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- Ocean-powered hydro-electric generator invention – Scoop, Invention Could Solve “Bottleneck” In Developing Pollution-Free Cars - by Lockergnome on December, 2006 - Hydrogen-powered cars that do not pollute the environment are a step closer. Whilst hydrogen is thought to be an ideal fuel for vehicles, producing only water on combustion, its widespread use has been limited by the lack of a safe, efficient system for onboard storage. Scientists have experimented with ways of storing hydrogen by locking the gas into metal lattices, but metal hydrides only work at temperatures above 300°C and metal organic framework materials only work at liquid nitrogen. Now scientists at the University of Bath have invented a material which stores and releases hydrogen at room temperature, at the flick of a switch, and promises to help make hydrogen power a viable clean technology for the future. Read more from this Lockergnome Blog article
- Lithium-Ion Batteries For Hybrid Cars - by Jonathan G. Cohen in January, 2006 @ Philoneist - Sandia National Laboratories is researching ways to refine lithium-ion batteries for use in hybrid cars.
- Clean Cars Breakthrough – A Jul 2005 report at Huffington Post
- Researchers at MIT have developed a new type of lithium battery that could become a cheaper alternative to the batteries that now power hybrid electric cars. Until now, lithium batteries have not had the rapid charging capability or safety level needed for use in cars. Hybrid cars now run on nickel metal hydride batteries, which power an electric motor and can rapidly recharge while the car is decelerating or standing still. But lithium nickel manganese oxide could revolutionize the hybrid car industry. Read the full report from PysOrg, Feb 2006
- The Lithium-Ion Car - Altair Nanotechnologies plans to road test an advanced electric vehicle prototype - By Kevin Bullis, MIT Technology Review - Mar 2006 - Altair Nanotechnologies of Reno, NV, has announced plans to start testing its new batteries in prototype electric vehicles, with road tests scheduled to begin by year-end. The company says its new electrode materials allow higher bursts of power, longer battery life, and more available energy storage capacity and far quicker "fill-up" than previous lithium-ion batteries. The goal: an electric car that performs as well as a conventional car. Read more from this Technology Review page
- Zytek ForFour claims hybrid breakthrough - December,
2006 - British engineering consultancy Zytek has developed a novel
diesel/battery hybrid power train that, it says, will be affordable in
the most popular market segments. The technology, Zytek says, offers a
realistic alternative to expensive proprietary systems and can be
implemented quickly within the constraints of compact European cars.
Zytek's solution is a dual-mode hybrid that uses control strategies to
replace clutches and complex gear sets, eliminate friction surfaces,
reduce packaging volume and substantially reduce manufacturing costs.
from this Motoring.co.za web page
- Miljøbil Grenland Launches new Electric Vehicle Powered by Electrovaya Battery Pack – Green Car Congress, Oct 2005
- Honda’s Cute Electric Scooter – Honda has been showcasing
this little gem since last summer. The electric Moped-EV is designed
specifically with in-city commuting, and designers kept its size down
accordingly. The bantam weighs only 44kg (just under 100lb) and employs
an innovative nickle hydrogen battery to store 360 watt-hours of energy
(compared to your digital camera's battery, which holds around 3.5
watt-hr) - Tree
Hugger, Feb 2005
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