||Jan 11th 2005
Canadian scientists have come up with an infrared-sensitive plastic
that they believe can capture up to 30 percent of the sun's power, compared
to just 6 percent tapped by today's solar cells. The researchers, at the
University of Toronto, say a polymer film based on the material could be
painted or sprayed on to just about anything, including clothing, making
any object a charger for portable devices. One researcher told the Canadian
Press that the film could be woven into shirts to allow "collars or cuffs"
to charge iPods.
||29 March, 2005
Toshiba Corporation today announced a breakthrough in lithium-ion batteries
that makes long recharge times a thing of the past. The company's new battery
can recharge 80% of a battery's energy capacity in only one minute, approximately
60 times faster than the typical lithium-ion batteries in wide use today,
and combines this fast recharge time with performance-boosting improvements
in energy density.
Tesla motors has developed the next generation of electric car, the Tesla Roadster. This 100% electric vehicle is capable of going from 0 to 60 in about 4 seconds and has a top speed of over 130 MPH.The Tesla Roadster has a range of 250 miles per battery charge and is powered by 6,831 rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, similar to the batteries used in most laptop computers. A full recharge of the batteries takes only 3 1/2 hours. Li-Ion batteries are good for 500 charge/discharge cycles. With 250 miles of range this works out to 125,000 miles, with a conservative estimate of 100,000 miles before battery replacement. Tesla Motors even has a Solar Option that provides solar power energy for your Tesla Roadster. They can arrange installation of solar panels for your home. This pollution-free electricity is fed into the grid and directly off-sets the electricity that you use to charge your Tesla Roadster.
Contruct a vehicle like the Tesla Roadster but use Toshiba's 2 minute charge time Lithium Ion batteries and U of Toronto's spray-on solar layer on the body. This solar-electric configuration, with it's high efficiency and very rapid charge time could allow electric vehicles to overtake combustion vehicles as the primary type of transport.
PML develops the Hi-Pa Drive™.