11 Oct 2018
HOMER Microgrid conference 9-10 Oct 2018: Report
We attended the second day of this excellent two day conference staged in the luxurious paradise Resort in San Diego by HOMER a 20 person microgrid software company doing simulation, economics and design.
3 Jun 2016
Electric trucks: complete disagreement
Trucks have to clean up their act if they are not to become illegal under the impending 2025 and 2030 legislation and those that jump the gun will probably gain market share because that clean up typically comes with fuel saving key to profitability in fleet operations working on wafer thin margins. Everyone agrees about that - but how to do it? Complete disagreement.
31 May 2016
Which Electric Truck Powertrain Wins?
How will trucks clean up their act to avoid becoming illegal under the impending 2025 and 2030 legislation? This article discusses the different approaches.
14 Sep 2015
CENEX LCV Event: Range Extenders
The latest CENEX Low Carbon Vehicle Event took place at Millbrook UK mid September with over 50% growth on last year there being over 3000 delegates and over 200 exhibitors, mostly parts suppliers and charging station manufacturers but with several prestige stands from major motor manufacturers.
22 Jun 2015
Jet engine range extenders for electric vehicles
In May 2015, Californian Company, Wrightspeed announced the Fulcrum, a gas turbine on-board range extender for charging the batteries of electric vehicles.
18 Jun 2015
Airborne Wind Energy Conference Netherlands 15-16 June Part Two
There is healthy disagreement among everyone concerning the optimal products, with some going to grid applications first then planning off-grid or, like Makani, looking only at on-grid.
13 Mar 2015
Hybrid vehicle range extenders: goodbye pistons
Hybrid vehicles are already big business from hybrid cars, buses and trucks to outdoor forklifts, even hybrid tugboats.
17 Feb 2015
The Proving Factory - open for business
The Proving Factory is now officially open for business.
28 Jul 2014
Electric Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
This article primarily investigates the hybrid and pure electric powertrains and electrics being used or considered for UAVs and the new missions made possible by electrification. UAVs survey military threats but also the melting ice caps and natural disasters. They can carry ordnance but also drop aid and locate disaster survivors and lost climbers and trekkers. Little wonder then that new electric UAVs are announced frequently these days.
14 Jul 2014
Electric Vehicles Adopt Range Extenders without Pistons
Range extenders are the engine part of series hybrids for land, water and air whether plug-in or not. Plug-in cars alone promise to be a $122 billion market in 2024 which means a very large marker for range extenders - probably over $60 billion in 2024 - that are smaller, lighter weight, have less noise and vibration, can be mounted any way up, are preferably multi-fuel and more effiecient and clean and have lower up-front cost and cost-over-life.
25 Apr 2014
Penetration of Second and Third Generation Range Extenders 2014-2024
Range extenders are those technologies in charge of supporting long distance travelling in electric vehicles. Through the transition from petrol cars to electric cars, there is a strong trend to reduce the internal combustion engine and increasingly delegate the traction to electric motors, however ICE will not become the only range extender technology. This article explores all range extender technologies.
20 Dec 2013
The total market for electric UAVs will reach over $1bn by 2023
The total market value for electric unmanned aerial vehicles will reach over one Billion dollars by 2023 according to findings in the new IDTechEx report, "Electric Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) 2013-2023"
19 Dec 2013
Bladon Jets in Coventry UK is pioneering development of micro gas turbines - small, light and clean-burning jet engines which will provide a new generation of green, fuel efficient power units including range extenders for electric vehicles such as cars.
15 Nov 2013
Polaris Industries is a quoted US manufacturer of small conventional and pure electric vehicles, mainly nostalgic conventional motorcycles and leisure and industrial off-road small four wheelers.
9 Aug 2013
Electric vehicle range extenders: leaving piston engines behind
This article shares some of the research in the new IDTechEx report, "Range Extenders for Electric Vehicles Land, Water & Air 2013-2023" which covers all such vehicles, on land, on/under water and airborne.
7 Nov 2012
Bladon Jets range extenders improve
Bladon Jets is leaving 2012 with a modified and improved device as it is developed to perform satisfactorily. It is still intended to be an electricity source in rural India and an electric vehicle range extender, with investor Tata seeing it in the Tata Jaguar electric supercar in due course, though a Williams racing engine will be used initially in this vehicle.
24 Feb 2012
Slaying the myths at Electric Vehicles Land Sea Air
Opening speaker at Electric Vehicles Land Sea Air USA 2012 in San Jose California March 27-28, Raghu Das of leading analysts IDTechEx says: "Unlike other events, we delight in slaying the myth that most of the market value is in cars.