New micro hybrid cars could cut CO2 emissions

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The micro-hybrid technologies include an electric supercharger, a belt-integrated starter/generator and a carbon-enhanced advanced VRLA UltraBattery. Tags: Green cars Hybrid cars Latest news AVT Controlled Power Technologies micro hybrid cars micro hybrid technologies VRLA UltraBattery

Penn State researchers developing methods to prolong operating life of valve regulated lead-acid batteries; electric locomotive as example

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A team of Penn State researchers is developing more cost-effective ways to prolong the life of valve regulated lead-acid (VRLA) batteries, such as those applied in Norfolk Southern Railway No. The operating environment, manufacturing variability, and use can cause different degradation mechanisms to dominate capacity loss inside valve regulated lead-acid (VRLA) batteries.

Forecast puts global lead acid battery market at $76.44B by 2022

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VRLA (valve-regulated lead-acid) batteries are forecast to grow at a CAGR of 6.4% In a new report, Grand View Research, Inc. forecasts that the global lead acid battery market will reach US$76.44 billion by 2022. Growth of the automotive industry in Indonesia, Mexico, India, Vietnam and Thailand is expected to propel the industry.

GS Yuasa US subsidiary introduces line of lead-acid batteries for renewable energy markets

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The ECO R product line consists of four advanced lead acid, VRLA (Valve-regulated Lead-Acid Battery) products. GS Battery (USA) Inc. , a US subsidiary of GS Yuasa Group of Japan, introduced the ECO R line of advanced storage batteries targeting the renewable energy market. ECO R SLC70-4V is a 70 Ah, 4 volt design with nano-carbon technology using tubular plate and patented granular silica technology. This robust design provides up to 4,000 deep discharge cycles.

CPT/AVL Study: New Generation of Micro-Hybrid Technologies Can Enable More than 25% Reduction in Fuel Consumption at Lower Cost Than Full Hybrid Drive Systems

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The use of a carbon-enhanced valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) battery will help maximize energy recuperation during deceleration, fully realizing SpeedStart’s potential for high power generation and hence electrical energy recovery. Reductions in fuel consumption and CO 2 from base 2.0-liter ELC-Hybrid to downsized 1.4L VTES + SpeedStart. Click to enlarge.

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Pike Research forecasts global stop-start vehicle sales to reach 37M units annually by 2020; 16:1 ratio over HEVs

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Pike sees the market being dominated by enhanced flooded batteries (EFBs) and valve regulate lead-acid (VRLA) batteries, along with a small number of Li-ion batteries. Annual sales of SSVs and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), world markets, 2011-2017. Source: Pike Research. Click to enlarge.

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Firefly Energy Receives Additional $3.3 Million Army Contract for Further Enhancement of Microcell Lead Acid Technology

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Firefly’s microcell battery technology delivering 4-6 times the lifetime energy compared with traditional Valve Regulated Lead Acid (“VRLA”) batteries. Firefly Energy has signed a $3.3 million contract extension for continuing enhancement of its first two advanced battery technology designs.

UK Collaboration Develops Plug-in Hybrid Retrofit for Conventional Vehicles

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The development team retained the existing conventional front-wheel-drive system of the Combo but added an electric drive, powered via low-cost valve regulated lead-acid (VRLA) batteries, to the rear wheels.

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Controlled Power Technologies and Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium to unveil LC Super Hybrid at Geneva show; low-cost “micro-mild” demonstrator

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Technologies include an electric supercharger; next generation belt-integrated starter generator with an advanced belt tensioning system; carbon enhanced valve regulated lead–acid (VRLA) batteries which avoid the need for supercapacitors, and higher gear ratios to reduce engine speed.

Honda announces second plug-in vehicle testing program; Japan joins US, China may follow

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VRLA (lead-acid), Panasonic. The plug-in hybrid electric test vehicle for Japan. Click to enlarge. Honda Motor Co., announced its second Electric Vehicle Testing Program, this one with Saitama Prefecture for its next-generation personal mobility products, including electric vehicles (EVs); plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs); electric scooters; and electric carts.

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Axion supplying PbC batteries to Norfolk Southern for all-battery switcher and working on line-haul hybrid locomotives; micro-hybrid and stationary expansion

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Micro-hybrid testing against VRLA. The battery-electric NS-999, “under the long hood”. Source: NS. Click to enlarge. In April, Axion Power International Inc received an order from Norfolk Southern Corp (NS) for PbC lead-carbon batteries for use in an all-battery-powered switcher locomotive.

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