Company history
 
DARPA v.s. Satellite

DARPA was created in 1958 as the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA). The political and defense communities recognized the need for a high-level defense organization to formulate and execute R&D projects that would expand the frontiers of technology beyond the immediate and specific requirements of the Military Services and their laboratories.

Over the years, DARPA has worked to enhance our national security by funding research and technology development that not only have improved our military capabilities but have changed the way we live. Since the very beginning, DARPA has been the place for people with innovative ideas that lead to groundbreaking discoveries.

DARPAs main tactic for executing its strategy is to constantly search worldwide for revolutionary high-payoff ideas and then sponsor projects bridging the gap between fundamental discoveries and the provision of new military capabilities.

DARPAs original mission, inspired by the Soviet Union beating the United States into space with Sputnik(satellite), was to prevent technological surprise. This mission has evolved over time. Today, DARPAs mission is to prevent technological surprise for us and to create technological surprise for our adversaries.

In the universe space, satellites could be hardly supplied by external power sources. Thus the energy storage technology became an important investment for DARPA
Also the major power source of satellites is electricity, so the parts and components regarding electricity generating, storage and power driving became the core technology planned by DARPA.

Satellites v.s. Supercapacitors

Electricity generating, storing and power-driven components are all required to meet the severe space environment with very high efficiency and long life cycle. All these extreme technologies resulted in a lot of hot businesses today such as solar energy, fuel battery and hybrid electric vehicles. In 1980, a key technology assessment report indicates that electricity generating, storing and power-driven systems all need a very important key component to improve the efficiency of these systems. That is so-called super-capacitor.

For electricity generating, a super-capacitor can enable the solar battery to collect weak current. So the battery can get additional 20~40% energy power.

For electricity storage, a super-capacitor can provide a very stable charging current and decrease the power loss about 15~30% during charging period. Also it can extend the battery life cycle.

For power driving, supercapacitors can provide a very high instant current for high power-driven components, which increases the component response speed, downsizes power supply systems, or increase their safety capacity about 30~50%. Besides, supercapacitors can be used as the current buffers, which can substantially reduce the size and weight of power transmission lines and extend the life cycles of power circuits.

Technology transferred to Taiwan

In 1990, Continental Group spun out from Lockheed corporation to be an independent organization to continue the supercapacitor research. Dixon Huang, one of the original founders of ULTRAPACK Energy Co., also joined this organization in 1997. This is the beginning of the emerging technology of the U.S. military services in Taiwan.

Around 2000, nano-materials technologies were booming; however, there is increasingly intense competition in the IC wafer market. In early 2002, the proprietor of a well-known Taiwan IC design houses was really aware of the saturated market in IC wafer and was introduced, through the well-known lawyer, Mr. S.M. Lo, to learn the cutting-edged applications and the market values of supercapacitors. Then ULTRAPACK Energy Co., Ltd. was established by several powerful shareholders. The design and mass-production of supercapacitors became possible. After 4 years of research and improvement, the pilot-run of supercapacitors was realized. And consequently comes the first mass-production of ULTRAPACK super-capacitors. Diversities of applications about super-capacitors became popular.