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  • Axion Power Concentrator 391: Mar. 01, 2015 [View instapost]
    RA. Time to recognize facts..by now you should
    be immune to mgmnt "Harry potterisms" your
    worst fears may be over on Epower but I don't
    believe them.....
    Mar 9, 2015. 10:35 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 382: Nov. 22, 2014 [View instapost]
    Future possibility..takElbit bus
    Elbit bus. (photo credit:PR)


    An electrically powered public transportation system with neither overhead cables nor battery life issues has become the new vision for the Israeli defense giant Elbit Systems Ltd.

    Elbit is developing an electric bus charging system that would allow vehicles to boost their batteries at their terminal stations, as passengers alight and board between routes. There, the buses would connect to supercapacitators that charge the buses at high speeds, so that they can operate for precisely calculated distances, the company said. Supercapacitators, as opposed to batteries, store electric charge rather than housing an electrochemical reaction.

    Until a decade ago, electric vehicle propulsion was only possible in cities where there was a high-power network with overhead cable infrastructure. While batteries and supercapacitators have allowed electric buses some independence from the grid, the rapid electricity depletion of these units has posed a challenge to the industry.

    Most urban bus lines in Israel only travel about 10 kilometers total on their routes, repeating the journeys again and again throughout the day. Elbit's supercapacitators aim to power buses for one full route, allowing them to recharge in the span of less than a minute at the vehicle's terminal stop, the company explained. As passengers descend from and board the bus, the vehicle will quickly become fully charged for another route.

    Each charging station would be able to handle about 60 buses per hour, and during normal business hours, the charging stations could be powered by green electricity sources like solar energy, the information from Elbit said.

    Regarding lines whose routes are longer than 10 kilometers, it will be possible to install charging stations at additional pickup stations, the company added.

    "Elbit Systems believes that the integration of supercapacitators into public transportation will provide a transportation solution that is quiet, reliable and pollution-free," said Yehuda Borenstein, manager of the energy group at Elbit. "We believe that a systemic solution to public transportation that includes power generation from green sources, electric buses based on supercapacitators, fast charging stations and intelligent communication systems that connect customers to the transportation system is the best economic and environmental alternative to public transportation systems in Israel and around the world."

    Elbit representatives will present their innovation while participating in the Fuel Choices Summit, set to take place in Tel Aviv on December 3-4. Alternative transportation experts from around the world will gather at the summit, hosted by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his office's Alternative Fuels Administration, to discuss new technologies and business models for implementing such innovation.

    This is the second year that the Prime Minister's Office has hosted the summit, but this year’s conference will focus particularly on the transportation sector.

    "There is an interconnectivity between what is going on in the energy sector and the transportation sector." Eyal Rosner, chairman of the Alternative Fuels Administration, told The Jerusalem Post on Monday.

    Participants will focus on how transportation is changing and how this mood impacts people's behaviors, Rosner explained.

    As far as public transportation is concerned, Rosner said that his administration has identified electric buses as a good solution for the sector, keeping in mind the importance of calculating the exact amount of energy each route requires.

    Thus far, the country has one fully electric bus, made by the Chinese firm BYD and running on Dan's Number 5 bus line in Tel Aviv. While this bus is doing well, the Alternative Fuels Administration is looking into a wide range of technologies that can also contribute to the future overhaul of the public transportation system.

    Although electric buses are economic in their energy use and minimal maintenance requirements, the question remains how long will the batteries last before replacement, Rosner explained.

    The Alternative Fuels Administration has therefore challenged Elbit to make its system economic, he said. The first model will come out in about a year and will start on only shorter routes, with the goal of eventually moving to longer routes, he added.

    A bus and supercapacitator charging station package will need to cost roughly the same as a diesel counterpart, Rosner said.

    The Fuel Choices Summit will feature exhibitions of Israeli technology in the alternative fuels sector as well as a competition for new entrepreneurs in the industry. The winning entrepreneurs will receive a spot at the newly launched fuel substitutes accelerator housed at Tel Aviv University's Porter School of Environmental Studies, Rosner said.

    In addition, Netanyahu will present this year's $1 million Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation to Prof. Michael Grätzel of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland and Prof. Thomas Meyer of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

    Rosner expressed hopes that the summit will allow people from all over the world to exchange ideas in the alternative fuels sector, while exposing them to Israeli technology as well.

    "We want people to share best practices," he said. "There's a lot to learn from many countries."e a look at attached
    Nov 25, 2014. 02:43 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • EPower's Series Hybrid Electric Drive – Unmatched Fuel Economy For Heavy Trucks [View instapost]
    is the weight & space required for 52 batteries ecomically available
    Dec 10, 2012. 05:05 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Morgan Stanley's New Dance Step: The Electric Crawfish [View article]
    2 years ago i put a new aftermarket li-ion battery in a computer.
    i got up from the table to get coffee & the computer did not "catch fire"..it exploded with flames about 3.5 feet high.if i was in front of it i would have lost my head...needless to say i would not buy an ev li-ion car if it was free.
    Dec 18, 2011. 08:18 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Cheap Will Beat Cool in the Next Decade of Vehicle Electrification [View article]
    if a lead carbon battery was dropped into a conventional vehicles bty tray; a--wud it physically fit & b--wud it require any change in the associated electronics?
    Dec 28, 2010. 06:01 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Reports Impressive Performance Test Results; Significant Upside Potential [View article]
    my 2006 lexus rx400h hybrid required a battery replacement after approx 2 years..it is a small motorocycle type lead acid bty. why shud lexus replace it with a PBC which takes more volume & costs more?
    Dec 3, 2010. 06:25 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nissan and the Electric Vehicle Battery Conundrum [View article]
    i hope u r happy with your electric toys..i just don't know why i have to
    chip in approx $7000.00/unit for harry potter type childrens fantasy
    1 more rip...they never stop making fools of us
    Jul 25, 2010. 11:13 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Electric Vehicle Air Pollution: Can Report Force Some Soul-Searching Before It's Too Late? [View article]
    your use of the word "dreck" in describing lesser quality batteries is very appropriate.. does the word also apply to the whole "harry potter" world of not only tesla but also fisker et al.. also, shudn't u explain said "dreck" ....ron m
    Jun 3, 2010. 02:02 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Electric Cars and Oil Demand [View article]
    WHAT IDIOCY....THE POLITICIANS HAVE US COMPETING WITH AN AREA WHERE OIL BUBBLES TO THE SURFACE WITH DEEP WATER DRILLING RIGS, EXPLOSIVE LI-ION BATTERIES WITH LOW ENERGY DENSITY & FLOATING WINDMILLS. WHY DON'T WE COMPETE WITH TECHNOLOGY, SPACE, BIOLOGY, MILITARY
    ARMAMENTS ETC. ENUFF TO THE DUMB GIVE-AWAYS..RON M
    May 29, 2010. 08:14 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Electric Cars and Oil Demand [View article]
    IT IS ALL BUSHWA. & A GRAB FOR EASY FEDERAL MONEY

    BY THE MFRS..WHY SHUD VOLT GET A 7500.00 WRITEOFF

    WHY GIVE FISKER 1/2 BILLION (ASK JOE BIDEN) ..WHEN WILL

    THE RIP END....TUCKER SCANDAL ONLY GRABBED FOOLISH

    INVESTORS MONEY...HERE, EVERYONE IS FORCED TO GIVE

    RON M
    May 29, 2010. 09:42 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Popular Mechanics Gets It Wrong on Buick Hybrid [View article]
    standard reporting from stated magazine
    Aug 10, 2009. 08:53 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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