Honda opens Smart Home US in California; produces more energy than it consumes; direct DC-DC EV charging

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The home is also three times more water-efficient than a typical US home. DC-to-DC electric vehicle charging. Water efficiency. In a typical home, the toilet alone can use 27% of household water consumption.

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Hitachi Automotive Systems delivers compact, high-output inverters and DC/DC converters for Mercedes Benz S500 PLUG-IN HYBRID

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has begun to supply Daimler AG with compact, high-output inverters and DC/DC converters for use in Daimler’s first plug-in hybrid—the S500 PLUG-IN HYBRID ( earlier post ) and S550 PLUG-IN HYBRID Long being marketed in Europe this autumn and Japan this month, respectively.

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A Bright Day in DC

Revenge of the Electric Car

We interviewed Senator Lugar in DC recently — as we caught the Capitol Hill debut of Bright Automotive’s Idea — a plug-in hybrid electric delivery vehicle. What’s more, Bright’s CEO John Waters helped to develop the battery pack system for GM’s EV1. The DC charm offensive was all part of the plan — as were the public shows of support from Frito Lay and Duke Energy Corp.

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EPA draft assessment finds no widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources from fracking

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft assessment on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing activities on drinking water resources in the United States. The stages of the hydraulic fracturing water cycle. Water acquisition.

2015 95

Nestlé Waters North America adds 155 new medium-duty propane autogas trucks to delivery fleet

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Nestlé Waters North America is adding more than 150 medium-duty beverage delivery trucks fueled by propane autogas. The Nestlé Waters North America propane trucks are used to deliver product to its customers across the country including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Equipped with ROUSH CleanTech fuel technology, the trucks operate in three of BBU’s major markets: Chicago, Denver, and Washington DC.

The Curious Case of the Torrance Enivornmental Commission

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Yet another commissioner went off on a long tangent about being at Obama’s inauguration and how the unprecedented cold weather in DC was real proof of climate change.

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Mercedes-Benz Cars plants in Germany to be supplied with CO2-neutral energy from 2022

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The production hall uses renewable energy and reduces water consumption and waste significantly. In a wide variety of projects, sustainability is addressed as an integrated approach in the global production organization: Both the EU research project “AREUS” and the “DC-INDUSTRIE” research initiative of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy have their focus on the development of next generation intelligent and open energy grids for industrial production.

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Germany now has 7,407 public charging points; 14,531 filling stations

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A survey by Germany’s BDEW (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft), an association of energy and water companies, found that the number of public charge points in the country has grown to 7,407 as of the end of 2016. 292 of the new points are DC fast charging.

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TU/e introduces converted VW Lupo electric research vehicle; lightweight and longer range

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kW, 260 - 520 V DC out, programmable, water cooled, CAN. current 236 A (nominal), 400 A (peak), 80 - 400 V DC in, switching frequency 3-9 kHz, water cooled, CAN. water cooled. DC-DC converter: MES-DEA 400-1000 150 - 400 V DC in, 13.3 - 14.4

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UPA installs 500 kWh containerized Li-ion system from BYD for grid storage

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BYD mega-watt-scale energy storage stations are installed in several locations in the US and are rated at a 91% AC-DC-AC round-trip-efficiency but have shown actual performance at this site as high as 95.3%—a AC-DC-AC efficiency shown to be as high as 94%, an industry benchmark high; DC to DC efficiency as high as 96%. UPA serves water, gas and electric utilities throughout the United States and Canada.

GM and US Army TARDEC to reveal Chevy Colorado-based fuel cell vehicle

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General Motors and the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) will reveal a Chevrolet Colorado-based fuel cell electric vehicle in October at the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) in Washington, D.C.

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Ordering Gauges

Open Source Civic EV Kit

In order to protect the BatMon boards from water splash (at least in the engine compartment), I ordered a bunch of 2x2" plastic boxes. While I wait for the charging components to get fixed, I did some research on gauges to monitor the state of the system. My goal is to use as much of the existing dashboard as possible and then add low-cost gauges in order to prevent any motor problems and detect faults.

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NuScale Power competing for DOE $266M small modular reactor funding opportunity

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Using light water reactor (LWR) technology, the NuScale Power Module is cooled by natural circulation, is entirely self-contained and is installed underwater and underground to maximize safety. The reactor and containment vessel operate inside a water-filled pool built below grade.

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Continental puts first 48V hybrid assist system into production with Renault diesels

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The first production solution combines an efficient, water-cooled induction motor with an integrated inverter. As a result, Continental has chosen to employ the water-cooled induction motor that can be connected directly to the engine’s cooling circuit.

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Audi’s mild-hybrid systems: 12V for 4-cylinders, 48V for 6- and 8-cylinders

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One of them is a water-cooled belt alternator starter (BAS) on the front side of the engine. The 12-volt system is connected to the main electrical system via a DC/DC converter. Audi will begin introducing new mild-hybrid drive vehicles (MHEVs) this year.

2017 78

Kyocera, Osaka Gas, Aisin, Chofu and Toyota Motor complete co-development of SOFC residential co-gen system; on sale in April

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The inverter converts DC generated by the cell stack into AC. The hot-water storage tank stores heat exhausted from the power generator as hot-water. A back-up boiler supplies hot-water and heating in case the hot-water storage tank is empty.

2012 78

NuScale and DOE Complete SMR cooperative agreement; initiates up to $217M funding of NuScale SMR development

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NuScale Power, LLC is developing a safer, smaller, scalable version of pressurized water reactor technology, designed with natural safety features. The reactor coolant is driven by natural circulation and can be shut down safely with no operator action, no AC or DC power, and no external water.

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Multi-western state collaboration to study demo and deployment of NuScale small modular reactor

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Using proven light water reactor (LWR) technology, the NuScale Power Module is cooled by natural circulation, is entirely self-contained, and installed underwater and underground to maximize safety. With its design, the NuScale Power Module has the ability safely to shut down and self-cool, indefinitely, with no operator action, no AC or DC power and no additional water.

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Pierburg GmbH electric compressor for turbos

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The electric compressor has a wear-free, brushless DC motor that was developed using Pierburg’s own longstanding experience in the development and production of electric motors. The motor and the electronic components are cooled by a water jacket connected to the engine cooling system.

2016 78

Coulomb Technologies and Carbon Day Automotive Unveil Solar Plug-In Station in Chicago

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A storm water management feature filters rainfall into a gray water system which can then irrigate surrounding landscape. Coulomb Technologies’ ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations range in capability from 120V 15A to 240V 80A AC charging to 120kW DC charging.

What Does Henry Waxman Know About Climate That Made Him Quit?

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Congressman Waxman with 66 District Assemblyman Al Muratuschi, in a Tesla Roadster, contemplating how fast he could drive away from DC in one of these EVs. (c) Congressman Henry Waxman receiving environmental award at 2013 Earth Day Celebration, Manhattan Beach (c) Joe Galliani.

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GM provides a few more details on SURUS fuel cell four-wheel steer concept truck

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Benefits include quiet and odor-free operation, off-road mobility, field configuration, instantaneous high torque, exportable power generation, water generation and quick refueling times.

2017 78

Horizon Unveiling Small Hydrogen Refueling and Storage System for the Home

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The device consumes 60W DC per hour to produce 10 liters of hydrogen (0.001 kg) per hour, enough to fill a HydroStik metal hydride storage cartridge. Horizon will also present an upgraded version of its larger portable off-grid DC power supply system HydroPak. HydroPak offers 60W output (120W peak) using water-activated sodium borohydride cartridges supplied by Horizon.

New automotive 3-phase variable speed inverter power module from Fairchild enables higher torque systems

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This includes electric power steering (column-mount and rack-mount), electro-hydraulic power steering, electric water pumps, electric oil pumps and engine cooling fans. The integrated DC Bus high accuracy current sense resistor enables full control of the electric motor, while the NTC thermistor provides thermal protection. Fairchild Semiconductor recently introduced the FTC03V455A1 a 3-phase, variable speed drive automotive power module.

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Infineon launches ARM-based embedded power family for smart motor control in automotive applications

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Sample quantities of the first members of the Embedded Power family are available for the TLE987x series for 3-phase (Brushless DC) motors and the TLE986x series for 2-phase (DC) motors. The TLE987x series of bridge drivers addresses 3-phase (BLDC) motor applications such as fuel pumps, HVAC blowers, engine cooling fans, water pumps as well as other pumps and fans. The TLE986x series is optimized to drive 2-phase DC motors by integrating four NFET drivers.

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Mitsubishi bringing 2018 Outlander PHEV to US in December

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It is also the only PHEV with DC Fast Charging capability (CHAdeMO). The battery is located in a dust- and water-proof encasement positioned beneath the passenger compartment subfloor and between the front and rear axles (with no intrusion into the passenger compartment whatsoever).

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Swedish Energy Agency grants PowerCell $1.4M loan for the development of next-generation fuel cell APU system

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Further, since no combustion takes place, the noise level is reduced ( 30%, after DC/DC), making fuel cost low compared to traditional diesel-fueled APU solutions. The reformer module is combined with the fuel cell module by balancing the heat and water in the system. A key property of the PowerCell fuel cell system using diesel is that it does not require any additional water for the reforming process as long as the ambient air temperature is below 40°C.

2014 60

Eltek to supply on-board chargers for Volvo Car Corporation plug-in hybrid program

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Under the agreement, Eltek will supply complete water-cooled on-board chargers with volume production starting in 2012. This is intended to be mounted against a cold-plate, water-cooled or with a sufficient heat transfer capacity for the environmental specification applicable. Eltek is a global provider of high-efficiency power electronics, with experience supplying DC power systems and battery charging to applications in telecom, railways and power utilities.

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Let the Conversion.Begin!

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Classic Red 914 AC vs. Modern Blue Civic DC conversion! I'll be sure to bring extra water to fight off dehydration. Whoosh! Today was loads of fun. The conversion process has started and the Civic is out of commission and up on jack stands.

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BRUSA electric drive components now available in 750-volt versions; targeted for commercial and very high performance

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This bidirectional DC/DC converter was designed primarily for fuel-cell applications, functioning as the link between the fuel cells, HV battery and drive. The new 720V version is also available as an air-cooled and water-cooled version. BRUSA 750V electric drive components.

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Toyota pops the hood on the technology of the fuel cell Mirai at SAE World Congress

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Conventionally, this is handled by recirculating water from the FC stack air outlet to the FC stack air inlet through a humidifier. The designers optimized the geometry and surface wettability of the flow field to draw water generated by the MEGA to the back surface of the 3D flow field.

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HaloIPT to provide induction charging system for Phantom EE

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The pickup controller takes power from the receiver pad and provides a controlled output to the batteries, typically ranging from 250V to 400V DC. The H-bridge drives the primary side of a transformer via a DC blocking capacitor C b , which prevents DC current flow in the transformer primary.

2011 78

Green Motion Retractable Electric Propulsion and Generation System for Sailing Yachts in Production

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The Green Motion system is virtually fossil free and even cooking and hot water is made with the electricity produced by the motors/generators, solar panels and a wind generator.

2009 78

Optare Introduces Battery-Electric Bus

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The motor controller contains the power inverter to drive the motor, two 8kW AC inverters for the power steering and air compressor drives, and a 24V DC-DC converter to charge the standard vehicle batteries. This is contained in one fully sealed and water-cooled unit.

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Nikola Motor unveils prototype Class 8 fuel cell range-extended electric truck, plans for H2 fueling network

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The device takes in energy from the fuel cell stack and delivers it to the batteries at a constant 800V DC. The 800V chiller provides cold water to cool the batteries and, like many parts on the truck, was custom built.

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Two Audi TDI technology studies with electric biturbo, 48V electrical systems; both technologies to go into series production

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A DC/DC converter provides the connection to the 12-volt electrical system. V6 TDI bi-turbo with electric compressor. Click to enlarge.

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Ionova Technologies says ZIP-Cap ultracapacitors can offer 5x increase in energy density and 25x reduction in build cost (updated with graphic)

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Alternatively, aqueous (water-based) asymmetric ultracapacitors can provide improvements not only in cost, safety and in some cases, environmental impact, but can also provide greater energy and power densities than the non-aqueous approach.

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2013 GS 450h EPA-rated at 31 mpg combined; 35% improvement over preceding generation

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The cooling performance of the hybrid system’s Power Control Unit (PCU) helps reduce fuel consumption and has been improved through the adoption of dual cooling paths and a single-piece, integrated DC/DC converter. 2013 Lexus GS 450h. Click to enlarge.

Good Energies, Google and Marubeni Investing in Offshore Wind Backbone

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The Mid-Atlantic region offers more than 60,000 MW of offshore wind potential in relatively shallow waters that extend miles out to sea. Energy investor Good Energies, Google and Marubeni Corporation are investing in the Atlantic Wind Connection (AWC) backbone transmission project.

Ionova Technologies says ZIP-Cap ultracapacitors can offer 5x increase in energy density and 25x reduction in build cost (updated with graphic)

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Alternatively, aqueous (water-based) asymmetric ultracapacitors can provide improvements not only in cost, safety and in some cases, environmental impact, but can also provide greater energy and power densities than the non-aqueous approach.

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