Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors





Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


android tablet pc

Home > Press > New Revelations at Future of Electric Vehicles San Jose

Abstract:
The inaugural IDTechEx electric vehicle event in San Jose, California was a great success and it will now be repeated annually in three continents. As promised, all forms of electric vehicle were covered allowing leading edge developers of very different vehicles, with very similar materials and component challenges, to meet for the first time. Delegates from as far afield as Europe, New Zealand, India, Korea and China were fascinated by the exhibition of a Hawkes Ocean Technologies submarine that flies underwater, a 200 mph silent Formula One Racing car from Kleenspeed and other awesome electric vehicles on display.

New Revelations at Future of Electric Vehicles San Jose

San Jose, CA | Posted on December 13th, 2010

Media buzz

Korean television and other media in attendance filmed sparkling interviews from experts alongside these vehicles. Some of these experts foresee planes that fly, dive and submarine and NASA and others scoped silent personal planes, some with vertical takeoff. NASA is offering the largest prize in the history of aviation - $1.5 million for an exceptionally fuel efficient plane - and we heard from a German contestant. By contrast, lake boats were presented - increasingly the only option as internal combustion engines are forbidden on lakes and rivers across the world. The car aspect was not ignored however and BMW, Nissan and Fiat provided fascinating views and announcements. Detailed market statistics for all types of electric vehicle were shared.

Born electric

It is commendable that the best-selling Cessna aircraft is receiving a pure electric powertrain for trials and many conventional cars, trucks, buses, boats and other vehicles are having electric drives shoehorned into them. However, Professor Pietro Perlo of Fiat Central Research insisted that, for maximum benefits, vehicles must be "born electric". He is developing small pure electric cars because they have the clearest business case, being lower cost, not just non-polluting at point of use. However, he is cautious about the first generation in-wheel motors. Others are using them confidently.

Professor Shashank Priya of Virginia Tech showed how the born electric approach has led to robot jellyfish using electroactive polymers. It is leading to the largely wireless car using self-powered piezoelectric sensors and actuators: that includes smart tires based on energy harvesting and supercapacitors. His Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems has even developed piezo transformers and the printing of ceramic at speed to form structures that efficiently sense many parameters. Supercabatteries were covered by others, underlining the need for land, sea and air vehicle developers to share experience of a host of new components they are using.

Disagreement and debate

Many of the developers were able to talk to each other for the first time at the event. A feature of the conference was the disagreement about key components and design rules and the need for those making electric vehicles to learn from those making electric planes and so on. For example, most on-road electric vehicles are moving to high voltages, even 700 volts in some cases, in order to use high efficiency drives. However, Kleenspeed is revisiting 120 volt drives to save cost and, surprisingly, weight. Other challenges to conventional thinking that have credible backing and rollout programs included tiny Bladon Jets fitted as range extenders in the new Jaguar supercar concept and eagerly chased by many delegates including for aircraft. Contrarian thinking also came from AFS Trinity Power Corporation making supercapacitors do most of the work in hybrids, with batteries in a reduced role.

Grid, infrastructure and community

Grid, infrastructure and community issues were discussed with several trials analysed and a plea for standardisation and optimal tariff-driven balancing to the grid. Charging stations are expected to become much more sophisticated in their interface to the grid. Open protocols do not exist in many countries and they are badly needed.

Seeing the future of traction batteries

On-road vehicle makers shun third generation traction batteries such as lithium sulfur, fearing for safety, but they are already used in electric aircraft and military off road vehicles. 1kWh/kg is achieved with lithium air and lithium water, where carbonate based electrolytes have proved a dead end. Presenter PolyPlus Battery Company claimed to have cracked this problem, having moved on from lithium sulfur focus. Indeed, with its compliant seal, its batteries are pressure tolerant for EVs at great depths under the ocean and rival the energy density of gasoline. 1 kWh/liter and 600 wh/kg are being targeted under a recent ARPA-E grant. This work and that of Sion Energy on lithium sulfur target 300 miles affordable range for pure electric land and air vehicles. Toyota and IBM recognise that here is the future. Meanwhile, 1.3 kWh/kg and 700 Wh/liter has been achieved with a damage tolerant lithium water battery for marine use that has no self-discharge. A pilot line is planned next.

By contrast, Oxis Energy said it is applying its polymer lithium sulfur batteries first to two wheelers based on increased safety, range and cost because car manufacturers are very cautious.They may adopt in 2014. This speaker noted problems with conventional lithium-ion batteries following the burning of a UPS plane in September that was carrying them. 360-400 Wh/liter 400-800 Wh/kg with excellent safety is claimed by Oxis Energy. Cyclability needs work but cyclability demands of e-bikes are modest. The self-discharge problem may be solved. There was no consensus about the potential for fuel cell power over the next ten years. The decades of trials continue and there are a few cautious rollouts. Energy harvesting and smart skin are among the key enabling technologies for the future.

Future of Electric Vehicles Europe will take place in June 2011 in Munich, Germany. See www.idtechex.com/evEurope for more.

####

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Cara van Heest

Copyright © IDTechEx

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

Chemistry

Thinnest feasible membrane produced April 17th, 2014

Targeting cancer with a triple threat: MIT chemists design nanoparticles that can deliver three cancer drugs at a time April 15th, 2014

Scientists Succeed in Simultaneous Determination of Acetaminophen, Codeine in Drug Samples April 9th, 2014

Good vibrations: Using light-heated water to deliver drugs - Researchers use near-infrared light to warm water-infused polymeric particles April 1st, 2014

Marine/Watercraft

XPRIZE Opens Team Registration for $2 Million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE: Teams From Private, Public, and Social Sectors Encouraged to Compete in Global Competition to Revolutionize Ocean pH Sensor Technology February 12th, 2014

Paving the way for real-world nanotechnology products September 29th, 2013

Zycraft Completes Phase 1 Development of Vigilant Unmanned Surface Vessel September 20th, 2013

Research and Markets: Global Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials Industry - 2013 Report June 24th, 2013

Announcements

Study finds long-term survival of human neural stem cells transplanted into primate brain April 23rd, 2014

High-Performance, Low-Cost Ultracapacitors Built with Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes: Future devices based on technology could bridge gap between batteries and conventional capacitors in portable electronics and hybrid electric vehicles April 23rd, 2014

Guo Lab Shows Potential of RNA as Heat-resistant Polymer Material for Nanoarchitectures April 23rd, 2014

National Space Society Congratulates SpaceX on the Success of CRS-3 and the First Flight of the Falcon 9R April 22nd, 2014

Military

Cloaked DNA nanodevices survive pilot mission: Successful foray opens door to virus-like DNA nanodevices that could diagnose diseased tissues and manufacture drugs to treat them April 22nd, 2014

'Exotic' material is like a switch when super thin April 18th, 2014

Tiny particles could help verify goods: Chemical engineers hope smartphone-readable microparticles could crack down on counterfeiting April 15th, 2014

Targeting cancer with a triple threat: MIT chemists design nanoparticles that can deliver three cancer drugs at a time April 15th, 2014

Energy

Like a hall of mirrors, nanostructures trap photons inside ultrathin solar cells April 22nd, 2014

Global leader in solar cell manufacturing eyes New York for major expansion outside of Japan: CNSE and Solar Frontier Explore $700 Million Investment, Job Creation in New York State April 22nd, 2014

Nanoreporters tell 'sour' oil from 'sweet': Rice University's hydrogen sulfide nanoreporters gather intel on oil before pumping April 22nd, 2014

High-temperature plasmonics eyed for solar, computer innovation April 17th, 2014

Automotive/Transportation

High-Performance, Low-Cost Ultracapacitors Built with Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes: Future devices based on technology could bridge gap between batteries and conventional capacitors in portable electronics and hybrid electric vehicles April 23rd, 2014

Relieving electric vehicle range anxiety with improved batteries: Lithium-sulfur batteries last longer with nanomaterial-packed cathode April 16th, 2014

Tiny particles could help verify goods: Chemical engineers hope smartphone-readable microparticles could crack down on counterfeiting April 15th, 2014

Nanotech Business Review 2013-2014 April 9th, 2014

Aerospace/Space

National Space Society Congratulates SpaceX on the Success of CRS-3 and the First Flight of the Falcon 9R April 22nd, 2014

Tiny particles could help verify goods: Chemical engineers hope smartphone-readable microparticles could crack down on counterfeiting April 15th, 2014

NASA Engineers Prepare Game Changing Cryotank for Testing April 9th, 2014

Space Industry Leaders Countdown To Space Tech Expo 2014 – Opening Next Week: Space Tech Expo and Conference 2014 opens its doors at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach April 1 – 3 March 30th, 2014

Battery Technology/Capacitors/Generators/Piezoelectrics/Thermoelectrics

High-Performance, Low-Cost Ultracapacitors Built with Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes: Future devices based on technology could bridge gap between batteries and conventional capacitors in portable electronics and hybrid electric vehicles April 23rd, 2014

Transparent Conductive Films and Sensors Are Hot Segments in Printed Electronics: Start-ups in these fields show above-average momentum, while companies working on emissive displays such as OLED are fading, Lux Research says April 17th, 2014

Relieving electric vehicle range anxiety with improved batteries: Lithium-sulfur batteries last longer with nanomaterial-packed cathode April 16th, 2014

Catching the (Invisible) Wave: UC Santa Barbara researchers create a unique semiconductor that manipulates light in the invisible infrared/terahertz range, paving the way for new and enhanced applications April 11th, 2014

Events/Classes

PETA science consortium to present hazard testing strategy at nanotoxicology meeting: High tech field ripe for use of sophisticated non-animal testing strategies April 22nd, 2014

National Space Society Congratulates SpaceX on the Success of CRS-3 and the First Flight of the Falcon 9R April 22nd, 2014

INSCX™ exchange to present Exchange trade reporting mechanism for engineered nanomaterials (NMs) to UK regulation agencies, insurers and upstream/downstream users April 17th, 2014

'Life Redesigned: The Emergence of Synthetic Biology' Lecture at Brookhaven Lab on Wednesday, April 30: Biomedical Engineer James Collins to Speak for BSA Distinguished Lecture Series April 16th, 2014

Fuel Cells

University of Surrey collaborates with India and Tata Steel to revolutionise renewable energy March 26th, 2014

Novel membrane reveals water molecules will bounce off a liquid surface: Study may lead to more efficient water-desalination systems, fundamental understanding of fluid flow March 16th, 2014

Big Step for Next-Generation Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers: Researchers at Berkeley and Argonne National Labs Discover Highly Promising New Class of Nanocatalyst February 27th, 2014

Research and applications of iron oxide nanoparticles February 26th, 2014

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE







  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More














ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







© Copyright 1999-2014 7th Wave, Inc. All Rights Reserved PRIVACY POLICY :: CONTACT US :: STATS :: SITE MAP :: ADVERTISE