ESCAP EMERGENCY AND EXIT LIGHTS WITH SUPER CAPACITORS
ESCAP - THE SELF-CONTAINED EMERGENCY AND EXIT LIGHTS WITH SUPER CAPACITOR BACKUP
Teknoware launched the self-contained Emergency and Exit Lights, using Super Capacitor technology in 2008. ESCAP won the prize of the Most Innovative Product at the SähköTeleValo&AV fair in Jyväskylä, Finland, that year. ESCAP Emergency and Exit Lights are the easiest and effortless solution for planning and realising an emergency lighting system in a building. All ESCAP luminaires have a 10-Year Warranty Scheme, which covers the backup power source, the Super Capacitors, as well as the light source, the LEDs.
ESCAP Emergency and Exit Lights are practically service-free during their entire life span, often lasting for more than 10 years.
ESCAP EMERGENCY AND EXIT LIGHTS
Teknoware's ESCAP product range covers a comprehensive selection of both Emergency and Exit Lights, for different types of buildings and purposes.
SUPER CAPACITORS REPLACE BATTERIES
For emergency lighting there have been and still are only two basic solutions, both of which are determined by the location of the battery:
- Central battery systems, where a central battery bank powers several luminaires
- Self-contained systems, where each luminaire has its own battery
Each alternative offers certain advantages and disadvantages. Central battery systems offer the advantage of easy testing and maintenance, whereas self-contained systems offer flexible installations due to simpler cabling. The definitive disadvantage of self-contained systems has been the limited lifespan of batteries. The changing of batteries could be very labour intensive as the batteries are located in possibly hundreds of luminaires.
Teknoware solves the battery problem of self-contained luminaires by replacing the batteries with Escap technology. Using LED luminaires and the wireless Aalto Control central monitoring system together, it is possible to create a solution where the advantages of both central battery and self-contained systems can be combined, and the disadvantages eliminated.
Escap is a self-contained luminaire product line which combines capacitive energy storage with the latest LED technology. Unlike traditional applications, the energy required during a power outage is not stored in traditional electrochemical batteries but in very high capacitance low-voltage capacitors.
Super capacitors cannot replace batteries directly due to their different voltage characteristics. A capacitor’s charge voltage and current must be controlled accurately and as wide a relative voltage range as possible must be utilised when the capacitor is discharged. Teknoware has developed special power converter technology to overcome these challenges and as a result our products utilise this quickly advancing technology.