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|OA, it say's 18 tonne in the article. The problem with 7.5 tonners is that they tend to weigh more than they can carry once they have a tail lift fitted, thus the extra weight of a kers is not very welcome. Magnomatics was spun out of Sheffield University to develop magnetic transmission systems. Do they have a high speed flywheel, or some other cunning device?
"Working with Magnomatics Limited, Calor will convert two of its 18 tonne LPG tankers to ground-breaking hybrid drive technology, which has been coupled with a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) as is commonly used in Formula One cars. The aim is to achieve significant fuel economy and an associated reduction in vehicle emissions."|
|7.5 ton actually.|
|OA, the thing is TRK have never gone after end users, they have always gone cap-in-hand to the OEM's, where they will have been received politely whilst being ignored due to vested interests within those large companies. The real end users very interested in fuel economy, reliability and lower maintenance are the operators of large fleets of delivery vans, such as Royal Mail and UPS. Has TRK ever approached Royal Mail I wonder? I very much doubt it. Have TRK ever put together a Trannie van with an IVT, again I very much doubt it.
Did Tesla go to the OEM's and say "we know how to make an efficient leccy car", no they went direct to potential end users and pre-sold them the article. TRK might be good boffins but they are utterly clueless at business. Although two previous head honcho's were very good at looking after their own pockets!
Now we have Calor Gas getting a wedge of government money (your's and my money) to do some sort of KERS of their own in an 18 tonner, ie a 10 tonne capacity truck, the sort that mostly does multi drops.|
|talking of boats I think we are sunk|
|Mentioning missing boats ! Boats, Ships and Tankers also pollute . Market there! Can V-charge( V for Versatile ) be adapted to the maritime .Also a saving on fuel costs . World market there. Nets need to be cast from the other side of the boat.|
|TRK missing the boat again?
Surely TRK could have done this for much less than that!|
|ns funding to develop world’s first hybrid LPG tanker
Calor Gas is committed to leading the way in reducing its transport emissions. As part of this strategy, Calor has helped secure funding from the Department for Transport and Innovate UK to develop the world’s first hybrid LPG truck as part of their Low Emission Freight and Logistics Trial. The Government’s trial is one important step towards a future of improved air quality and reduced carbon emissions across the UK.
Working with Magnomatics Limited, Calor will convert two of its 18 tonne LPG tankers to ground-breaking hybrid drive technology, which has been coupled with a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) as is commonly used in Formula One cars. The aim is to achieve significant fuel economy and an associated reduction in vehicle emissions.
The great thing about this technology is that it harnesses the wasted energy produced when the engine is less active. For example, when a vehicle drives downhill, the excess energy created is lost. With KERS installed, you can store up the excess energy and use it when the engine needs to work harder, using less fuel in the process.
Previous tests have shown a calculated fuel saving of up to 30%. The trial, which is set to begin in April 2017, will look to prove the combined technologies’ effectiveness out in the real world.
The total project cost is £1.92m, of which the UK Government is providing £1.26m. For its part, Calor will be receiving £111,750 of funding which represents 50% of its costs incurred in relation to the project.
The new trial is one of 20 chosen as part of a government run competition to showcase new and innovative technologies.
Transport Minister John Hayes said “It is fantastic that Calor is willing to explore low and zero emission technologies, which will help improve air quality and reduce pollution in towns and cities’’.
David Brown, Calor’s Fleet Asset Manager said “This is excellent news as the Government funding will help the development happen much more quickly. If it is successful we will end up with a 21st century sustainable solution for reducing emissions and costs associated with our LPG deliveries’217;.|
|Renault has been accused by investigators of cheating emissions tests for as long as 25 years, according to a French newspaper.
French consumer protection agency DGCCRF has said that alongside falsifying emissions tests for more than two decades, the car maker’s top executives, including boss Carlos Ghosn, are likely to have been aware.|
|PWell we'll see. Storage is key to accelerating solar and wind usage. Over speccing will happen as PV becomes more and more economic. I don't claim error free forecasting , and I think the project I can get the hots for...geothermal from Iceland via interconnect will never happen.Best .|
|Gordon Screaming Bennett!!!
Titanic Timpanic Tintinabulations!!!!
With that last one, I seem to have exceeded the capacity of IE9's spellchecker and blown its mind. Ha!|
It's likely that cars of the future will include diesel technology that combines clean-emission techniques, power and fuel economy, Hillebrand said. When engineers analyze the diesel-engine combustion process, they have found that there are some pressures and temperatures that produce high levels of soot or NOx. But some temperature and pressure regimes get efficient fuel combustion without producing either pollutant.
Hillebrand's team is developing low-temperature combustion systems that aim to do just that. These systems either precisely time fuel injection or even use gasoline and diesel fuel at different times in the car's operation to hit that sweet spot, he said. These experimental systems, however, need a lot more engineering before they're a marketable solution, he added.|
30 Jan '17 - 11:04 - 13524
Belated reply ... nothing to do with you or any post and was just my own thoughts|
Not entirely. Gov policy = The UK has privatized power generation and liberalized its electricity market, which together make major capital investments problematic.
The first of some 19 GWe of new-generation plants is expected to be on line by 2025. The government aims to have 16 GWe of new nuclear capacity operating by 2030, with no restriction on foreign equity.And this will only equate to about 25% of our energy requirement and full electrification automobiles probably not factored in.Renewables will never keep pace unfortunately definetly not in several decades I have never read the Switch but fully support solar power generation over nuclear power but renewables currently only generate around 15% of energy requirment.Germany has a shortfall because of the failure of Wind We should keep the clean diesel technologies to reduce respiratory distress and help fill that gaping energy gap. .Thank you for your post and interest
|Prion. Wrong. Read key book "the Switch" . Renewables inevitable.All from the nuclear reactor in the sky. The Sun, son|
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|Interesting that Ford chose to use Vcharge along with turbocharging.|
|MrBT, thanks from me too.|