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Hydrogen-fueled Drone, Now a Reality

 

Micro Multi Copters Aero Technology Co., Inc. (MMC), a world-class hardware developer for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), has launched the HyDrone 1800 (HyDrone), its ground-breaking hydrogen-fueled drone. HyDrone's alternative source of energy keeps it in the air for more than 4 hours, gives it a radius of up to 100km with a live video stream, and works in temperatures below -20 Celsius.


HyDrone's 4-hour flight time and one minute charging time stand as the best long endurance solution yet. Hydrogen fuel solves all the shortcomings of a traditional LiPo battery. It is long-lived, unnecessary to recycle, harmless to the environment, functions in low temperatures, and provides 8 times longer flight time than a regular battery. The gas requires the constant presence of oxygen, but is not affected by low temperatures, thus expands the usage of drones into northern and southern latitudes. Transported at 13MPa, hydrogen gas is being compressed into the drone's tank at 30MPa. The tank, designed with composite carbon fiber material, has been successfully tested from a 200m drop. The UAV's shell is made of water/dust/fireproof carbon fiber, specially designed in MMC's R&D center, expanding the UAV's usage into not only in very cold, but also very hot areas.


At the launch, Mr. Lu, MMC's CEO, spoke of the actualization of alternative source of energy, hydrogen, and its drastic influence on the UAV industry. "MMC has started a new era of drone which will permanently change humanity." He further explained that because it is fueled by hydrogen, HyDrone is a suitable answer to current problems fighting crime and terrorism. Due to HyDrone's longevity and ability to reach distances of over 100km with constant video feed, Mr. Lu predicts significant improvement in current solutions, and even larger usage within the security, policing and inspection industries.


Apart from the press and the VIP end-users, numerous foreign and domestic subject matter experts presented analyses of the HyDrone 1800 and general UAV developments in China. Mr. Lu pointed out the importance of Shenzhen as the center of world's UAV industry and indicated that "Chinese-owned companies, with MMC on top, currently drive cutting edge trends in the UAV industry." Mr. Chen, MMC's CTO, also commented on the general importance of recent technological advancements in China and their influence on the world. He ended his presentation by delivering MMC's main focus in creating value for its clients -- resolving specific work scenarios and pushing the limits of the UAV industry.


A Solar And Pedal Powered Car-Cycle

 

Sunnyclist is an electro-solar and pedal powered 3 seat vehicle created by young entrepreneurs striving to make a difference in sunny, but struggling, Greece.


The “City” edition of Sunnyclist is the cheapest model, equipped with a 540W solar array, 60AH lithium-ion battery pack and can provide an average range of 35 kilometers per day.




Powered by 6kW brushless hub motors, the “Traveller” model has 680Wp of solar panels and a 100Ah 48V lithium battery offering a range of up to 70km.


Individual portable pedals are available for each passenger; after all, nobody likes a freeloader. The pedal generators have a readout so you can make sure each passenger is pulling their weight.


The makers claim that by combining solar power, a fully charged battery and pedal sources; the Traveller can achieve a range of 190km on a sunny day without further charging. The battery bank can also be recharged from a household power socket in 2 – 3 hours.


Both the City and the Traveller have 250 litres of luggage space with the rear seats removed. The Traveller is around 30kg heavier than the city, at 250kg, and the two vehicles have a top speed of 50 km/h.


The solar roof of the Sunnyclist can be rotated/angled on two parallel axes.




Three wheel vehicles can be notorious for stability, but this is minimised in the Sunnyclist with a low centre of gravity near the rear axle and an evenly distributed load on the wheels. The vehicle also features disc brakes with regenerative braking features.


The Sunnyclist can also be used to power various electronic devices and of course, there’ll be an app for the vehicle.

As for cost – the City is around AUD $7,604.47 at current exchange rates and the Traveller, approximately $10,515. These prices do not include shipping to USA or any relevant duties once they hit the shores – and whether they would be street legal isn’t clear.


In addition to avoiding a couple of tonnes of carbon emissions a year; Sunnyclist says owners can expect transport related savings of about $3,750 a year – so around a 4 year payback on the Traveller.


The Sunnyclist team are looking to raise 100,000 euros via an IndieGoGo campaign to get the first vehicles into production.


THE OFF ROAD SOLAR POWERED BEAST-D



Meet The Beast D – an eBike with some of the features of an ATV, plus inbuilt solar panels for charging .


The two-wheel drive bike boasts 2 x 500W brushless DC motors and 60V 20AH lithium-ion energy storage good for 800 cycles.




The cells used in the battery pack are Samsung 2200mAH 18650’s (18 mm in diameter x 65 mm in length) – the same form factor used in Tesla vehicles.


The scooter/ebike can be charged via mains electricity; which takes 4 – 6 hours, or through the 15W solar panel that continuously trickle charges the battery pack.


Daymak claims the fully enclosed  removable solar battery pack will provide 10km of travel per 8 hours of ambient light charging. The removable battery also doubles as a stand-alone backup power pack and features 2 USB plugs.


A fully charged battery will provide a range of up to 30 km depending on speed and terrain. The Beast D has a top speed of 50 km/h and is capable of inclines of up to 36 degrees.


And if the battery should go flat while out and about? Use the pedals. However, at 118kg it’s no featherweight. The pedals are really there for other reasons – to classify it as a bike and the rider can also work with the motor by pedaling; increasing the range.


The price for the Beast-D is USD $4,299; (Top of the Line) – plus shipping.


Daymak also produces U.S. street legal versions of The Beast – the Standard, Deluxe and Ultimate. In some parts of the USA, these versions can be ridden on public roads without the need for a license or registration.


All the “street” Beast models have a 500 watt motor, except for the EU version of the Standard, which is 250W.



ZERO MOTORCYCLES

ENTERS ITALIAN MARKET



Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, announced today that its complete line of 100% electric motorcycles is coming to Italy. Detailed information—including specifications, pricing and scheduling demo rides—is available on the company’s newly launched Italian website at www.zeromotorcycles.it.


Zero has been laying the groundwork for its expansion into what export.gov cites as Europe’s largest market for motorcycles over 50cc. “This is a vital step forward in our plans to expand global availability of Zero Motorcycles and an extension of our popularity throughout Europe,” said Chief Executive Officer Richard Walker. “The Zero brand is particularly strong in Germany, Switzerland, Scandinavia and The Netherlands, and we are seeing strong demand in Italy,” Walker continued.





With premium componentry on the 2015 motorcycles and increased manufacturing capacity at our California headquarters, we are excited to offer our cutting-edge products to a country that is rich in motorcycle history and vital to the sport,” said Umberto Uccelli, managing director of Zero Motorcycles Europe. “Our motorcycles appeal to discerning customers in Italy. Beyond innovative products, we are making investments to support our growing customer base.”


Zero intends to strategically expand its Italian network and has already appointed its first dealer. Located in the heart of Milan, E-move.me is an e-mobility retailer at Via Santa Maria alla Porta, 11 - 20123 and led by Thierry Boch. In addition to sales and service of Zero motorcycles, E-move.me offers rentals.


“Thierry and his team at E-move.me truly believe in our technology and know that encouraging riders to go for a test ride—or rent a Zero motorcycle for the weekend—is the best way to help them experience the advantages of 100% electric power,” said Josef Morat, country manager for Zero Motorcycles Italy.



Eco-Friendly Boating!


The Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf and Ford C-Max Energi are the top three electric vehicles on the roadways, but what about our waterways? Electric cars aren’t the only vehicles transforming sustainable and economical transportation. Electric boats are also traversing historic waterways and canals that have been polluted with oil and noise. Electric boats may be the only watercraft permitted on municipal waters by 2020, and New Electric is already influencing the electric vehicles industry as an electric-conversion business dedicated to battery-powered boats. Pollution-Free Boating




About 700 million gallons of oil pollute oceans every year, according to Clean Technica. Engine-exhaust from conventional boats and ships only worsens the harmful environmental effects. Not only is the ocean and air polluted, marine animals suffer from intense noise pollution. Watercraft are actually detrimental to sea life, such as orcas and dolphins, because of their sensitivity to loud sounds. Electric-converted watercraft are quieter and produce no air pollution.

The following video shows how a Volvo engine is replaced with an electric engine during the conversion process.

New Electric Projects


New Electric specializes in electric conversion components and techniques, and it’s also the European warehouse for EVTV (Electric Vehicle Television), which produces weekly videos for custom electric car conversions. Auto Blog Green highlights two of its most recent projects featuring electrically innovative, yet classic designs – the Ray Wright Delta and Nedcraft Silverback. The Ray Wright Delta is designed with an aluminum hull. The speedster shines with a Maranello Red paint job and boasts an electric drive train that includes:

    HPEVS 35X2 AC motor
    Liquid-cooled Curtis controllers
    Battery pack with 48 CALB CA-series lithium cells

The design is clean, and a touchscreen tablet controls its instrumentation, communication and entertainment, describes Auto Blog Green. Sharing the pristine company of the Ray Wright Delta, the Nedcraft Silverback is also an aluminum-hulled aquatic masterpiece accented with mahogany detailing. It’s a slick design replicating Nelson Zimmer’s 1920 Palm Beach model. The conversion features a serial DC motor, Evnetics Soliton 1 controller and CALB CA cells.

Recreational Experiences


“Making electric boats isn’t just making boats cleaner; it’s making boats better,” explains Anne Kloppenborg, CEO of New Electric. Electric boats not only help reduce air, marine and noise pollution, the green vehicles create a more enjoyable experience. An electric motor provides power free of vibration and sound, and a state-of-the-art system has 100 percent torque available 24/7. By pumping the throttle, the boat has powerful toque without any need for a buildup. Boaters can experience the natural sounds of the water, waves and wind that are typically overwhelmed by engine noise and vibrations. Electric boats also connect people to the outdoors without relying on gas — the boat’s battery runs off electricity from any source.

Industrial, Commercial & Military Boats


Electric vehicles are also swiftly emerging within industrial, commercial and military sectors. The marine electric vehicle market could be a multi-billion dollar industry, according to IDTechEx. Electric watercraft are transforming seagoing, inland and underwater transportation, and leveraging EV technologies enhances vehicle performance. Licensed boaters can navigate electric boats for recreational purposes, whereas industrial markets can depend on electric watercraft for environmentally responsible market supply and transportation. As commercial and consumer interest in electric boats continues to grow, EV watercraft may just dominate nature’s bodies of water similar to the widespread adoption of hybrid electric cars on our roadways.

The Solar Powered Jet Ski


Lighter than a jet ski and more powerful than a surfboard, a new solar-powered watercraft designed specifically for rescue missions may save lives more efficiently than other rescue vehicles. Dubbed ASAP, which means “As Soon As Possible,” the eco-friendly watercraft utilizes the sun’s rays to charge its electric motor.

British designer Ross Kemp was training as a lifeguard when he observed a weakness in the water rescue industry. “I found that existing beach life-saving equipment was outdated and very traditional,” Kemp said. “I found a market opportunity between floatation devices and powered rescue crafts.”

Kemp recognized the difficulty of towing while carrying a body through water. “I spoke with lifeguards and realized in sea conditions this is made even more difficult,” Kemp said. “So I set about designing a small powerful water rescue craft for lifeguards.”

While many rescue aids are adapted from leisure vehicles, Kemp designed a vessel precisely for water rescue purposes. For months, he studied on-duty lifeguards and received input from international competitive sport lifesavers and other experts. ASAP was therefore created with “sound research and extensive analysis of existing rescue equipment and the concept has undergone rigorous tests to prove its efficiency and effectiveness,” according to DesignBuzz.

Jet skis used in rescue efforts are undoubtedly faster at reaching victims in distress, as ASAP can only reach 15 mph. But Kemp is working to create a more powerful motor—and the solar-powered watercraft is three times cheaper than a typical jet ski, making the device more affordable for safety patrol stations.

Justin Becker of Kirkland Fire in Washington State said his team wants to invest in jet skis for water rescue because they’re “fast and easy to maintain.” But fuel-guzzling jet skis aren’t the most environmentally friendly watercrafts. In fact, a day’s ride on a 100-horsepower jet ski emits the same amount of smog-forming air pollution as driving 100,000 miles in a passenger car, reports the California Resources Board.   ASAP’s design provides buoyancy and the V-shaped catamaran hull allows the vessel to cut smoothly through flat water, and better navigate choppy conditions. The solar-powered rescue aid includes a sloped platform in the center, where lifeguards can easily lift unconscious swimmers out of the water with their heads tilted back to monitor vital signals.

Renowned industrial designer Ross Lovegrove inspected Kemp’s solar water vessel on a segment of CNN Blueprint. “I think it’s a good scale; it feels right,” Lovegrove said. “It’s lightweight and very manageable … holistic integration is everything.” Lovegrove suggested incorporating solar-powered lights into the design for better visibility.

While ASAP is currently in its second prototype phase, it has already won an award for Best Startup Business in the UK Lloyds TSB Enterprise Awards, CNN reports, and Kemp is brainstorming ways to expand on his idea. "I'd love to be able to offer solar charging stations to local councils so they can charge their watercrafts whenever they need to," he said.  

But for now, Kemp is hopeful that his clean energy design will help prevent drowning deaths at a price tag that more rescue units can afford.  “Surely if it helps lifeguards save one extra life it’s worthwhile,” he said.





Justin Becker of Kirkland Fire in Washington State said his team wants to invest in jet skis for water rescue because they’re “fast and easy to maintain.” But fuel-guzzling jet skis aren’t the most environmentally friendly watercrafts. In fact, a day’s ride on a 100-horsepower jet ski emits the same amount of smog-forming air pollution as driving 100,000 miles in a passenger car, reports the California Resources Board.   ASAP’s design provides buoyancy and the V-shaped catamaran hull allows the vessel to cut smoothly through flat water, and better navigate choppy conditions. The solar-powered rescue aid includes a sloped platform in the center, where lifeguards can easily lift unconscious swimmers out of the water with their heads tilted back to monitor vital signals.

Renowned industrial designer Ross Lovegrove inspected Kemp’s solar water vessel on a segment of CNN Blueprint. “I think it’s a good scale; it feels right,” Lovegrove said. “It’s lightweight and very manageable … holistic integration is everything.” Lovegrove suggested incorporating solar-powered lights into the design for better visibility.

While ASAP is currently in its second prototype phase, it has already won an award for Best Startup Business in the UK Lloyds TSB Enterprise Awards, CNN reports, and Kemp is brainstorming ways to expand on his idea. "I'd love to be able to offer solar charging stations to local councils so they can charge their watercrafts whenever they need to," he said.  

But for now, Kemp is hopeful that his clean energy design will help prevent drowning deaths at a price tag that more rescue units can afford.  “Surely if it helps lifeguards save one extra life it’s worthwhile,” he said.

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