How Can a Supercapacitor Benefit Environmental Sustainability?


We are thrilled to announce that Premio’s ECO-1000 Supercapacitor has won the 2024 Computex Best Choice Award in the Sustainable Tech Special Award category. This accolade highlights our commitment to innovation and sustainability, marking a significant milestone in energy storage solutions.




What is the COMPUTEX Best Choice Award? 

The Best Choice Award serves as a reliable purchasing guide for COMPUTEX visitors since its debut in 2002. The BC Award helps overseas buyers find the most outstanding ICT products in a one-stop platform while honoring the innovations found in the winning products as well as helping participants expand their reach to the international market. 

What is the COMPUTEX 2024 Sustainable Tech Special Award? 

Recent trends in the ICT industry have shown the importance of sustainability as companies across various verticals aim to reduce their carbon emission. In response to this transition, the Best Choice Award (BC Award) will highlight the Sustainable Tech Special Award to encourage more manufacturers and participants to develop more sustainability-related products that meet the needs of their customers. 

Starting in 2023, the Sustainable Tech Special Award has seen an increase in participation as more exhibitors applied for the award. This also shows how manufacturers see the importance of business opportunities presented by sustainability in the ICT industry. The general requirements for the Sustainable Tech Special Award include high energy efficiency, utilizing recycled materials, easy-to-disassemble design, and more. 

What are Sustainable Products?  

Sustainable products are goods that benefit society, the environment, and the economy throughout their entire lifecycle. From raw material extraction to final disposal, these products safeguard human health and the environment while providing environmental, social, and economic benefits (Source: Wikipedia). 

To define if a product is sustainable, we can evaluate it based on several factors across different aspects covering environmental, economic, and social dimensions. Below is a chart summarizing the key sustainability metrics for evaluating a product:  

Metric  Description 
Material Composition  Use of eco-friendly, non-toxic materials that are safe for the environment. 
Energy Efficiency  The amount of energy consumed during product operation compared to traditional alternatives. 
Lifespan and Durability  The product's operational lifespan and resistance to wear and tear. 
Recyclability  The ease with which the product or its components can be recycled at the end of its life. 
Carbon Footprint  Total greenhouse gas emissions associated with the product's lifecycle. 
Resource Efficiency  Efficiency in the use of raw materials during manufacturing and operation. 
Waste Production  The amount of waste generated during the product’s lifecycle, including manufacturing, use, and disposal. 
Safety and Stability  Safety of the product in various conditions and its stability in performance. 
Compliance with Standards  Adherence to international environmental and safety standards and certifications. 
Environmental Impact  Overall impact on ecosystems, including pollution and habitat disruption. 


Why are Sustainable Power Solutions important? 

The global renewable energy market was valued at USD 1.39 trillion in 2024 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.2%, reaching USD 3.60 trillion by 2030 (Source: Grand View Research). Sustainable power solutions are increasingly vital for several key reasons 

Climate Change Mitigation 

Sustainable power solutions are essential for addressing climate change, one of the most pressing global challenges. By significantly lowering greenhouse gas emissions, they play a crucial role in global efforts to limit temperature rise. 

The adoption of sustainable power solutions is expected to contribute to limiting global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, with efforts to limit the increase to 1.5 degrees as outlined in the Paris Agreement (Source: Grand View Research). 

Environmental Protection

Sustainable power solutions, such as renewable energy systems and advanced energy storage technologies, significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants compared to traditional fossil fuels. This helps mitigate climate change and reduces air and water pollution, directly benefiting the environment and human health.  

Economic Benefits

The economic advantages of sustainable power solutions extend beyond job creation and industry growth. They also help to save money in various ways 

  • Cost Savings on Waste Management: Sustainable power solutions, such as supercapacitor UPS, eliminate the need for frequent battery replacements, reducing electronic waste and associated disposal costs. 
  • Energy Efficiency: Sustainable power solutions can enhance operational efficiency and reduce energy consumption for businesses by providing reliable and efficient power management. 
  • Health Cost Savings: Reduced pollution from cleaner power sources lowers the incidence of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, thus decreasing health costs. 

Energy Security 

  • Local Energy Production: Implementing power solutions like supercapacitor UPS enables more localized power generation and storage, reducing the dependence on external fuel supplies, and increasing resilience to supply chain disruptions. 

Sustainability and Resource Conservation 

Sustainable power solutions ensure long-term energy availability without depleting natural resources. Supercapacitors are more durable and require fewer raw materials over their lifespan compared to traditional batteries. This reduces the strain on mining and manufacturing resources.


Key Benefits & Environmental Advantages of Supercapacitors over Battery-Based UPS Systems

  ECO-1000 Supercapacitor  Battery-Based UPS Systems 
Charging speed  Charges in 1-5 mins  Charges in hours 
Lifespan  More than 10 years, up to 500,000 charge-discharge cycles  3-6 years, 500-1000 charge-discharge cycles 
Temperature Range Operates between -40°C to 85°C  Operates between -20°C to 60°C 
Material Safety  No hazardous materials, easier to recycle, and minimal environmental pollution  Contains hazardous materials like lead, cadmium, and nickel 
Energy Efficiency  Minimal energy waste, lowers overall carbon footprint  Higher energy waste and carbon footprint 
Durability  Robust, designed for harsh industrial environments, withstands high shock and vibration  Less durable, sensitive to environmental conditions 
Instantaneous Power Supply  Provides immediate energy delivery  Slower response times 
Modularity  Easily scalable to fit specific application needs  Limited scalability 
Environmental Impact  Reduced environmental pollution due to safer materials and longer lifespan  Higher environmental pollution due to frequent replacements and toxic materials 
Operational Efficiency  Lower long-term maintenance costs  Higher long-term maintenance costs due to frequent replacements 

 3Rs of ECO-1000 vs. Battery-Based UPS System

  ECO-1000 Supercapacitor Battery-based UPS
Recycle Made from materials that are less harmful to the environment. Supercapacitors do not contain heavy metals like many batteries, making them easier and safer to recycle. Recycling is more complex due to the presence of toxic substances such as lead or lithium, requiring specialized handling to mitigate environmental impact.
Reuse The ECO-1000 Supercapacitor has a lifespan of more than 10 years. While batteries may require replacement every few years, supercapacitors can last up to a decade with proper usage. Also, the ECO-1000 can endure more than 500k charge and discharge cycles without significant degradation. Limited by degradation and capacity loss over time, which significantly reduces their viability for reuse in demanding or critical applications.
Reduce Supercapacitors feature extremely high efficiency and can undergo millions of charge-discharge cycles with minimal degradation, significantly reducing the need for replacements and thereby lowering the production of electronic waste. Typically needs replacement every 3-5 years, generating more waste and a higher environmental footprint.

By incorporating these advantages, the ECO-1000 Supercapacitor UPS system stands out as a superior alternative for ensuring uninterrupted power and operational reliability. 

Key Features of the ECO-1000 Supercapacitor



The ECO-1000 adapts seamlessly to diverse industrial environments, catering to various industrial computers, panel PCs, and industrial displays.   

Quick Charge & Normal Charge 

The ECO-1000 Series Supercapacitor technology offers two charge options for energy replenishment and redundancy. Alongside the Normal Charge mode, which operates with 60W or 120W power supplies, the Quick Charge mode elevates the performance with rapid power inputs of 220W, 280W, and 306W. 

3 Smart Modes for Intelligent Power Management

The ECO-1000 Series is configurable with 3 Smart Modes for intelligent power management. The smart modes leverage the ignition control, remote power on/off, and electrical sensors in the ECO-1000 to determine redundant power when it matters most. 

  • Normal Mode: It’s used when the ECO-1000 is connected to an AC power plug, which is suitable for applications in factory automation, smart city, and smart energy grids. 
  • Ignition Mode: People use this mode when the ECO-1000 is connected to an in-vehicle DC (12/24 VDC) power supply with power ignition signal (IGN). This mode is typically used in rolling stocks, electric vehicles, truck telematics, and other intelligent transportation scenarios. 
  • Battery Mode: Use this mode when the ECO-1000 is connected to an in-vehicle DC power supply and the ignition (IGN) control signal is connected to the computer. The battery mode provides a continuous stable power supply to the computer, and is suitable for applications with frequent power fluctuations 

Modular Design for Mission-Critical Deployments 

  • 8x Supercapacitors with 100W Power Output 
  • 16x Supercapacitors with 200W Power Output 
  • Modular Supercapacitors Unit 

Interactive GUI for Remote Management with LCM Display

The ECO-1000 Series is designed with an interactive GUI that enables remote management and monitoring by connecting effortlessly to a display through the ECO-1000's USB or COM ports. 

LCM Display Module and Button Control

An optional LCD module can display critical status updates, while push buttons enable on-site programmable settings.

Tested and Validated by World-Class Safety Standards

CE, FCC, UL, EN50155 

Versatile Market Adoptions of the ECO-1000 Supercapacitors

The adoption of supercapacitors has been gaining significant traction in recent years, driven by their unique benefits and versatility across various industries. The global market for Supercapacitors is estimated at US$971 Million in 2023 and is projected to reach US$3.2 Billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 15.9% from 2023 to 2030 (Source: Research and Markets). 
The ECO-1000 Supercapacitor is designed for a wide range of applications, ensuring reliable and sustainable power across various industries:

Data Centers

Data centers house servers that store, process, and manage data. Ensuring uninterrupted power supply is critical for maintaining the performance and reliability of these facilities. The ECO-1000 provides instantaneous power backup during outages and power fluctuations, which is crucial for preventing data loss and downtime. Also, with an over 10-year long lifespan and up to 500,000 charge-discharge cycles, it can help lower data center maintenance costs. Such reliability ensures consistent performance and reduces the total cost of ownership for data center operators. ECO-1000's ability to function efficiently in a wide temperature range ensures it remains effective in data centers with strict temperature requirements.  

Industrial Automation

In various industrial automation scenarios, ECO-1000 supercapacitors provide reliable and efficient power support. These supercapacitors ensure seamless operation of machinery, robotics, and control systems, even during power fluctuations or outages. With their high power density and rapid discharge capabilities, they minimize downtime and maintain productivity. Additionally, their ability to charge and discharge quickly enhances system efficiency and reduces energy waste. Designed for longevity and durability, the ECO-1000 supercapacitors withstand millions of charge-discharge cycles and operate effectively in harsh industrial environments. 

Furthermore, the ECO-1000 is designed with over-voltage and over-current protection, which maintains the reliability of the machine itself when power fluctuates.  

Renewable Energy Systems

The ECO-1000 supercapacitors are pivotal in enhancing the efficiency of renewable energy systems. Renewable energy systems are usually characterized by variable power supply, which require supercapacitors. Supercapacitors boast superior power density and are capable of facilitating “load leveling” of power, thereby ensuring a stable power supply.  

For solar power systems, these supercapacitors provide a robust solution for storing energy harvested during the day, ensuring a steady power supply even when sunlight is not available. This capability significantly reduces the need for conventional batteries, which are often less environmentally friendly due to the materials used and the potential for hazardous waste.  

Similarly, in wind energy applications, the ECO-1000 supercapacitors help to smooth out the intermittent power output from wind turbines, ensuring a more reliable and consistent energy supply. 

Intelligent Transport Systems and Railway

In intelligent transport systems and railway applications, ECO-1000 supercapacitors improve power management by providing quick and reliable energy storage solutions. They help maintain the efficiency and reliability of transport systems by supporting the energy demands of various components.  

In railway systems, supercapacitors can store and discharge energy rapidly, enhancing overall energy efficiency and contributing to more sustainable transportation solutions.  

Also, the ECO-1000 Series is tested and validated by world-class certifications including UL, FCC, CE, and EN50155. EN 50155 is a European standard that specifies the requirements for electronic equipment used on railway rolling stock. These standards ensure that ECO-1000 has robust and reliable performance that meets mission-critical intelligent transportation deployment requirements. 

Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and Robotics

For automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and robotics, the ECO-1000 supercapacitors offer a dependable power supply with a robust and durable design that can withstand shock & vibrations, supporting their continuous operation without frequent charging interruptions. The rapid charging and discharging capabilities of supercapacitors enhance the energy efficiency of these systems, allowing for longer operational periods and reduced downtime. This efficiency is crucial for maintaining productivity in automated manufacturing and logistics environments. 

ECO-1000 Supercapacitors are known for their long cycle life, capable of enduring hundreds of thousands of charge-discharge cycles without significant degradation. This longevity is vital for AGVs and robotic systems, which often operate in demanding conditions and require reliable, long-term energy storage solutions. 

Electric Vehicles (EVs) and Hybrid Vehicles

In the world of electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles, supercapacitors play a crucial role in supporting the battery. They have much higher power density, enabling them to deliver rapid bursts of energy and recharge quickly. They can handle high power loads, reducing stress on lithium-ion batteries, and extending their lifespan while enhancing overall vehicle performance, which make them ideal for applications that require quick acceleration and regenerative braking. 

Start-Stop Systems: Supercapacitors are ideal for start-stop systems because of their ability to deliver quick bursts of energy. This is essential for restarting the engine quickly and efficiently without delay. The high power density of supercapacitors allows them to handle the frequent cycles of starting and stopping the engine better than conventional batteries, which can degrade faster under such conditions. 

Regenerative Braking: In EVs and hybrid vehicles, supercapacitors are particularly effective in regenerative braking systems due to their ability to quickly absorb and release energy. When a vehicle brakes, the kinetic energy is converted into electrical energy, which is then stored in the supercapacitor. This stored energy can be released quickly to provide an extra boost during acceleration, improving overall vehicle efficiency and reducing fuel consumption. 


Premio’s ECO-1000 Supercapacitor represents a significant advancement in sustainable power solutions, offering a range of benefits including safety and reliability, and environmental sustainability over traditional battery-based systems.  

The recognition of the ECO-1000 with the 2024 Computex Sustainable Tech Special Award underscores its innovative design and positive impact on the environment. This prestigious award validates the ECO-1000's role in advancing sustainable technology and its potential to drive industry standards forward. 

Discover how these cutting-edge supercapacitors can benefit your operations and contribute to a more sustainable future, visit Premio’s ECO-1000 EDGEBoost EnergyPack: Industrial Supercapacitor for more detailed information.