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@ Henrik It was probably your intention to use the term "coffers" and not coffins. Coffins are usually used as a container for a corpse for final disposal underground. Coffers, however, implicate containers for storing large amounts of valuables or money.
@ trees I can't quite follow your philosophy of reasoning. Accepted, that we cannot prevent earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, tornadoes, comets, meteors and asteroids with the subsequent devastation and pollution caused by such occurrences. But that by no means implies that we should take all possible measures to equal those natural events because they are by no means even close to the results of those natural catastrophes. No, it should be our utmost effort to avoid anything to add to those natural events that cannot be avoided. It is no consolation whatsoever to think that the black pest during medieval times, caused by carelessness and negligence of hygienic measures, was by no means as severe and fatal as the asteroid that wiped out 98% of all forms of life 65 million years ago.
The future for nukes is as bright as that for coal; Chernobyl and Fukushima are still shining brightly. Several coal plants in Germany have been shut down permanently; others are in the starting blocks to follow shortly. Those that are still in operation are a helpless pledge from the German government to appease all those coal miners including their raging unions and respective industry. 87% of all mature Germans are well aware of the fact that no way leads past renewables. A faint, really a very faint hope remains that it might be possible to enable fusion power plants in several decades from now to go into operation.
@ mahonj: Absolutely nothing incredible about the EU's behaviour. Several years ago, as soon as the EU started thinking a bit too loud about enhancing the pollution standards, Merkel - without being invited - arrived at their doorstep, raised her fingers in dismay and reprimanded those bad boys for even just thinking about potential actions they intended to take. With sighs of relief, Mercedes, BMW, Audi and VW, applauded their proponent's brave action. With the stagnation of EU's intention the "car kings" adhered to their general policy and things got even worse instead of improving. Thank (god) for Merkel.
In principle, this is the same futile and despairing effort copying Mercedes blowing billions out of the window in R&D for 5 new ICEs. They'd have been far better off investing that money, time and effort in electric drive trains. All these useless innovations appearing nowadays would have been acceptable decades ago. But in the past they had no competition to fear from electrons. Now they're attempting everything possible to extend their useless technology that has no future.
It's no surprise that the Brits ended up at the tail-end of this survey. A majority of them were also "bright" enough to vote for the BREXIT.
These are typical problems that result in a lithium electrode but can be circumvented employing a magnesium electrode in a 3-D architecture.
In most cases a proper solution is a meticulous and enduring process but also simple once it has been achieved. No one, myself included, stated that the goal itself is easy.
The 24M solution is certainly a step forward from the present state of the art regarding form fit and function. However, this solution is still based on Lithium, which - as we are presently experiencing on Samsung's Note 7 - is extremely volatile and dangerous. Magnesium, on the other hand, as a 3-D solid state architecture cell, would offer far more energy density at less weight and an even better price. The earth's crust contains 1.4% Magnesium; far more than Lithium and will never expire.
Modern heat pumps have a COP of approx. 1:3/1:4; i. e. power consumption reduction for heating amounts to 66-75%. The heat pump can also be operated in reverse during the summer to cool the vehicle interior. Why settle for less? Let them keep their plastic derivative.
"Exploring the unrealized potential of lead batteries..." There is no potential to neither explore nor to exploit in a l(d)ead battery.
This report leaves many questions unanswered. 1) Low cost micro-turbine - what is the expected price (approx.)? 2) What is the volume of the additional equipment? 3) What is the weight of the total additional equipment. 4) Is it multi-fuel compatible (which fuels)? 5) What are the maintenance intervals of the turbine? 6) How high is the life expectancy? 7) Can it be used for heating as well? 8) Does it need cooling during operation? et, etc.
I'd have serious safety concerns with a Lithium metal anode. Lithium is an extremely volatile material. I would definitely not enjoy a ride on a potential bomb. Why not make use of a Magnesium metal anode? Magnesium is relatively safe and has two valenz-electrons instead of only one in Lithium. Hence, the energy density of magnesium is double that of lithium and is inherently safer. Also, Magnesium is cheaper than Lithium and far more abundant.
The limiting problem of energy density is inherent to the Lithium chemistry. It is mandatory to lithiate an anode material (generally graphite or other carbon allotropes); too much lithium, even though increasing energy density, also makes such an anode more volatile / dangerous. Magnesium belongs to the same family as Lithium but has larger ions and diffuses more difficult than Lithium. However, larger quantities of Magnesium are less dangerous to handle than Lithium and allow a far higher degree of energy density. To be on the safe side, Magnesium could be alloyed with copper (CMg1) directly, making it safer and still allow for high energy density; the copper conductivity is virtually unaffected. This alloy could be foamed like copper and be processed as a 3-D structure as is the present case. The Prieto approach is certainly unparalleled but the chemistry itself could certainly endure improvement.
@ HD: The question you raise in your post is not implied in the blog rather a definite conclusion.
What is Total's true intention? Are they joining battery production or is it just a means to lock-out competition? Time will tell.
@ barbar What you're suggesting is already reality and market-ready. It's only the thumbs-down attitude of Mercedes' management that is preventing market launch. http://www.dlr.de/dlr/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-10084/161_read-8869/year-all/161_page-3/
Ok! You've made a point. It would be excellent to get down to brass tacks and produce what has now been quantified in real time scanning. Just talking and writing about it is not going to produce any objective results.
@ ecic: ....along with the expert advice like the lobbyists do). Are you serious? What expert advice is to be expected from lobbyists apart from BS?
In the link below, you can get an impression from the second image of the all electric design that Airbus Industries is presently developing. All text comments are in German only. No propellers implemented, only impellers. http://www.welt.de/wirtschaft/article127296225/So-will-Airbus-die-Zukunft-des-Fliegens-gestalten.html
With the exception of depreciation, it sounds good. Approx. 85% remaining capacity (500 x 0.028%) after 500 cycles is nothing to brag about. 85% after 5000 cycles, that would be great.
I know what happens when you blow at a dandelion in full blossom; but what happens when you blow a dandelion tire?
When determining the consumption of a vehicle, standard test procedure is as follows: 1) Remove spare tire, car tools and car jack 2) Remove all seats of car except drivers seat 3) Replace tires with undersized types and over-inflate 4) Assure driver's (woman) weight does not exceed 50kg 5) Remove side mirrors 6) Once car has been started, remove battery 7) When test-driving on an oval or circular horizontal course, do not exceed 35mph. No unnecessary braking or accelerating. What does such a test procedure have in common with actual driving??
What purpose do SUVs have other than fostering the "King of the Road" impression?