Maxwell Technologies (San Diego, CA) is one of the largest manufacturers of ultracapacitors in the world. Ultracapacitors are used to distribute energy from batteries to and through short burst/high energy applications in a wide variety of uses, including automotive, aviation, mass transit, etc. As the use of ultracapacitors increased in Europe, and in order to comply with EU regulations, Maxwell Technologies was faced with the need to develop an end of useful life pathway for spent ultracapacitors and their product components (which included some hazardous materials).
The company retained L.B. Schmidt & Associates, LLC. Working with company officials, Luke Schmidt conducted research into the product life cycle, identified companies located throughout Europe which could process the products, conducted site visits and narrowed down the list of processors – one in Sweden and the other in France. Following lab-scale testing in both locations, the French company was confirmed as Maxwell Technologies’ European end-use market. Luke Schmidt concluded the project by facilitating a contract between both parties.