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Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Maxwell Technologies' 'Quick-Turn' Ultracapacitor Modules Speed Prototyping and Integration for High-Volume Transportation and Industrial Applications

- New Programme Offers 14-Day Turnaround for Custom Configurations to Support Systems Requiring up to 540 Volts -

ROSSENS, Switzerland - Maxwell Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MXWL) today unveiled a new "Quick-Turn" BOOSTCAP ultracapacitor module programme that offers shipment within 14 days of receipt a customer purchase order for custom-configured multi-cell energy storage and power delivery solutions for systems requiring up to 540 volts.

Dr Richard Balanson, Maxwell's president and chief executive officer, said that the Quick-Turn program leverages standard modular building blocks and proprietary balancing, monitoring and thermal transfer technologies to establish a new industry standard for flexibility and responsiveness to customer requirements.

"Global demand for ultracapacitor-based solutions is real and growing, and we continue to move aggressively to capitalise on Maxwell's technology leadership to become the supplier of choice for transportation and industrial manufacturers," Balanson said. "By eliminating the complexity and long lead times that system designers frequently encounter when they want to evaluate and prototype ultracapacitors solutions, we are facilitating and accelerating development of new applications that have the potential to drive high volumes in the years ahead."

Michael Everett, Maxwell's vice president and chief technology officer, said that custom Quick Turn modules based on the BCAP 2600 2,600-farad Energy and Power cells are immediately available, and that additional options based on the entire MC family of products, ranging from 650 to 3,000 farads will be phased in, beginning in the third quarter. Quick-Turn module pricing will be quoted on a fixed fee basis for quantities of one to five units.

Maxwell also offers a complete line of standard, 15- to 48-volt multi-cell packs and modules based on the company's Power- and Energy-type ultracapacitor cells. Both standard and Quick Turn modules are encased in rugged, splash-proof aluminium chassis and include internal cell balancing that give designers "plug and play" solutions, plus module-to-module
balancing that makes them versatile building blocks for systems with higher voltage requirements.

All BOOSTCAP cells with a capacitance of 650 farads or greater operate at 2.7 volts, enabling them to store more energy and deliver more power per unit volume than any other commercially available ultracapacitor products.

"All of these products meet or exceed demanding transportation and industrial application requirements for both watt-hours of energy storage and watts of power delivery per kilogram and will perform reliably for more than one million discharge-recharge cycles," Everett said. "The proprietary architecture and material science on which BOOSTCAP products are based also
significantly reduce manufacturing cost, positioning Maxwell to compete favourably with batteries and other energy storage technologies."

BOOSTCAP ultracapacitors deliver up to 10 times the power and longevity of batteries, require no maintenance and operate reliably in extreme temperatures. In transportation applications, they efficiently recapture energy from braking for reuse in hybrid drive trains, reducing fuel consumption and emissions. They also provide compact, lightweight, "life-of-the vehicle" solutions to stabilize automotive power networks and power new, all-electric subsystems, such as drive-by-wire steering. In mission critical industrial applications, where backup power is critical for continued operation or a soft shutdown in the event of power interruptions, they provide reliable, cost-effective, maintenance-free energy storage. In
wind turbine blade pitch and braking systems and other industrial applications, they provide a simple, solid state, highly reliable, solution to buffer short-term mismatches between the power available and the power required.

Note to editors:
Maxwell is a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative,cost-effective energy storage and power delivery solutions. Our BOOSTCAP® ultracapacitor cells and multi-cell modules and POWERCACHE® backup power systems provide safe and reliable power solutions for applications in consumer and industrial electronics, transportation and telecommunications. Our CONDIS® high-voltage grading and coupling capacitors help to ensure the safety and reliability of electric utility infrastructure and other applications involving transport, distribution and measurement of high-voltage electrical energy. Our radiation-mitigated microelectronic products include power modules, memory modules and single board computers that incorporate powerful commercial silicon for superior performance and high reliability in aerospace applications. For more information, please
visit our website: hpp://www.maxwell.com.


Media: Nick Daines
+44 (0)115 8412109,
email: ndaines@insightmkt.com

Sales & Technical - Europe: Raphael Waeber
+41 79 750 3943,
email: rwaeber@maxwell.com

Link for BOOSTCAP product images: http://editor.maxwell.com/


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