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Win Inertia Incorporates Maxwell Technologies Ultracapacitors for Braking Energy Recuperation in Spanish Rail System

High-Efficiency Hybrid Energy Storage System Reduces Energy Consumption; Excess Power Used to Charge Electric Vehicles

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Maxwell Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MXWL) announced today that Win Inertia, an engineering firm specializing in power electronics, energy storage and control and communication systems, is using its ultracapacitors for a stationary wayside braking energy recuperation system at an electric rail system in Cerro Negro, Spain. Win Inertia designed and installed the system under a contract with the Spanish government's Administrator of Railway Infrastructures (ADIF). In this installation, the system also enables ADIF to store excess energy in a battery bank that supplies an electric vehicle (EV) charging station located at the rail station. The facility also seamlessly integrated a photovoltaic (PV) generator to supply additional energy if required.

The recuperation system employs Win Inertia's SHAD® hybrid control technology (international patent pending) to integrate batteries and Maxwell ultracapacitors to increase energy recovery efficiency and reduce stress on the batteries, thereby extending battery life. Ultracapacitors' rapid charge/discharge characteristics uniquely enable them to capture and store more energy during each braking event than battery-based systems, which have limited ability to absorb energy in the few seconds required to stop a vehicle. Win Inertia's high-efficiency hybrid energy storage and power delivery system furthers ADIF's return on investment as it enables dual use of the recuperated energy for rail vehicle propulsion and EV charging. By converting kinetic energy into stored electric energy through regenerative braking, the system recovers 8 to 10 percent of the total energy used by the railway system, which is then used to power the EV charging station.

"By incorporating ultracapacitors, which accept charge from the braking energy recuperation system much more efficiently than batteries, the system recovers significantly more energy," said Eugenio Domínguez Amarillo, Win Inertia's CEO and chief technology officer (CTO). "Additionally, by using ultracapacitors to relieve the batteries of the stress of repetitive cycling, we expect to extend battery life by 20 to 25 percent."

Braking energy recuperation systems in electric and hybrid rail vehicles save fuel and electrical energy by using resistance from the electric motor to stop the vehicle, and, through that process, converting kinetic energy that would be wasted in a conventional friction-based braking system into stored electrical energy. Ultracapacitors' high reliability and extremely long operational life also make them a preferred option for heavy cycling electric utility grid applications.

Dr. Franz Fink, Maxwell's president and CEO, said, "Transportation is the world's largest energy consumer, so systems that enhance energy efficiency and reduce fossil fuel consumption and emissions can play a transformational role in energy management and create tremendous long-term growth opportunities for rapidly advancing ultracapacitor technology."

Unlike batteries, which produce and store energy by means of a chemical reaction, ultracapacitors store energy in an electric field. This electrostatic energy storage mechanism enables ultracapacitors to charge and discharge in as little as fractions of a second, perform normally over a broad temperature range (-40°C to +65°C), operate reliably through one million or more charge/discharge cycles and resist shock and vibration. Maxwell offers ultracapacitor cells ranging in capacitance from one to 3,000 farads and multi-cell modules ranging from 16 to 160 volts. For more information on Maxwell's ultracapacitor products, please visit Maxwell.com.

About Win Inertia: Win Inertia is a high-tech engineering company, highly specialized in power electronics, energy storage and control and communication systems applied to renewable energy integration and energy efficiency. The company's most innovative technology is a hybrid energy storage system integrating ultracapacitors, batteries and other storage technologies such as flywheels and fuel-cells under a unique bus using its technology (SHAD-FS4G). Thus, a high performance in terms of power and energy density is achieved. The control and power electronics technology applied in the system extend the battery life and avoid over-sizing of the storage system, decreasing investment and operation costs. The system can be applied in a variety of fields such as weak grid stabilization, grid services, renewable energy integration and transportation. For more information, please visit the website: www.wininertia.es.

About ADIF: ADIF is the state-owned Administrator of Railway Infrastructures in Spain. ADIF plays a leading role in promoting the railway sector, working toward converting it into the ideal mode of transport and facilitating access to the infrastructure under fair conditions. Its aim is to promote the Spanish railway system by means of the development and management of a safe, efficient and sustainable infrastructure to the highest quality standards in environmental terms. ADIF is in charge of administrating rail infrastructures (tracks, stations, freight terminals, etc.), managing rail traffic, distributing capacity to rail operators and the collection of fees for infrastructure, station and freight terminal use. For more information, please visit the website: www.adif.es.

About Maxwell: Maxwell is a global leader in the development and manufacture of innovative, cost-effective energy storage and power delivery solutions. Our ultracapacitor products provide safe and reliable power solutions for applications in consumer and industrial electronics, transportation and telecommunications. Our 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: www.maxwell.com.

Win Inertia Contact:
Media & Sales:
Rafael González, +34 954 173 085; rgonzalez@wininertia.es  
Investor: Eugenio Domínguez, +34 954 173 085; edominguez@wininertia.es

Maxwell Technologies Contacts:
Media: Rachel Sullivan, Metis Communications: +1 (617) 236-0500; maxwell@metiscomm.com
Investor: Michael Sund: +1 (858) 503-3233; msund@maxwell.com
Sales & Technical: Stefan Strohmayer: +49 89 4161403 13; sstrohmayer@maxwell.com

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The Forefront of Japan’s Subculture — the Ever Evolving “Akihabara”

TOKYO, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- "Akihabara"is well known to those not only in Japan but also overseas as "the City/Mecca of Electronics & Home Appliances". You will still see a lot of major home electronics retailers lined up side by side, and many people from the country and all over the world have made visits to the city looking for Japan's electronic appliances for decades. However, the city has now evolved brilliantly throughout the changes of a new era. Nowadays, "Akihabara" not only represents a name of a city, but also became an iconic figure that embodies Japan's own subculture. Japan's unique subculture scene largely represented by this city attracts travelers from all over the world. Akihabara, which is continuously evolving its appearance every minute, also owns its very unique in-station facility that fittingly serves as an entrance to the city. Here we will introduce you to some of the newest faces in Akihabara you will likely encounter in the station or somewhere under an elevated structure:

Why don't you get Japanese souvenirs and the hot items in Akihabara?
Why don't you get Japanese souvenirs and the hot items in Akihabara?

An art-turned train! Even a non-hardcore fan should stop by -- "TRAINIART"

"Atre Akihabara 1" is connected directly to JR East Railway Akihabara station's Electric Town exit (or "Denki-gai" exit). On the 2nd floor you will find "TRAINIART", a  boutique shop selling railroad/train merchandises. Here you will find a vast variety of railroad/train designed goods, from stationaries to accessories, all focused on both [design] and [functionality]. You will notice most of these goods are well-suited for its own brand name "-ART", all richly designed, stylishly finished that one would definitely be tempted to pick them up in their hands, and are very popular among the females. You can also find a pair of train-designed T-shirts tailored for parent-child; you would definitely find a train-designed merchandise of your own that you would probably want to bring home.

"CHABARA""NOMONO" - For those looking for tasting/bringing home Japan's regional local gourmet foods

In Japan, you will encounter distinctive local gourmet foods in each region throughout the country. Wouldn't it be nice if you could enjoy all sorts of gourmet foods from all regions in Japan even if you could only stay in Tokyo?

That's when we highly recommend"CHABARA", located under an elevated bridge connecting JR Akihabara Station and Okachimachi Station. You will find a rich variety of specialty goods, seafoods, and soil foods delivered directly from local producers throughout the country. Perhaps, it's a good idea to make gifts to your friends with soy-sauce, miso, tonkotsu (or pork bone soup) or other unique ramen noodles delivered from local producers, or for anybody, whose dad loves Japanese Sake, why not make a gift for him with a Japanese Sake processed with pure water and high quality grain of rice!

On the other hand, "NOMONO", located inside Akihabara Station, is "A shop introducing the allure of Japanese food" that is always crowded with visitors as, albeit its somewhat limited space, it is conveniently located inside the station. At "NOMONO Kitchen" located on 2nd floor, you will enjoy the aspects of traditional local culture and all sorts of menu filled with highly selective and seasonal ingredients from the east regional Japan.   

In Akihabara, the city that constantly provides us with the latest cultural ingredients, its nearest station is equally unique as well. As the forefront of Japan's cultural movement, we highly encourage you to visit there.

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Eurail Launches Free Roaming Summer Promotion

UTRECHT, The Netherlands, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Eurail Select & Global Pass Holders get a FREE prepaid Eurail SIM Card to stay connected in Europe 

Eurail launches the "Free Roaming" summer promotion and makes it easier for pass holders to stay connected with friends and family while traveling in Europe. The first 2,500 Eurail Select and Global Pass customers who register their pass purchase on http://www.eurail-roaming.com can apply for a Eurail Free Roaming SIM Card. This offer is valid on all categories and classes of the passes purchased from July 17 to September 30, 2014, or as long as supplies last.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140716/697103)

"Eurail is committed to adding value to its Eurail Pass products. The free Eurail SIM Card offer is one more customer cost-saving initiative to help pass holders stay connected while traveling in Europe. This promotion offers our customers the unique opportunity to avoid costly Wi-Fi or roaming charges," explains Silvia Görlach, Eurail Group Sales and Marketing Manager.

The Eurail Free Roaming offer includes a prepaid, pre-activated +44 (United Kingdom) and +1 (United States) SIM Card which provides free incoming calls[1] and 200 minutes of free Wi-Fi at selected Premium Hotspots. Additionally, the customer can freely combine up to 100 minutes of international calls, 300 text messages or up to 100 MB of data as long as the prepaid credit lasts.

Once the prepaid credit has expired, the customer can recharge the Eurail SIM Card, and take advantage of the same attractive Eurail Roaming conditions. These are offered via telecommunications partner Global Roaming, which works with 67 operators in Europe and is one of the worldwide leading providers in mobile communication services. The Eurail Roaming SIM Card has coverage in 30 European countries, including all those participating in the Eurail Pass program.

The Free Roaming Summer Promotion is valid for holders of a Eurail Global Pass, valid in 24 member countries or a Eurail Select Pass valid in four Countries. The Eurail Global Pass continues to be the most popular pass in the Eurail portfolio. It covers nearly the entire European continent and offers travelers the largest variety of countries to choose from.

Eurail Passes are available from a worldwide network of Authorized General Sales Agents. Please visit http://www.eurailgroup.org/eurail-vendors.

Eurail Group G.I.E., the organization dedicated to the marketing and management of the Eurail Passes, is wholly owned by over thirty participating railways and shipping companies. Eurail Group has many benefit partners, including hotels, transport companies and museums, which offer their services either at a reduced rate or free of charge to rail pass holders.

[1] For the US number, a surcharge of EUR 0.20 is charged per minute.

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