems that are suitable for powering mainline track switches, yard switches, dark territory switches and more.  Our Switch Boost™ 12V & 24V Systems utilize Hybrid Ultracapacitor (HCAP) technology.  HCAPs can work in conjunction and/or replace traditional batteries. HCAPs offer a more reliable, cost-effective solution for 12V and 24V railway power switches, especially integrated switch-mount requirements. The hybrid technology provides a source of short duration power and energy for long duration backup.  We can provide a high level of customization (integrated cabinet, charger, battery and other accessories) to meet a variety of customer requirements.     


Switch Boost™ 12V System


Switch Boost 12V System


Our Switch Boost™ 12V System utilizes a Hybrid Ultracapacitor (HCAP) module to provide enhanced power and energy for 12V railway power switches.  Customization (integrated cabinet, charger, battery and other accessories) available. 



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Switch Boost™ 24V System


Switch Boost 24V System


Our Switch Boost™ 24V System utilizes a Hybrid Ultracapacitor (HCAP) module to provide enhanced power and energy for 24V railway power switches.  Customization (integrated cabinet, charger, battery and other accessories) available.  



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