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Batteriser Product Review

Batteriser Product Review

The Batteriser is the first micro-thin, stainless steel sleeve that extends by up to 8 times a battery’s life, just by slipping the product into it. The key here is that most devices only tap a fraction of the energy a battery has, and the Batteriser taps into the remaining energy that is, usually, thrown away. This new product comes in AA, AAA, C and D variations, and with its micro-thin design, it will just slip over a battery and fit it neatly back into a device’s battery compartment.

 

Using the Batteriser

The Batteriser can revive a battery instantly in 3 simple steps: grabbing the battery; slipping the sleeve on; and putting it into the device. In fact, this product is incredibly user-friendly and simple to use—after slipping the battery into the sleeve, the sleeve can just be left on the battery while it is being used to its fullest. Once it is completely dead, keep the Batteriser, discard the battery and then repeat the process for the next battery to be used.

 

Overall Features:

  • It is reusable—over and over and so on…
  • It fits into most devices.
  • It saves you money on battery purchases.
  • It taps instant energy and does not need charging time.
  • It contains no harmful chemicals and is safe for air travel.

 

Technology Used

The Batteriser is considered as an intelligent voltage management and delivery mechanism device, which is made of thin stainless steel that slips over almost any type of battery and fits neatly back into a device’s battery compartment. With a significant number of batteries thrown away that still have a lot of energy left in them, they would be a valuable waste. This new product uses proprietary circuitry to maintain an optimal output voltage, allowing the end device to access untapped energy in batteries and making them last longer.

 

Performance Efficiency

Every time the Batteriser is used and reused, the user will be able to save more money. With it, they can make a dramatic difference on their new and most used batteries.

This new product tends to have a more dramatic effect with high-drain devices, but the most enjoyable perk would be the huge battery life that is increased with it. As previously mentioned, it helps the user to save more money by reducing the number of batteries needed to be purchased. And as long as it is taken care of, it is re-usable. Take note that the amount of money saved with the Batteriser depends on how much batteries cost, and how effective this new product is with the device.

 

Environmental Impact

The Batteriser saves the environment by reducing number of perceived dead batteries that are thrown away, which are estimated to be about 15 million in volume, ending up in landfills every year, creating a significant carbon footprint. Greenhouse gas emissions from factory production and sourcing raw materials, along with the transportation of batteries around the world, result in potentially hazardous implications for the planet.

The solution is simple—we consume less batteries with the Batteriser, and the world would be better!

The 9V Batteriser is scheduled to be available next year.

 

References

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/batteriser-extend-battery-life-by-up-to-8x#/story

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2928997/batteriser-is-a-250-gadget-that-extends-disposable-battery-life-by-800-percent.html

http://money.cnn.com/2015/06/02/technology/make-battery-last-longer-batteriser/index.html

 

Source: Green Tech News

Can Hydrogen Fuel the Future?

Can Hydrogen Fuel the Future?

By Guest Blogger Philip Piletic

There has been a lot of public debate about the use of hydrogen to replace fossil fuels as the main source of energy. Some of the arguments in favor of spending more money on researching the use of hydrogen are that it is plentiful, sustainable and generates only water vapor that doesn’t contribute to pollution or global warming. While most people believe that developing clean energy sources is essential, until recently, hydrogen lagged behind in the race towards energy independence.

Size, weight, safety concerns and cost were considerations that prevented mass production of hydrogen fuel cells that produce electricity by converting hydrogen and oxygen into water. Part of the cost is attributed to creating the infrastructure necessary for large scale utilization. Currently, in the U.S., California has most of the 10 existing hydrogen filling stations. but has passed legislation to increase that number to 100 stations by the year 2024. London has only 2, compared to 1200 charging stations for electric cars.

One argument against the switch to hydrogen is that currently, two of the most common processes for isolating hydrogen, hydrogen pinch and steam reforming, rely on fossil fuels, including methane, to generate heat. Bio hydrogen production and thermolysis are other methods. Currently, the cleanest method of production is electrolysis.

In the process of electrolysis, water is split into oxygen and hydrogen using an electric current, with oxygen being produced on a positively charged electrode, and hydrogen on a negatively charged one. The two gases are prevented from reacting with each other by a membrane between the cathode and the anode. The hydrogen can then be compressed as a gas or in liquid form to be stored or transported for use. Currently, only about 5 percent of hydrogen is produced by clean electrolysis. However, both public and private research promise rapid advances in the clean production of hydrogen.

In addition to fuel cells used to power automotive vehicles, hydrogen has a number of other uses. Hydrogen gas can be used to reduce metal ore. Chemical industries use hydrogen to produce hydrochloric acid, ammonia, and methanol. The process of atomic hydrogen welding utilizes hydrogen gas. Ironically, processing fossil fuel also relies on hydrogen. Hydrogen is also the hydrogenating agent used to saturate oils and fats, making them healthier for consumption. Hydrogen fuel cells are used in submarines and weather stations. Hydrogen, in liquid form, is used as rocket fuel for space exploration.

One of the safety concerns being addressed is that of avoiding corrosion when mixing hydrogen with other liquid elements. This is especially important due to the fact that hydrogen is a highly explosive substance. Temperatures in processes utilizing hydrogen with other liquids, such as refining oil, must be strictly controlled because sealants are manufactured according to specific temperature guidelines and special valves are used in the process. Lessening dependence on oil and other fossil fuels such as coal has become an increasingly viable option for reducing our carbon footprint.

According to NPPD board member Mary Harding, said that switching from coal to hydrogen, even at one power plant, will “…keep more than a million tons of carbon out of the atmosphere.” That amount is equal to approximately 10 percent of the Nebraska Public Power District’s total carbon emissions each year. More power plants switching from coal to hydrogen, combined with a greater number of automobiles powered by hydrogen fuel cells, will make a huge difference in preserving our natural resources, including the air we breathe.

It has been estimated that hydrogen power obtained from renewable raw materials can reduce our carbon footprint by a full 70 percent compared to conventional gasoline powered cars. Vehicles powered with hydrogen fuel cells have a range of approximately 500 kilometers, compared to 200 kilometers offered by an electric battery. An additional advantage is that charging a hydrogen fuel cell takes just four minutes.

According to Rutgers University chemist Tewodros Asefa, “Hydrogen has long been expected to play a vital role in our future energy landscapes by mitigating, if not completely eliminating, our reliance on fossil fuels” Towards that worthy goal, researchers are continuing to create new technologies, such as carbon nanotube technology to make the vision of clean energy for manufacturing and mobility a reality.

 

Author bio:

Originally from Europe, Philip Piletic is currently situated in Brisbane, AUS where he lives and works for Process Systems. His primary focus is fusion of technology and business, and he loves to share his experience with others by contributing to several blogs and helping others achieve success.

 

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Source: Green Tech News

Green Car Technology Means Fuel Savings

Guest Post by Trisha Miller

Automobiles are constantly being upgraded with the latest tech, this is no secret. However, a few green car technologies have emerged in the public eye as of late that could make a huge impact on lowering things like emissions and gas consumption. There have also been huge advances in already existing car technologies. Let’s explore a couple possibilities in the future of vehicular travel.

 

Self Driving Cars

Self driving cars could be commonplace within the next 5 years or so .These cars will allow passengers to input the destination and installed computer on board will know the most effective route. It is likely that these cars will be used to carpool eventually so there aren’t as many single cars on the road causing unnecessary traffic and emissions. It is also probable that automated cars will also be electric to save companies on gas expenses. Without a driver, cars would also not need to waste as much product into the car itself. The entire design of a car has the possibility to be reinvented in order to use only the structural resources that are necessary.

Companies like Tesla, Uber, and Google are pouring money into the future of driving. The Uber company has commented with their stance on automated cars, “As a global leader in urban transportation, we have the unique opportunity to invest in leading edge technologies to enable the safe and efficient movement of people and things at giant scale.”

According to The New York Times eco-friendliness is not the only reason to pursue self-driving cars, they also have economy friendliness in mind. States across the US are hoping to recruit carmakers that will invest in automated vehicles. This produces an opportunity to open up more jobs and provide and an additional annual tax revenue. As such, states like Florida and California have passed laws regarding the ease of testing these cars on fake cities. However, years of still testing lay ahead before automated cars take over transporting people and our goods across the country.

 

GPS Fleet Tracking

Business owners now can now track the status on all company cars. Some businesses are installing GPS tracking devices inside their employees vehicles in order to keep track of delivery times and transport efficiency. The truly amazing part is that it doesn’t even come close to ending there. These advanced GPS devices can also navigate the driver through the most efficient routes, monitor the speed of the vehicle, how many stops the car makes, when the car last had a tune up, and gas levels of the vehicle.

Companies are beginning to design “end-all-be-all” GPS technology that includes all of these features brought together into one system. One such company called GPS Trackit highlights ways that a company can save costs on fuel including reducing idling time, dispatching the closest drivers, and preventing speeding.

Employers will now hold the power of knowledge in right at their fingertips. Companies can now make quick changes in order to save large amounts of money on time and fuel wasters that were never able to be monitored in the past – all from the convenience of smartphones.

 

Taxi Selection Apps

Speaking of smartphones, some tech companies have created a system that now lets the passenger choose which car they want to ride in. An example of a company that uses this feature is Addison Lee based in the UK. This app allows a single person to go with a much smaller or electric car instead of a large one that may use more fuel or the reverse is also available of course, for those who have large parties.

Other companies, like Kabbee, compare companies and features so that the consumer can choose from a variety of cars to suit their own needs. This app even provides options such as cars available with child seats and compares all prices in the vicinity to encourage the user to choose the most economic cab service.

Smaller steps such as apps all the way to automated cars are all hugely headed in the right direction. With cars being a huge fuel and resource waster any technology that can diminish this footprint could be the next big thing in the automotive and eco world.

What types of eco-changes do you support in your daily commute?

 

About the Author

Trisha is a freelance writer from Boise, ID. She is a dedicated vegan and promotes an all-around healthy lifestyle. Green living is discussed on her blog and in her writing. These topics are important to her for the means creating a community that is aware of the need to save the environment, humans and animals, & money.

 

Source: Green Tech News

Solar Battery Revolution – Who Will Capture the Market?

Solar Battery Revolution – Who Will Capture the Market?

By Guest Blogger Clive Rollison

Given Deutsche Bank’s prediction that the solar energy market will reach $5 trillion by 2030, the continued growth of this successful industry depends on a viable solar battery. With Elon Musk’s Tesla, Mercedes-Benz and various startups, all challenging to create an effective solar battery, it only remains to be seen; who will capture the market?

 

Why are Solar Batteries so important?

So why is an effective solar battery so important to the renewable energy industry? Essentially, solar batteries will enable houses to harvest and store energy generated by solar panels during the day, using it to power up during peak times when generation is low, such as evenings.

Whilst the concept of renewable energy storage may not be new, we are at the beginning of a new era that could revolutionize the way we power our houses, businesses and potentially, the whole planet. In storing energy during off-peak hours of the day, solar batteries will enable houses to run independently of the power grid, with the potential to save us vast amounts of money.

 

The possibilities of domestic and business solar batteries are astounding. Not only is such cutting-edge technology a great economic investment, it ultimately aims to shift the planet away from dependence on fossil fuels as our main power source. In this sense it could be the defining factor in the United States’ pledge to cut its greenhouse gasses by “26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025”; and similarly, the European Union’s pledge of 40% by 2040. And in addition, the potential impact could be groundbreaking in developing countries, especially in areas that do not have easy access to grid electricity.

 

Who’s in the market?

Since Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors unveiled plans for their Tesla Powerwall at the end of April, Tesla has generated a wave of excitement across the industry. Declaring itself an “energy innovation company”, Tesla sees itself as a critical player in the mission to “enable a zero emission power generation”.

A wall-mounted lithium-ion electric battery for homes and small businesses, the Powerwall will measure in at 33 inches wide and 51 inches tall. It comes in either a 7-kilowatt per hour (kWh) daily cycle model, or a 10 kWh model, which cost $3,000 and $3,500 respectively. Moreover, consumers will be able to stack up to nine Powerwalls, providing up to 90 kWh of energy – some three times more than the average daily electricity consumption of U.S. residential utility customers. Tesla is also developing a higher capacity version designed for utility-scale use – the Powerpack.

Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz is also making progress in the industry with the announcement of its personal energy cell that holds 2.5 kWh of energy. Similar to the Powerwall that can be stacked to increase output, up to eight of these lithium-ion cells can be combined to hold 20 kWh of energy. Although prices are yet to be announced, Mercedes-Benz has opened an customer interest registration service on their website, though only available at the moment in Germany.

Aside from the aforementioned automobile corporations, various start-ups have had great success in the launching of similar lithium-ion batteries. Most notable is London based start-up Powervault. A product “designed with British people in mind”, the Powervault can store 2-4 kWh, and is priced at  £2,000-£2,800 ($3,110 – $4,350). Managing director, Joe Warren, aims to cut the cost to a modest £1,000 ($1,550).

Additionally, Ecotricity is set to trial the ‘Black Box’ energy storage system that will take houses on and off the power grid to avoid peak time usage.

 

Who will come out on top?

Tesla looks set to dominate a large part of the market with all planned units sold out until mid-2016. It has commissioned the building of the Gigafactory in Nevada, where it aims to produce 500,000 lithium-ion batteries annually, giving Tesla Motors a huge advantage over its competitors.

Despite such ambitions and early success, Tesla faces challenges in sustaining its market position due to the high cost of its product and its availability. This opens great opportunity for its competitors, including start-ups, to control smaller-scale markets. With plans to sell 50,000 units by 2020 through solar installers, it is clear that Powervault has its sights firmly on securing the British market.

With the price of lithium batteries predicted to fall, Deutsche Bank estimates that it could take only another five to ten years before we see wide scale adoption of solar batteries. We are clearly at the beginning of a new era in solar energy. Let’s hope the sun keeps shining!

 

About The Author

Clive Rollison is passionate about cutting costs for homeowners and businesses through renewable energy technology. His company, Complete Renewables, is the leading installer of solar panels in Essex, UK.

 

Source: Green Tech News

Tesla Powerwall Technology – Assault on Batteries

Tesla Powerwall Technology – Assault on Batteries

 

A couple of months ago, Tesla Motors announced an ambitious new technology—the Tesla Powerwall, which is a battery that can power up homes. The idea is that houses could harvest and store energy generated by solar panels during the day and use it to power up at night or during a power outage. The goal of the company is to fundamentally change the way the world uses energy.

 

The Basics of the Technology

The Powerwall is a home-based battery pack that is designed to store up to 10 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of power. So, if a hair dryer consumes about 1 kW to run while a stove takes more, the new technology could power a home for several hours. Simply put, it comes in 10 kWh weekly and 7 kWh daily cycle models, but can be installed in multiple units for houses with greater energy requirements.

The boxes, which are about 33 inches wide, 51 inches tall and 7 inches deep, are carefully designed to be easily installed and connected to the Internet so users can monitor their energy usage.

Aside from the Tesla Powerwall, the company is also planning to introduce a battery storage system for businesses called the Powerpack, though the price for this related technology has not been released yet.

 

Relevance to Tesla’s Proven Automotive Battery Technology

The Powerwall could be similar to the technology found in the company’s Model S car. It has been presumed that the vehicle uses a particular type of lithium-ion battery of which one layer—the cathode—is composed of a mixture of nickel, cobalt oxide and manganese. Lithium ions are interfused throughout this layer, and when the battery is charged, these ions are driven out of the cathode by an electrical current into a fluid filled with electrically conducting ions and into another layer—the anode—which is composed of stacks of graphite. When the battery’s stored power is used, it triggers the ions to drift back into the cathode.

Though Powerwall’s geometry or particular blend of ingredients might be different, its basic chemistry can be the same with that of the Model S car’s battery pack.

 

How the Technology Can Become a Game Changer for the Energy Industry

Based on product specifications, the Tesla Powerwall can store less power than the typical battery pack of the Model S car. Also, the vehicle is powered by direct current, while homes use alternate current. This means the new technology would include some type of converter.

But while the Powerwall may be quite similar to other battery pack technologies, it can spur change in the household power storage market. Of course, the idea of harvesting and storing energy from the sun is not new, but most people are using the typical, cheaper, small capacity batteries that cannot continuously power up an entire home.

Also, some companies experimenting with similar technology to power up facilities have only ended up creating huge, industrial-size batteries—essentially like an entire building. Moreover, most people are using photovoltaic systems to help power their homes but only to sell their excess energy back to the power grid during the day. In case of power outages, they use back-up generators that uses gas, which is quite costly.

With these things in mind, using the new Tesla Powerwall really makes sense, not just because of its design, but also from a purely economic standpoint. One can say that the Powerwall is making an assault on other batteries.

 

Source: Green Tech News