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That story has been out for a while and while the fuel efficiency is impressive, much of the gains is attributable to great aerodynamics, low rolling resistance tires and a host of other enhancements that can be implemented alongside the ePower drivetrain. With all those goodies in place, a 65,000 pound CGWR truck got 9.9 mpg. With none of the goodies and a seriously underpowered engine ePower got 7.2 mpg.
It may still mean more drill, drill, drill; but a lot less drilling with it.
Power facility in Humboldt operating at half its capacity
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Beacon Power Corp. filed for bankruptcy in October 2011, but re formed as Beacon Power LLC when purchased by Rockland Capital of Houston. Department of Energy, Hunt said. He figured 50 or more people have jobs building the plant, including workers at Hayden Electric, one of the contractors. When the plant is built, one or two workers based out of the area will maintain it.
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Speaking of Ultrabattery, OMY was over on Yadoodle this past week trying to promote the idea that, since the Ultra battery has an energy and DCA drop in cold weather, when used as an energy battery for an HEV, that this must also be true for the PbC in start stop applications and for ePower. I don’t buy the argument, especially since Axion has stated on numerous occasions that burberry outlet online cold does not effect the PbC, but the link to the Ultra battery report was interesting. I don’t think it’s been posted here in the past, so I’ll post it below. I haven’t had time to read it all yet (my children think their dad should pay attention to them over the weekend), but maybe others would find it interesting (and are faster readers.)I know collectively we’ve gone over ad infinitum why the PbC was not included in this (fairly in depth and reasonably rigorous) study, and there certainly are the valid reasons, but still, it sure would have been nice to see a full on apples to apples comparison of the PbC against its mutant UB and carbon additive cousins. (to say nothing of NiMh). but of course, all’s well that will end well, and when we finally do get that long looked for MH/SS design win, the tedious and winding road it took to get there will probably make a lot more sense in the rear view mirror.
48, Yes, I think you are correct. I keep focusing on how few miles the Ultra battery could go in colder temperatures, but the more I read, the more I understand that this is because the DCA goes down so dramatically that it takes much longer for the battery to be recharged. And so you can only go a few miles on battery again before you need the engine to kick on and charge the battery for a longer period of time. If this is correct, and I see no reason not to believe it to be, then Axion has nothing to worry about as far as whether or not the Ultra battery could ever be a replacement for ePower. No way they could get by with these DCA issues in the cold.
Couple quotes that caught my eye.
pg42 “If thermal variation identified thus far exceeding 10 Ccannot be reduced, viability of road locomotive hybrids using the PbC technology is questionable.”
burberry outlet online pg50 “Due to battery management challenges and the complexity of modeling the hybrid system, NS has requested removal of task 7 / G. NS is actively pursuing a hybrid locomotive but the timing of this locomotive has been delayed.”
pg61 “Following meetings with the FRA April 2012, NS and the FRA agreed to focus on higher voltage systems between 400 800 V DC as necessary for locomotive operations and respectively requested this task be removed from the 20 II scope of work.”
Thx bobh. Not sure what to make of those items. I can’t even tell when they were made, exactly. Are the comments still relevant, I wonder? Do they help explain the protracted pre rollout period we’re still in?
Another, probably smaller item I noticed:
“NS placed a purchased order for 727 (of the 864 PbC batteries necessary for the rebuilt NS999) in August 2012 [Axion’s PR of this event was in April, so hopefully this a typo. That PR said, “this first $400,000 purchase order is part of a $475,000 total purchase order, that will be used in the commissioning of Norfolk Southern’s NS 999″]. NS battery tray fabricator received these batteries and NS subsequently receipted for them December 20, 2012 [Axion’s 1/1//2013 PR said, “Axion Power shipped the last skids that comprised this battery order to NS in late December and the batteries will be used to power the NS 999 “yard switcher” locomotive.”, and “The final shipment of batteries to Norfolk Southern means that approximately $475,000 in revenue, attributable to the eventual re commissioning of the NS 999, will be burberry outlet online recognized in Axion’s results for the fourth quarter of 2012.”].”
There was discussion here and maybe even a Q on an earnings conf call about the $400k vs $475k. IIRC, people were thinking the diff was due to batteries being used by NS on other project(s). Based on what has been disclosed here, I’m guessing not: 400/475 = 727/864.