BLUEBIRD™ - MASS ENERGY STORAGE TECHNOLOGY
EUROSTATIONS - THE DEVONSHIRE PROJECT: Shown here is a Bluebird™ 3.6MW solar assisted service station containing 60 cartridges on a continuous charge cycle. Five of these stations (18MW) can recharge (refuel) 10 cars a minute. Next time you visit your BP or Tesco fuel pump, count the number of cars leaving the station in a minute. You will find that an electric forecourt holds the potential to be quicker. During rush hour, 300 cars might be serviced in one hour. During an eight hour day 2,400 cars might be serviced - with the equivalent battery charge cycle of one hour - so less harmful to batteries than curbside fast charging and we start every morning with 60 slow charged cartridges from off-peak supplies. The same forecourt might be used to service fuel-cell cars powered by liquid hydrogen. One size fits all.
UNIVERSAL - Two basic concept designs for a Universal energy cartridge, both with 8 cubic feet of storage capacity. It is not so much the shape of the cartridge, it is that the ends are compatible with the car and any eventual service station. The pick-up and contact point details are not shown here due to patent laws prohibiting advance publication. Any shape cartridge may be suitable for a Bluebird™ service forecourt, provided that the basic "Universal" dimensions are adhered to. We will release these details one the applicable patent is in the processing pipeline. For any production car, we'd like to change the shape to a low profile design that is wider - still using the Universal connections of course.
FUEL CELLS - FCH JTI PROGRAMME 2014
The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (FCH) JTI is focused on securing long-term clean energy supplies for Europe in addition to the reduction of greenhouse gas emission from the energy and transport sectors.
fuel cell is basically an electric chemical converter of fuel directly
into electricity and heat, rather than traditional combustion. The fuel
we are using is hydrogen, it is a very environmentally friendly
gas. We try to improve the technology in both making hydrogen and
converting hydrogen into cheaper, greener electricity – more
HORIZON 2020 - TRANSPORT RESEARCH & INNOVATION - FCH2
The JTI was re-launched at the start of 2014 with extra funding and a focus on developing “clean, efficient and affordable fuel cells and hydrogen technologies”. It is important to invest in energy storage technology.
We are very happy to see that Commission proposals are set to receive an important increase in our budget, with a focus on energy storage – energy storage is something mankind has have never come to terms with and we have never found a good solution to store energy in large quantities. The problem is not the availability of the energy, it’s the storage.”
The Bluebird™ cartridge exchange system is suitable for use for fuel cells and batteries. This feature is considered to be the versatility that is missing at the moment, and is one of the reasons that there are no fuel cell cars in mass production at the moment.
The ECOSTAR BE4 is shown here to scale alongside a universal Bluebird™ energy cartridge of the form suitable for most supermini city cars of today. The Ecostar is a very small and low sports car. Whereas, the service station is designed to accommodate large vans. These drawings are to give you some idea of the size plot of land that is needed. The example service station is shown here with solar panels on the roof. There would be nothing to stop an operator from having other buildings and land with more solar panels to harvest renewable energy. In addition, a service station like this is a load-leveling device for power generating stations that are on tickover between peaks. You might ask why then, that there are currently no utilities looking at this project? The reason is that coal is much cheaper for them to burn, regardless of climate change - and there is nothing to stop them doing so. Because, 2030 Euro targets are not binding on member states. Check out the report by Business Monitor International.
STUMBLING BLOCKS TO MARKET ACCEPTANCE
Ask any motorist and they'll tell you that the only reason they don't trade in their petrol cars for pure clean EVs is the range limitation of currently available models.
Hybrids are one possible answer to the transition problem, but these too are not equipped with the all essential cartridge system to be able to take the next step. We would like to see all motor manufacturers agree a universal format to prevent a format war in the future which will inevitably see consumers losing out at some stage.
ENSTO group EVC charging points Australia
The invitation is to all manufacturers to design a prototype EV with a battery cartridge exchange system built in. It's not difficult, our design consultant produced two loading systems in his home garage by hand (see below). The technology exists but will need to be adapted and refined by each manufacturer's engineers for their own vehicles. For that to happen open communication between companies is essential, or at least confidential communication when it comes to manufacturer's chassis refinements, but open communication when it comes to agreeing the basics, such as the capacity and shape of a Universal Cartridge.
Once there are a sufficient number of pre-production prototypes from different manufacturers, energy suppliers will want to build service stations to service those vehicles. We would suggest timing the construction of these service forecourts to coincide with the launch of EVs equipped with instant cartridge refueling. We hope that the present $10 billion fund for such innovation might tempt companies such as: Amoco, BP, Chevron, Mobil, and Texaco to explore the opportunity that the Bluebird Ecostar™ system presents.
There is a system for charging at service forecourts which calculates depreciation and energy costs called Pay As You Drive (PAYD). This system gives further protection and advantages to serious clean motorists. In tandem with the development of EV service stations, we would advocate roadside charging points for motorists, especially in cities and larger towns. These may provide top up charging for motorists that don't travel very far. Whereas, cartridge exchange provides unlimited range for business and tourism, etc. It's a logical and necessary development for mankind, if he is to continue to enjoy the present level of transportation when the oil runs out.
If you are an energy company interested in supplying electricity for EVs equipped with the cartridge exchange instant refueling system, we would like to hear from you. We hope to generate interest from energy companies around the world, to be able to form a consortium, to share costs and take into account the requirements of your country when formulating a Universal Cartridge based service station.
Motor manufacturers who are interested in exploring the possibilities for this technology should contact us. We will be pleased to advise if a particular floorpan of any of your production vehicles may be adapted easily to use the Bluebird Ecostar™ cartridge refueling system.
This is an example (from GB2253379) of how not to introduce cost effective forecourts. In this scenario the car does not contribute to the process so the forecourt needs expensive underground and overground installations that our latest patent application overcomes. We cannot though reveal at the moment how the improved system works.
This innovation is the logical next step in the evolution of electric vehicles. You wouldn't buy a petrol car without a starter motor, so why buy an electric car without a traction battery unloading/loading mechanism built in?
Service forecourts designed to deliver Bluebird Ecostar™ battery cartridges, only have to concern themselves with delivering a cartridge to the forecourt and collecting the spent/returned cartridge. Ecostar™ forecourts are therefore simpler and cheaper to install and will operate on a cycle with fewer moving parts. It's like comparing a piston engine with a turbine.
With Bluebird Ecostar it will be possible to service an equivalent number of cars per day, as compared to any normal petrol service station. This means that a total transition from petrol cars to EVs is possible by 2030.
THE DEVONSHIRE PROJECT: In this map of Eastbourne, 5 Bluebird™ EV service stations [shown in green] could (subject to feasibility study) service the whole town. Couple those five stations with solar car parks, and even more savings could be made - heading for truly green low cost transport. But it's not all economics, think about better local health from cleaner air. What might that mean for our NHS bill in years to come?
Key locations include: 1. Kings Drive Hospital 2. Lottbridge Drove Seaside 3. Asda Sovereign Harbour 4. Hampden Park Cross Levels 5. Eastbourne Upperton Road.
CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST JUNE 2012 No: 68454
Promotion of electric vehicle technologies
EOIs will be accepted from industry, industrial associations, small and medium sized enterprises, municipalities and municipal utilities, R&D organizations, technology developers, and not-for-profit organizations.
The CCEMC is interested in receiving proposals in the following areas:
* Wind (both utility-scale and micro generation)
* Geothermal energy
* Hydro power (both run-of-river and micro generation)
* Solar energy (thermal, photovoltaic and concentrated)
* Energy from biomass (combustion, anaerobic digestion and gasification)
* Bioenergy (biofuels, biogas, biosludge, landfill gas, etc.)
* Energy storage systems for use on renewable power sources
Siim Kallas is an Estonian politician, currently serving as European Commissioner for Transport. He is also one of five vice-presidents of the 27-member Barroso Commission. The EU is currently supporting research for a sustainable zero carbon future, particularly for energy storage solutions, which might utilize fuels cells or batteries, or a combination of technology. The cartridge energy transfer system is the common denominator that gives fuels cells an easy way into a constantly changing market place - where at the moment it has no chance.
THE PROPOSAL: ‘BLUEBIRD UNIVERSAL EV SERVICE STATION (SMART CITY) PROTOTYPE’
RANGE ANXIETY - The blend of technology outlined above promises an innovative energy efficient vehicle and support infrastructure necessary that fulfills the aspirations of the Canadian authorities and member states of the European Union.
CLEAN MOTORING - Electric vehicles incorporating a means of instant refuelling could make road transport clean and practical by eliminating the limited ranges of fixed battery EVs, which are perceived as less practical by the at present long parked-up recharge times.
BATTERY CARTRIDGE CHARGING - The battery cartridge charging stations shall comply with the EU legislation and international standards, such as IEC 61000. Alternatively, battery cartridges may be recharged via a charger of the onboard type in any country within the EU and US. For road cars, a smart-card Pay As You Drive (PAYD) system may be developed for forecourt style commercial battery cartridge exchanges.
ELECTROMAGNETIC COMPATIBILITY (EMC) – The Ecostar Universal SS will be designed to meet with or exceed the tolerable limits set for electromagnetic disturbances as defined in EU legislation. and shall take into account additional issues not covered totally or partially by the latter, such as those related to connections to the power grid.
(1) Scheduled start-up date for the project: ASAP 2013
(2) The duration of the design phase is 12 months..
(3) The duration of the prototype construction is 12 months.
A sight like this could be a thing of the past, if we all use electric cars. Our system is not the cure for cancer, but every little helps.
TECHNOLOGY IMPROVING SOLAR AND FUEL BATTERY SYSTEMS
NineSigma, representing a multi-billion dollar electrical manufacturer, is seeking technical information regarding enhancements and improvements for Solar and Fuel Cell battery systems, by providing additional benefits in conjunction with photovoltaic (PV) panels and fuel cells (FC).
The deadline to submit Proposal Briefs for NineSigma RFI# 70389, "Technology Improving for Solar and Fuel Battery Systems" is Monday, February 24, 2014. Please let me know if you are interested in responding but cannot provide a proposal by this date. This reminder does not represent a complete description of the project. A full description, associated documents, and discussion forum can be found on the RFI page of our NineSights community, accessible online at: http://www.ninesights.com/docs/DOC-10035
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The world's fastest electric circuit racers need a system to recharge fuel cells instantly during pit stops. The Formula E concept design above incorporates the patent Bluebird™ instant energy transfer system - allowing EV refueling in around 10 seconds, whether hydrogen or lithium. Get your free developer License from Bluebird Marine Systems Ltd.
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