Oil, Just Add Water for greater Efficiency!!
For Greater Efficiency
Just Add Water!!
EcoloCap, the company I have been writing about recently, the same company that has a viable nano-technology battery about to come on production, have also another WOW factor innovation under their belt.
See my post: http://wood-pellet-ireland.blogspot.com/2010/05/ecolocap-to-build-factory-in-korea.html
Ecolocap have developed what they call M-Fuel, which is a way of blending oil with water using nano-technology.I know - I know - it sounds mad but it seems to work - read on:
M -Fuel is an emulsion consisting of 60% heavy oil, 40% water, and a 0.3% stabilizing additive. M-Fuel is manufactured in a Nano Processing Units (NPU), a self-contained device that is sized for output. The NPU’s can be configured to operate in conjunction with an engine or burner to supply M-Fuel on demand, or the stuff can be pre-manufactured and stored.How it Works
A NPU has three basic components: fuel intake, water intake and a blending chamber, or Nano
Generating Unit. The fuel intake unit has the ability to process just
about any oil, including diesel, contaminated waste oils, and used
cooking oils. The water unit can process any type of contaminated water
including seawater, once it is filtered of particulate matter.
The fuel and water are then measured into the Nano Generating Unit which works using an electro-mechanical high-energy field to combine these elements on a sub-micron level.
water molecules are split into H and O2, and the oil is broken down
into sub-micron bubbles. Each bubble absorbs a molecule of H or O2.
proprietary stabilizing additive acts to coat the molecules, giving
them a negative charge, allowing them to quickly disperse within a
combustion chamber.Why it Works
sized oil molecules have a diameter under half a micron. When sprayed
into a burner or engine the fuel presents some 10,000 to 20,000 times
greater surface area of a normal aspirated oil particle.
greatly increased air fuel surface area allows the micro oil droplets
to burn way more effectively. Combustion releases the trapped H and O2,
creating a secondary burn, producing water vapour. The formation of the
water vapour acts to cool the burn, and this in turn preventing
production of NOx.
claim that their M-Fuels give increased efficiency, reduced emissions
by up to 60%, reduced fuel consumption by some 40%, and overall cost
cutting by up to 25%.
The Nano Processing Units are scalable, customisable, and can be implemented without modifying existing equipment. The nano fuel can be burned in anything from lawn mowers to super tanker engines.Applications For the New Fuel
* On-Road Transportation: trucks, buses, public fleets, mass transit fleets, private fleets
* Off-Road Transportation: marine engines, locomotives, construction equipment
* Power Generation: large institutional heat sites, apartments complexes, hospitals, universities
* Industrial: power plants, boilers, furnaces, turbines, boilers, driers, kilns
Here is a modified outline of the company's system benefits listing:Economical Benefits include:
* Fuel consumption savings
* Ability to burn cheaper and dirtier fuels
* Reduction in maintenance of existing equipment
* Reduced combustion temperature peaks
* Shipping and storage savings
* Qualifies for Carbon Credit Trading
* Complete combustion and oxygen use
* Extends life of equipmentEcological Benefits include:
* Meets 2030 emission requirements
* Reduces SOx, NOx, CO, and CO2 emissions
* Eliminates particulate emissions of dust and ash
* Reduction in carbon, soot, and smoke build-up
* Recycles any contaminated water
* Recycles contaminated waste oil
* Qualifies for ‘green’ tax creditsEfficient Benefits:
* Increases primary and secondary atomization
* More complete and uniform burning temperature
* Increases thermal efficiency
* Reduces equipment cleaning costs
* Reduces acid mist and particulate formation
* Reduces back-end fouling and corrosionFuel and Equipment Flexibility:
* Utilises kerosene, diesel, waste oils, and bio-fuels
* No modification to burners or diesel engines
* NPUs can be sized for output consumption
* NPUs can be computer operated and remotely accessed
* No human intervention needed to operate the unit
* Fast installation and hassle free operation
Now all we just need some independent testing and verification, and then one very large NPU in every local district on the planet to process road and heating fuels. Oil companies take note!!!!!
Hope this is for real - but I do believe there is a major future in Nano Technology applications.
.An Enercon Turbine installed near TraleeEnercon willEstablish Technical Service Base in Tralee
the German wind turbine manufacturer, has announced that it is to
establish a technical service depot in Tralee. This, I think, is
appropriate given that many of the new turbines installed around the
county in recent times have been Enercons.
The Enercon wind
turbine is readily recognisable because it has a fat nacelle or housing
behind the rotor. The rotund nacelle is needed because Enercon turbines
are a gear free design using a very large diameter rotor that turns at
the same low speed as the blades. The design makes the turbine more
efficient and less service intensive.
The venture will create
about 30 jobs. The facility will be located in Tralee Technology Park.
It would be really nice to see Enercon set up a manufacturing facility
in Ireland!From Previous Contact with Enercon
time back, when I was making some initial enquiries connected with the
"Spirit of Ireland" initiative, I spoke with Mr Robin Borgert Enercons
regional sales manager.
The initial stimulation for making the
call was I wanted to get a ballpark cost for Enercon’s larger turbines.
Some very important pieces of information emerged in the course of the
1. Enercon would be prepared to move a good part
of its manufacturing facility to Ireland if contracted for a large
project. This would be very valuable to the country in term of jobs.
Enercon, in some installations, use concrete towers, these have several
advantages, cheaper, less stress mechanically, lower maintenance, and
interestingly (from an Irish perspective) can be produced locally.
Enercon offer a 12-year maintenance agreement, as distinct from Vestas
and Siemens who both offer 5-year contracts. The gearless design has a
longer life and less maintenance. The initial cost 0.6 cent per Kw/h
rising to 1.2 cent per Kw/h in the latter years.
4. Enercon E70 has an installed cost of €1 to €1.1m per megawatt. The larger machines have a higher cost. (Price at the time)
to further penalise
the less well off?
(with apologies to my readers for going off-subject again)
President Obama is making attempts to humanise and balance the health
system in the US, I have just read that the Irish Health Minister Mary
Harney is planning to bring into effect some rather shortsighted
regulation regarding private health insurance in Ireland.
plans to establish regulations making the cost of health insurance
higher for older people taking out a policy for the first time.
my case, and I am one of a very large number, I have not been able to
afford to take out health insurance during the years while rearing a
family, paying a mortgage, and basically trying to survive. If Minister
Harney has her way it will simply close the door permanently
on any health insurance and GUARANTEE that many older people are FORCED onto our very faulty public health schemes.Health Costs in Ireland a Rip-Off
costs in Ireland are the real problem. With consultants expecting to
earn 200 - 300,000 Euro per year. This factor along with one of the
most criminally inefficient health management systems in the world has
lead to Ireland being an unattractive place to live when it comes to
public health care.
The rip-off factor is showing when it comes
to dentistry. It costs between one third and a half of the Irish dental
costs to have treatments in mainland European treatment centres,
including the costs of staying at a 5 star hotel, have all connections,
meals etc. That spells Ireland in one word for me RIP-OFF!!!Suggestion
Minister Harney, would you perhaps consider taking the really radical
moves of (a) having a SINGLE health system in Ireland for ALL CITIZENS
regardless of means, along with (b) Strictly regulating all medical
fees and costs, setting limits on consultants fees etc. making it law
that doctors prescribe "generic" drugs, etc. etc. Would you then be
prepared to back that move, if necessary, by recruiting replacement
medical staff, to be employed on contracts, from Russia, Eastern
Europe, Asia etc. ? As it stands, IMHO, you are simply bowing to a
bloated, self-serving, greedy, overpaid, and essentially un-ethical
medical system which has evolved in Ireland.Joan Baez Song
has a two tier medical system which exemplifies the words of a Joan
Baez song; “If living were a thing that money could buy then the rich
would live and the poor would die”. If you have money and can afford
the best medical insurance, you can have your triple bypass in the
Blackrock Clinic, will live, if not, tough brother - you are just going
Great!! Isn’t it? Christian Ireland my arse!!!
Storing Wind Energy
Prof. Garvey has his
Bags Packed and Ready to Go
have already sketched the "Energy Bag" and Mega sized Turbine story.
This post is by way of a wrap-up on what I know of the project.
I have been unsuccessful in getting more information from Professor Garvey about his ideas.Bags Packed and Ready to GO!!
Garvey has already “packed his bags”, “Energy Bags” that is. Testing of
scale-model prototype Energy Bags has been going on for some time.
These Air Bags are quite small scale model versions to test the theoryHere is the lab set-up arrangementshowing the water tanks in which the bags are mountedStoring compressed air in bags?These air bags are strong enough to lift a ship!!!
project is funded with a €310,000 grant from the EON International
Research Initiative. Prof. Garvey believe that the green investment
market is out there and actively looking for what he has to offer. He
believes that the initial testing has already shown that the system can
The Prof. believes that more than 25% of ocean based wind
farms in the UK will use his integrated compressed air approach by 2025.
Good luck to Professor Garvey and his team in the testing phase.
Tony McGinle Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Minister Ryan's Electric Car Scheme
.Import €7bn of New Electric Cars?orRetrofit at a Fractional Cost?
is set on a path of becoming more energy sufficient and reducing its
carbon footprint. To that end, there has been a national drive, replete
with incentives, the latest being the €5000 grant towards the cost of a
new EV aimed at greatly increasing the number of electric vehicles (EVs)
on our roads. However, with the Mitsubishi electric car selling at
about €45,000 a pop, I cannot see a rush to buy them, even with the
My suggestion is that instead of importing 100% of the electric vehicles EVs over the coming years, and thereby sending some €7bn
(estimated), over 3 years, out of the country, that we set up a
government backed, uniquely managed, and centralised national electric
vehicle (EV) retro-fit conversion programme. The purpose of the
programme to manage the setting up of an infrastructure to convert, as
many existing cars and commercial vehicles as possible to electric
It is vital that a retrofit EV project is not left to
open market forces. It is equally vital that is does not fall prey to
the civil service or other forms of institutional thinking or political
The project would need a central purchasing and
warehousing facility, several regional retrofit factories, and a
collect and return facility. Training mechanics would need to be
undertaken on a national basis, Fás might be utilised here. Initially experts from the US would be needed to train the trainers.
The enterprise like this would need careful and expert planning, the extent of which is beyond my scope to outline.Why Retrofit EVs
Retrofitting ICE vehicles is a tried and tested strategy in the USA and
has been in operation for many years. Many people believe that
retrofits are better in quality and performance than most new EVs.
New types of highly efficient and cheaper batteries are soon coming
onto the market, these would make a retrofit better than a lot of
Existing car owners get to keep their favourite, comfortable, safe, and
familiar car or van. They could have it converted to an EV in a week or
less for a small fraction of the cost of buying a new EV
4. Converting would save Ireland overseas spending of billions of our Euros on imported new electric vehicles.
EV conversion factories would provide many jobs for mechanics at
central locations, and would additionally stimulate many ancillary
6. EV retrofitting would mitigate the cost of scrappage schemes and the need to deal with so many unwanted (ICE) vehicles.
7. The cost to owners would be a fraction of the cost of a new EV.
8. Savings in fuel, maintenance, lower road tax etc. would pay for a retrofit in a few years.
9. More EVs on the road would save the country hundreds of millions every year on imported fuel.
Most importantly, it would substantially boost the current national
drive towards sustainability, reducing our carbon footprint, and moving
towards energy sufficiency.
The efficiency of the project
would be greatly increased by having central conversion facilities.
Additionally, materials costs could be substantially lowered by high
quantity purchasing of batteries, motors, control gear etc. at a
properly managed purchasing and distribution centre. It would be vital
that ALL these saving be passed to the end user, and perhaps sweeten it
further with a FAT grant.
If this is to work, the gougers and
rip-off merchants must be vigorously kept out of the loop, and no
self-serving public body or civil service needs to be involved either,
as they tend to complicate everything they put their hands to!!!
Tony McGinley Thursday, May 20, 2010
Ecolocap to Build Factory in Korea
The ECOLOCAPNano-Lithium Batte
What I recently said about the Ecolocap battery
On 18th March 2010 Ashish Arora, a scientific consultancy firm, performed extensive tests on a
9 cell Nano-Lithium battery made by a company called Ecolocap. What
made the battery very special is that, while rated at 12 volts, it
offers a massive 720 Ampere/Hours capacity. It does this without being
much bigger or heavier than a small truck battery.
battery of a similar size and weight would have a capacity of a mere
150 A/h or just over 20% of the capacity. But that’s not all that is
different, this battery can deliver very high currents for extended
periods, and additionally it can be charged at very high currents. This
means that it would take just 20% of the time to charge up, 2 hours, or
less, as against 10 hours, and it could deliver a massive blast of
energy for a sustained period unlike a lead acid battery.
advised not holding one's breath while waiting for delivery of this
battery, given the hype by companies like EEstor which has been
rattling on about their wonderful battery / supercapacitor for years -
and have shown us NOTHING to date.
NOW THE BIG NEWS
technology buzz on the wires is that EcoloCap Solutions Inc. The same
company that recently announced a major advance in Nano-Lithium Battery
technology, and has shown us some of the test results to prove it, has
hired Enersol Energy System Solutions, a US consultancy firm., to work
on its plans to build a production factory in Korea!!!!
hopefully, should see some production within a year. If all the bits of
the complicated jigsaw fit together, this could change the face of
electric motoring!!! Not to mention provide a better storage option for
Test Results for Ecolocap's prototype Nano-Lithium Battery
Latest battery figures given out from Ecolocap:
Volts - - Ahr - - - Weight lbs - - - Size in Inches - - Cells
4.2 - - - 240 Ahr - -12 - - - - -- - 17.91 x .61 x 13 - - - 1
4.2 - - 1,440 Ahr - - 72 - - - - - - -17.91 x 6 x 13 - - - 6
12.6 - - 1.440 Ahr- - 216 - - - - - - 17.91 X 18 X 13 - 18
Capacity Ah 240.00
energy density Wh/l 1.17
density Wh/Kg 185.19
Mass Kg 5.44
Voltage V 4.20
Voltage V 4.20
Minimum Voltage V 2.70
Capacity Wh 1,008.00
The company blurb with the usual "terms and conditions apply" tag:"Following
the independent test results from Exponent that confirmed the
superiority of our battery technology, we are now focused on rapidly
bringing the Nano Lithium X battery to market. With the help of
Enersol's experienced team, we are prudently but expeditiously
developing a roadmap to maximize value for our shareholders," said
EcoloCap Solutions, Inc. CEO Michael Siegel.Management
is actively exploring strategic partnership opportunities with leading
battery manufacturers in the U.S., Europe and Asia. With the
lithium-ion battery market expected to reach $16 billion by 2020 in the
U.S. alone, EcoloCap's Nano Lithium X batteries are entering the market
at a perfect time. Strategic partnerships will help expedite the
process of bringing the revolutionary batteries to market and position
the Company to rapidly gain market share.
press release may contain statements of a forward-looking nature
regarding future events. These statements are only predictions and
actual events may differ materially. Please refer to documents that
EcoloCap Solutions Inc. files from time to time with the Securities and
Exchange Commission for a discussion of certain factors that could
cause actual results to differ materials from those contained in the
forward-looking statements.Contacts:EcoloCap Solutions Inc.866-479-7041847-919-8440 (FAX)Info@EcoloCap.comwww.EcoloCap.com
Garvey aims to create the world’s most massive wind turbines on a scale
not yet attempted with a rotor of almost a quarter kilometre in
diameter, and that is just the baby of the pack.
believes that it is possible to store energy at costs well below
£10,000/MWh. That is about one fifth or 20% of the cost of pumped hydro
energy, which is the next cheapest competing technology available to
With some radical redesign work, professor Garvey believes
that the quantity of material used in the manufacture of the turbines
for a given output can be greatly reduced thereby cutting costs by a
factor of four!!!!!!
Garvey has indicated a unique method of compressing the air using
gravity as one of the driving factors. He envisages long tube inside
the massive hollow blades of the rotors. Inside the tubes are large
free moving heavily weighted pistons, which will slide up and down in
the tubes compressing air on both cycles.
To be continued .....
You may as well try and
Store the Wind
At the University of Nottingham there is currently a unique research project headed by a man with a grand Irish name;
Seamus Garvey. He, and his team, are working on an idea called “ICARES”
(Integrated Compressed Air Renewable Energy Systems). The Prof. has
been developing it since 2006.
? - ? - Wait a while and I’ll tell ya!!
love the ballbarrow for its design perfection, so simple and has
additionally the big advantage that there is little to go wrong.
Garvey’s idea, on the face of it, is simple enough; he wants to build
to build humongous wind turbines mounted at sea. But instead of having
generators and gearboxes, his turbines will directly compress and pump
air into huge undersea inflatable bags anchored to the seabed.
Prof. in his own words proposes to “store the wind” !!! Then allow the
wind to blow, from the compressed bags, when it is actually needed. The
stored compressed air is then used to generate electricity by releasing
it through turbine generator systems.
By bypassing the
electrical generating stage before attempting energy storage, the
efficiency is immediately increased, with no gearboxes and generator
losses. Thus avoiding one of the losses associated with hydro-storage.
With pumped hydro-storage systems you have to add pump losses, seepage,
evaporation, and leaks, plus a second generating loss when the systems
To be continued...
Almost two years ago I wrote about the discovery of a new catalyst electrode that could revolutionise energy storage.
electrode could, in a far more efficient and less costly way than ever
previously possible, split water into its elements of Oxygen and
Hydrogen. The hydrogen thus produced is a great fuel for all sorts of
devices including fuel cells and cars!
The work being done is at
MIT by Professor Daniel Nocera and his team, and now the news comes
that the team have discovered another new electrode material (perhaps
even more than one), which again is based on inexpensive and widely
In 2008, Professor Nocera and his team
reported the discovery of a durable and low-cost material for the
oxygen-producing electrode which was based on the element cobalt. The
team now report the discovery of yet another material that can even
more efficiently function as the oxygen-producing electrode. This time
the material is based on nickel borate, an even more abundant and
inexpensive material than the earlier compound.
The ongoing MIT
research indicates that the first experimental electrode was not a
simple freak and additionally it suggests that there may be a group of
similar materials to be developed.Hundredfold Gas Production Increase!
The rate of gas production from these new catalysts has been increased a hundredfold from the level reported two years ago!!!!!
earlier work was focused on the oxygen-producing electrode; the
hydrogen-producing electrode at the time was based on an expensive
platinum catalyst. The team have now overcome this limitation and
expense and have totally eliminated the need for platinum. This part of
the team’s research however has not as yet been formally reported.
term, Professor Nocera envisages domestic systems in which rooftop
solar panels, and perhaps other generating devices, would provide
electricity to a home. Electricity, which is not used at the time of
generation, would go to his “electrolyzer” - which would split water
into its elements of oxygen and hydrogen. The hydrogen would be stored
in tanks until needed. When more power was required, the hydrogen would
be fed to a fuel cell where it would generate electricity.
research teams work has already been taken a step further by the
creation of a company, called Sun Catalytix which aims to commercially
develop the system in the next two years.
The research program
was recently awarded a major grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s
“Advanced Research Energy Projects Agency”.
Energy Storage, the Sustainability Problem
Energy Storage Research
Over the next few day I will be posting two separate stories about very different types of energy storage.
One is a follow-on of a story I covered, almost two years ago, regarding research done by Prof. Nocera and his team at MIT.
The second story is one concerning an Irishman's unique take take on energy storage, and the ongoing development of the idea..
Tony McGinley .
Irish Presidential initiative called “Your Country Your Call” produced
a whopping total of 10,114 entries to the “competition” designed to
elicit ideas that could stimulate the country and create jobs.
quick scroll through the proposals immediately shows that only a small
percentage have any real substance. As one commentator put it, “many
entries look like they were written on the back of a beer mat”, to
which I would add, very late in the evening and after a skin full of
My rough estimate is that perhaps 5% of the proposals
offer ideas of any depth. At 5% useful ideas it would still leave about
500 suggestions with some reasonable degree of practicality.
judges will have a tough job sorting through the list. As far as I can
gather there are six judges on the panel along with a chairman, each
one will have to scan and evaluate 1,444 entries apiece.
it another way, if you take the 10,114 entries and spend just 30
seconds considering each one on a first scan, it will amount to 84
Now I guess that the beer mat inscribed rubbish will
be fairly quickly eliminated from the pile leaving maybe 500 entries to
be more seriously considered. Lets assume there are moderate sized
attachment with each of these entries, and lets say each takes an
average of 20 minutes to digest the attachment, that’s 166 man hours
for that stage.
We now have a total of some 250 man-hours. If we
allow a generous 5 hours of this work per day, that would give us some
50 man-days in total. These guys are going to be busy unless they have
some helpers to at least weed out the rubbish for them.
It will be interesting to see what comes of the "Competition".
Lead Acid Battery
Canadian based company, Next Alternative Inc. are using Carbon Nanotube
technology in the oldest type of rechargeable battery around. They are
modifying lead acid battery technology to produce a battery that will
recharge in less than 1 hour and hold 4 times the charge.
figures are based on test results of prototype CNT lead lead/acid
battery packs. Essentially, if it works like it says on the box, it
will give an electric car some 300 miles between charges and can be
recharged in less than 1 hour.
This battery will also have a
much longer life than regular lead acid batteries; the company say it
will last at least 4 times longer. If we take it a lead acid battery
has an average life of 3 years or so, this new battery should last 12
years!! (If the hype can be believed)
Next Alternative Inc
Some Photosof my new Fireplace Door
The fireplace before fitting the doorIntroducing the new door to the fireplace - Pleased to meet you!How it fits and a look at the door sealThe side frameUp and running - It looks really well!
Bio-Science meets Domestic Science
Bio-fuel researchers at the University of Michigan have come up with a novel way of extracting oil from algae.
are mixing Domestic Science with Bio Science! They have found that
pressure-cooking algae allows extraction of oil in a simpler and more
The pressure-cooker method of oil extraction has
not been used to date AFAIK. The accepted technique is to grow the most
oily types of algae, then dry the algae before extracting the oil.
pressure cooker method can extract oil efficiently from less oily
varieties of algae. The process also eliminates the need for drying,
which wastes a lot of energy and time.
The Promotion of Fireplace Doorsby the
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland??
Almost two years ago I spoke, at some length, on the phone to a high ranking advisor at SEAI
Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland about promoting fireplace doors as
a viable, cheap, and effective way of increasing the nations energy
efficiency, if not simply reducing fire related accidents.
The high-ranking SEAI consultant I spoke to practically dismissed the idea out of hand, offering several reasons why it couldn't or shouldn't be attempted, no reasons given why it might be looked at or tried in any sort of reasonable way!!!
I got the feeling that SEAI would much prefer to engage in hugely expensive multi-million Euro exercises promoting woodpellet heaters and geothermal units to the richer part of our society, rather than waste their time on piddling little exercises.
was extremely frustrated by the stonewall response I received. It is
partly the frustration that SEAI engendered, that has led me to have my
own prototype fireplace door made. So thank you SEAI
for helping me, yet again, - through your obduracy, lack of insight,
and institutional self-serving attitude, to embark on another
experimental sustainability exercise.
May Fools - June Fools- July Fools- August Fools- etc. !!!
A First Look at the Door
really big thanks to Seamus O' , my engineering friend who did a first
class job of making the experimental door. Firstly, he expertly
deciphered my very poor drawings and measurements. Secondly, he came up
with some neat ideas for seals, hinges etc.
My new fireplace
door is really sturdy and IMHO quite classy looking made 100% in
stainless steel. The fittings are simple, strong, and very effective.
The door glass is a nice big piece, and gives a really good view of the
So well were the makers interpretations of the
measurements, that all I had to do when fitting the door, was present
it to the fireplace, drill a couple of holes and it was fitted. Just
finished off with a bit of packing to make the seal of the frame to the
stone of the fireplace somewhat air tight..
friend of mine, who is in engineering R&D has recently made me a
really nice experimental fireplace door. I fitted it without much
effort in about an hour.
I will be taking temperature
measurement and experimenting with draught and fuel over the next
couple of weeks. I will of course post photos and details here as the
Initial impressions are;
(1) the burn is much better,
(2) radiant heat is well reduced from the front of the fire,
(3) heat to the back boiler is increased substantially.
(4) the door and its frame get quite hot - something you would need to be aware of when adding fuel etc.
Watch this space for further postings.
Retrofitted EV€5000 Grant for EVs
just announced Irish Government Grant of €5000 towards electric cars
might be better spent on a national strategy to retrofit existing
I have just sent a proposal to Your Country Your
Call on this basis. The focus of my proposal is, that instead of
importing 100% of electric vehicles EVs over the coming years, and
thereby sending some €7bn (my estimate / guesstimate) out of the
country, that we set in motion a national plan to retro-fit existing
vehicles.A retrofit EV strategy would:
(1) substantially reduce the money leaving the country on imported electric vehicles,
because of the substantial savings possible over new vehicle purchase
price, it would encourage many more people to go electric,
(3) a retrofitting industry would provide new jobs and save existing jobs in the motor trade
(4) stimulate ancillary services,
(5) It would additionally stimulate the economy,
(6) add to national security,
(7) further promote Ireland's sustainability drive,
(8) substantially reduce spending on imported fuels,
(9) spare us scrapping tens of thousands of ICE vehicles, and
(10) last but not least, it would help reduce our carbon footprint.
I have, against my better judgement, posted the suggestion as a proposal to "Your Country Your Call"
Minister Eamon Ryan
for electric cars in Dublin
A few points (on these charger points) to note:
The photo above shows a charging lead with a 13-amp plug on the end.
This means the maximum rate of charge will be under 3Kw/h. You might
need to set up a tent near the charging point at that rate, or at least
book into a nearby guesthouse for the wait.
(2) The new types of battery soon to appear on the market, super-capacitor, nano-lithium
or whatever, all boast very fast charging rates. These batteries
therefore would require a current input of at least twenty times the
capability of these flimsy points being opened in Dublin. Otherwise the
fast-charging advantage they offer would not be achievable.
These “charge points” are obsolete already even before the new type
batteries become available. What a waste of public money- for what
amounts to nothing much more than a window dressing exercise!
High current charge points will require improvements in the grid
system. This is what should be planned for, and not go wasting
resources on outdated technology. These "charge Points" could be
another voting machine type waste of our money.
(5) Has the
Minister considered safety and vandalism when commissioning these
“charge points” How safe will it be to leave your electric car plugged
in for the 8 hours or more these points will take to deliver a charge?
a previously unheard of playerannounce test results of new
Nano Lithium Battery
seems to indicate that Ecolocap's Nano Lithium X batteries have the
world’s current highest energy density output v/s weight. They would
also appear to have the lowest total cost and fastest recharge time of
any commercially-available battery."Using
a multidisciplinary approach involving electrical, mechanical,
scientific, thermal and statistical analysis, the Nano Lithium X
battery was extensively tested for its charge and discharge
capabilities at 100 amps, 150 amps, 200 amps and 235 amps. Rigorous
testing has concluded that the Nano Lithium X Battery performs even
better than the company previously estimated, and represents a
substantial improvement over existing lithium-ion batteries in terms of
energy density, total cost, and recharge time."
are we likely to see them on the shelves? Who knows, this could be
another EEstor. Whatever you do, don't go holding your breath - you
It has come around again!
Time to Show you Care!
Switch the lights off
Make a Point.
Saturday 27 March at 8.30pm (local time)
Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million homes and
businesses turned their lights off for one hour to make their stand
against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a
global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across
35 countries participating. Global landmarks such as the, Sydney
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I had a comment on my last post in which I was somewhat scathing about SEI.
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My sarcasm was based on the poor performance of some of their past
schemes, not least their abysmally poor handling of the situation
evolving from the SEI woodpellet grants scheme, and not so much a comment on the future plan just announced.
My attitude to SEI / SEAI is encapsulated in a statement from the managing director of a large company involved in the business who put it to me regarding SEI; they have a "terminal lack of joined-up thinking"energy
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I understand that you are generally annoyed with SEAI.
I am also of the opinion that their new plan is far fetched. However,
before publicly condemning something, I feel that it is important that
we read the plan in whole (which is easily available on their website).
It is not necessarily a 5 year plan, but something that spans out over
Personally I believe that in order to achieve your
goals, it is important to reach for something higher - as the saying
goes "Shoot for the moon, if you miss, you will land among the stars."
This mentality is used by most companies around the world during their annual goal setting exercises.
I believe that if we have something to say about anything (good or
bad), it should be followed up with facts and not a statement like "I
sincerely hope that (SEAI) also gets a badly needed BRAIN transplant."
Please don't take my comment the wrong way, I am just simply stating my opinion - as are you..
SEI Sustainable Energy Ireland
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)
Sustainable Energy Ireland has just had a name transplant and it now becomes Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
trumpet blowing exercise included the announcement of a five year plan
that is supposed to add €6bn to the Irish economy along with the
creation of some 5,000 and 10,000 new jobs each year. (Maybe another couple of thousand BER Assessors - and how about a few thousand pen pushers too??)
With the name transplant, I sincerely hope that (SEAI) also gets a badly needed BRAIN transplant.