SMARTGRID EV CHARGING
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There is an abundance of clean wind and solar energy that can produce green hydrogen and electricity to charge vehicle batteries, but there is no transport infrastructure to support rapid energy exchanges.
Utilities have a duty to provide electrical energy for EVs and vehicle makers have a duty to develop suitable transport for trade and domestic customers.
It follows that there is a general duty for utilities and vehicle producers to cooperate when it comes to providing a suitable infrastructure to provide energy for transport.
Whereas, at the moment there is only plug in charging for battery EVs, that is far too slow to be practical for long haul vehicles, with the potential to cause overloading of national grids at times of peak demand.
There are also hose-fed hydrogen filling stations, but insufficient numbers to cater for the mass market and no way of using these service stations for load levelling of the grid.
Hydrogen fuelled vehicles are not compatible with battery EVs - but they could be.
Battery cartridge exchange could solve the problem of peak demands and speed up charging time to seconds, rather than hours. But that only deals with battery cars, and at the moment, there are few electric cars with battery cartridges suitable for rapid exchanges.
The ideal would be for a standard size cartridge to make handling easy for service stations. If there were a standard - or universal - cartridge, that would allow the use of many different chemistries to store off-peak energy from renewable sources, such as from solar and wind farms. That in turn would allow incorporation of Hydrogen Batteries, that could be interchangeable with lithium batteries, in that the two different chemistries would fit into compatible EVs.
A compatible EV would be one where that Universal size energy cartridge would fit within the vehicles platform or chassis design.
This concept is a reality that we are developing in the hope of attracting manufacturing and distribution partners.
UNAVOIDABLE INCONVENIENCE FOR ENERGY GIANTS
We have relied on petrol (gasoline) and diesel vehicles to now, but they have proved damaging to the environment and human health, in part causing global warming and lung cancer, leading the EU, G20 and United Nations to ban the sales of new fossil fuelled vehicles from 2030.
There is ample renewable energy from solar and wind farms to replace our reliance on oil, but there is as yet no medium to entice OEMs to produce vehicles that will be compatible with such a system, where it would require modification to existing platforms. Hence, we have a chicken and egg situation that must be solved if society is to benefit from cheaper zero carbon transport.
Understandably, energy magnates will not want to change from the existing fossil fuelled infrastructure, hence any new system must transition as smoothly as possible to avoid supply disruption.
Equally, asset liquidation and reinvestment should form part of the transition process, to ease potential loss of income. For this reason we are inviting commercial partners and investors to get involved, where they may have construction or other administrative expertise to offer.
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