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  • Axion Power Concentrator 356 August 7 '14: Changed Loan, IP-Secured MDA; David DiGiacinto Appointed Chairman And CEO; Share Reverse Split And Authorized Share Reduction Approved [View instapost]
    -->> topcat1906,

    I agree, that is the one that counts, right now.
    Aug 10, 2014. 08:34 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 356 August 7 '14: Changed Loan, IP-Secured MDA; David DiGiacinto Appointed Chairman And CEO; Share Reverse Split And Authorized Share Reduction Approved [View instapost]
    -->> topcat1906,

    There could be a hundred ways that a phone call could go. It is not so much that Bob Averill might say yes or no when it is the opposite that is in fact true, it could be that he might not want to get into any kind of conversation over a internet blog with anyone, especially if he were to want to avoid unintentionally saying something Axion related that is not for public consumption. If that were to be the case, the only result would be a very awkward, indeterminate and basically non-responsive answer. That result gets no-one anywhere and would not be worth involving those that really may not be involved, at all.
    Aug 10, 2014. 06:53 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 356 August 7 '14: Changed Loan, IP-Secured MDA; David DiGiacinto Appointed Chairman And CEO; Share Reverse Split And Authorized Share Reduction Approved [View instapost]
    -->> iindelco, I am with you completely on the historical posting issue. I, myself, did some of that earlier today. The tone of many of the posts does present some opportunity for questions, however.

    And, yes, a well timed and well placed "phoney" phone call from the real _______ (fill in the blank) would serve to set everyone's mind at rest.

    My first guess is that it is an older person, that is to say, someone not born into the "Internet Age", but born well before this iAge or iEra (protection by copyright and protection by trademark to be immediately filed as soon as I finish this post), perhaps in the 1970s or before. The phrase "I am in the phone book" would not likely be used by someone that was born in the 1980s or later, but it would not be surprising for that phrase to be used by someone born in the 1970s or earlier.

    Generally, we tend to not easily let go of our own formative and early post-formative cultural mouldings or matrices, and we do not easily adopt those to which we were not open.
    Aug 10, 2014. 06:30 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 356 August 7 '14: Changed Loan, IP-Secured MDA; David DiGiacinto Appointed Chairman And CEO; Share Reverse Split And Authorized Share Reduction Approved [View instapost]
    It would be a sad situation if the credibilty of the posts on this concentrator were to be materially affected in a deleterious way from all of this. This concentrator is unique and any damage done to it could turn out to be very difficult to repair.

    Once something that is unique falters, it usually never returns.
    Aug 10, 2014. 05:51 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 356 August 7 '14: Changed Loan, IP-Secured MDA; David DiGiacinto Appointed Chairman And CEO; Share Reverse Split And Authorized Share Reduction Approved [View instapost]
    Even phoning cannot be guaranteed to provide the correct answer.
    Aug 10, 2014. 05:32 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 357 August 10 '14: S-1 For $15MM Share Issuance; Changed Loan, IP-Secured MDA; David DiGiacinto Appointed Chairman And CEO [View instapost]
    -->> iindelco,

    Regarding Ford, Dodge w/Cummins, et al, yup, the same would apply. The reference to the service fee of 150 Euros was what posters on the relevant forums were saying they were having to pay was not for a battery replacement and computer reset, that is what they are having to pay just to get the dealerships to do a simple battery re-charge. Replacing the battery and doing the required computer reset would be much higher.

    Our local Cummins dealer was mentioning Cummins collaberating with Nissan with the aim of bringing out a Nissan Titan? with a red engine block under the hood.

    I can't remember exactly where I had heard or read that Cummins has cancelled the natural gas operational engine program. They had some of their shops already setup to do the maintenance and repairs for those systems and had the techs all trained up and ready to do the work. IIRC, complexities in the system and a lack of foreseeable consumer uptake were the deciding factors in the cancellation.

    BTW, I just downloaded the 48 volt info, and the BMW paper "48 volt – its threats and opportunites", mentions the increasing electrical load requirements of the BMW 7 Series. Since the 7 Series vehicles are the technological showcase for the BMW line-up of vehicles, this adds more to the idea that the auto makers are really serious about a move to 48 volts. BMW will want to continue using the 7 Series for its showcase purposes, and to do so, they are saying that higher voltages will be required if the auto companies want to keep working at the leading edge of tech for auto.

    That web site is a great resource, by the way.
    Aug 10, 2014. 05:13 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 357 August 10 '14: S-1 For $15MM Share Issuance; Changed Loan, IP-Secured MDA; David DiGiacinto Appointed Chairman And CEO [View instapost]
    Imagine what it could do for the family car S/S market in Europe if the class 8 sized trucks in Europe were to begin appearing on the roadways with a S/S system that actually was of merchantable quality, that being that it was fit for the purposes for which it was intended?

    It would be reasonable to expect all the current owners of S/S equipped cars that work only on a sporadic and unreliable basis to ask: if they can do this for the big rigs, then why on earth can't they do it for the family car? Many a service advisor at the dealerships for BMW, Mini, Ford C-Max, et al, will be dreading this very question from their customers as they charge them over 150 Euros to recharge their failed SLI battery on their car.
    Aug 10, 2014. 03:47 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 357 August 10 '14: S-1 For $15MM Share Issuance; Changed Loan, IP-Secured MDA; David DiGiacinto Appointed Chairman And CEO [View instapost]
    The engine block, and associated assemblage, on a Cummins diesel is red.
    Aug 10, 2014. 03:29 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 356 August 7 '14: Changed Loan, IP-Secured MDA; David DiGiacinto Appointed Chairman And CEO; Share Reverse Split And Authorized Share Reduction Approved [View instapost]
    On August 5, 2014, at 10:15 PM, PbC Believer stated, in part, the following:

    "1 - These negotiations have been going on for months and the share price has been in the $0.14-16 range for all of that period...."

    I found this quite intriguing when I read it. How would PbC Believer know that "[t]hese negotiations have been going on for months?" How would PbC Believer know what negotiations were taking place at Axion for anything, at all?
    Aug 10, 2014. 05:35 AM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 356 August 7 '14: Changed Loan, IP-Secured MDA; David DiGiacinto Appointed Chairman And CEO; Share Reverse Split And Authorized Share Reduction Approved [View instapost]
    The comment in the the autumn 2009 issue of BizNS had a comment that the 999 contained around 1,700 separate electrical wires. That is interesting because it was that same issue of the "tyranny of numbers" of tubes that were being required for the new and improved electronic devices that were being designed in the late 1940s that began the serious efforts to develop transistors.

    The new electronic devices in the 1940s were requiring ever increasing numbers of tubes and this was making the design of these devices simply unweildly and making it impossible for them to be manufactured. It was this "tyranny of numbers" problem that drove Bardeen, Shockley and Brattain, et al to get transistor technology ready for prime time.

    This also is a problem of which BMS designers have to be mindful. Improvements to BMS systems are sometimes made with a goal of reducing the amount of wiring and individual electronic components that are packed into the system.
    Aug 7, 2014. 07:43 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 356 August 7 '14: Changed Loan, IP-Secured MDA; David DiGiacinto Appointed Chairman And CEO; Share Reverse Split And Authorized Share Reduction Approved [View instapost]
    NSC may have taken a couple of weeks just to decide what they were going to say in explaining why the
    NSC999 yard slug was back in the shop for an indefinite amount of time.
    Aug 7, 2014. 06:42 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 356 August 7 '14: Changed Loan, IP-Secured MDA; David DiGiacinto Appointed Chairman And CEO; Share Reverse Split And Authorized Share Reduction Approved [View instapost]
    These systems are already used in the class 8 trucks in Canada and the US and they have their share of problems.

    There are two systems currently in use. The non-urea DPF/DOC system and the currently more popular urea based system. The added urea liquid system only handles the NOx emmsions and it converts the NOx to nitrogen gas and water.

    I am not sure how the pricing and repair situation is in the family car market, but I can provide some info on the repair and repair costs for these systems in the class 8 truck market situation.

    As for the class 8 truck market situation, both of these systems require regular maintenance that has to be performed. They both have an EGR valve in the system, and if the EGR valve malfunctions, it has to be repaired as soon as possible or it will cause the DPF/DOC or SCR filter to get plugged up, and if those filters get plugged up, it will damage the VGT turbo and then the turbo has to replaced. It is not unusual for this situation to occur, and the total repair bill for cleaning out the DPF/DOC or SCR system and installing a new turbo can be upwards of $7,000 for a class 8 vehicle. Imagine what that will do to the annual bottom line.

    As it happens, the EGR valve may have to be replaced every 18 months or two years, and the EGR valve itself has a warranty of only one year. The cost of an EGR valve is about $1,500 and probably another $700 in labor to do the job.

    The system actually does require daily attending to, as a good class 8 operator will check the system on a daily basis to see if it requires a DPF or SCR "burn", and to check if further urea fluid is required. If the system runs out of fluid, the system can be damaged.

    The cost for cleaning the main DPF/DOC or SCR filters is at least $700. These systems can get plugged up to the point that they need replacing. To replace the main filters will cost about $3,500, after the core charge/rebate of about $1,500. Without the core/rebate charge, the filters are $5,000.

    The added urea liquid system only handles the NOx emissions and it converts the NOx to nitrogen gas and water.

    These systems are designed to heat up the exhaust to at least 400 degrees fahrenheit in order to effectively burn off the distillate particulate matter. This key design and operation principle itself presents a problem, because many of today's class 8 trucks are in the higher horsepower range, and are 550 hp or greater. It is unlikely that a tractor with a 600 HP Cummins carrying light loads all day is going to have that engine work hard enough to keep the DPF/SCR filters from slowly getting plugged up. The same would apply to a tandem gravel truck with a 600 HP Cummins.

    If this system is being used in the family car, I can only partially imagine the costly repairs that this will lead to. These sytems are deceptively simple. It is more likely than not, that many vehicle owners and family members with these systems in their vehicles will not fully understand how the system works and will easily cause themselves to have to unnecessarily spend mucho dinaro in SCR repairs. No system is failsafe or 100% maintenance free (excepting for some batteries, of course.)

    Buying a used car with these SCR systems in place will mean that the prospective purchaser will have to be that much more careful in their purchase. Replacing a damaged or totally plugged SCR system in a car will not be inexpensive.
    Aug 7, 2014. 06:21 PM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 355 August 3 '14: Changed Loan, IP-Secured MDA; David DiGiacinto Appointed Chairman And CEO; Share Reverse Split And Authorized Share Reduction Approved [View instapost]
    The best part is, the admission is free.
    Aug 7, 2014. 04:23 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 355 August 3 '14: Changed Loan, IP-Secured MDA; David DiGiacinto Appointed Chairman And CEO; Share Reverse Split And Authorized Share Reduction Approved [View instapost]
    -->> Edmund, do they mention anything about the rate capability? Is there any loss of rate capability along with the capacity loss?

    People that buy these battery systems like to get many, many years of service out of the system.
    Aug 6, 2014. 02:38 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 355 August 3 '14: Changed Loan, IP-Secured MDA; David DiGiacinto Appointed Chairman And CEO; Share Reverse Split And Authorized Share Reduction Approved [View instapost]
    iindelco -->> The extra four Cubes could very well be non-firm expressions of commitment.

    Since BySolar's average time to complete a project is roughly one year, if these four Cubes are for real, then they will be at least a year out from now.

    Hopefully, at the next cc, we can get some solid info on the status of Axion's BySolar work.
    Aug 5, 2014. 07:15 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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