High-performance Flow battery could rival lithium-ions for EVs and grid storage the battle is on?

high performance flow battery

A new redox High-performance Flow battery developed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) more than doubles the amount of energy that this type of cell can pack in a given volume, approaching the num…

 

The Nano Flow Cell Technology, is another possible contender to knock the Lithium-Ion battery off top spot, the testing is not yet completed but the results look good after initial testing.

Original article posted on Batteriesontheweb  Blog for further reading…http://www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk/blog/

Redox Flow Battery may Take Over from Lithium-Ion Batteries

The race to create the battery of the century is being fought out in universities all over the world, including the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The PNNL have been working on a new type of battery known as the “redox flow battery”.

The scientists involved claims that the new battery will give twice the amount of energy in a given volume and the model is almost on par with the lithium- Ion battery. This battery will be yet another challenge to vast amount of input and dollars that have been put into the development of the lithium-Ion batteries. It will be a challenge to the statuesque offering power to the solar storage industry, portable electronics such as mobile phones and naturally power the electric cars.

How does the Redox High-performance Flow battery work?

This is a good question and I am afraid that I can only give a simple answer. A much more in depth explanation is available in nature.com.

The design of the High-performance Flow battery is made to form two electrolytes with an opposite charge. These make electricity through a chemical energy reaction by exchanging the ions that are produced through a membrane. The two electrolytes are kept in external tanks, making the system very easy to charge, you just have to change the electrolytes, which are also resistant to high temperatures, an advantage over the Lithium-Ion model.

At the moment a dis-advantage over the Lithium-Ion battery is the fact that flow cell only gives a third of the power?

The PNNL institute have already developed a first time battery, the high-performance zinc-poly-iodide flow battery. This battery can give a high density and it would be possible to increase this in the future, with further modifications.

Because size does not matter, there will be scope for this type of High-performance Flow battery is to be used in large scale storage applications, say for storing solar energy for whole communities, and this could put a spanner in the works of Tesla, who are now claiming a stake for their batteries to be used in the same field.

The new zinc-poly iodide flow battery, claim to be much safer than the other players in the battery field, because they can store more power in a smaller space and because there is no acid in the structure, then the battery is safe from catching fire and can work in much lower temperatures than the lithium-Ion batteries. This also eliminates the need to have expensive battery cooling technology, which at the moment takes up much room in a power train.

Further testing of the new battery is going onto solve a few minor problems and they will also be building larger batteries, that can also be tested over a period of time, but lithium-Ion battery makers will be looking over their shoulders with this one.

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Please note these are the words and opinion of the author (Eric Roberts) only. Neither the author nor the website can be held responsible for any errors or omissions. You should seek professional assistance if in doubt about your choice of battery. The article may contain a link to Batteries on the web where you can buy battery products online.

 

Graphene Could Kill Lithium-Ion Batteries

Lithium-Ion Batteries

Don’t break out the widow’s weeds just yet, but it looks like momentum is building for energy storage to move past the lithium-ion batteries phase and get into the more powerful territory of lithium-sulfur technology.

 

Lithium-sulphur batteries could take over the Lithium-ion batteries

The race to create the Elderado of batteries that will save our planet is truly on. Since the beginning of the year many new contenders have come forward.

The latest next one in line is the more powerful area of the Lithium-Sulphur (Li-S) batteries. A huge breakthrough in this technology has seen the use of “wonder material” graphene, which will be used as a bridge between the different components of the batteries.

Li-S contains a much higher energy density that the lithium-Ion counterpart and the breakthrough will come when the technology can be put into use by developing a commercial battery model. This will send a shudder down the spines of the Lithium-Ion Batteries manufacturers, such as Tesla cars, who at this very moment are building a giant factory to produce Lithium-Ion Batteries UK on a grand scale.

Zinc-poly iodide flow batteries know as redox flow batteries

Many new types of creations to help the planet achieve a greener future are now coming into fruition. PNNL have been working on a new type of battery known as the “redox flow battery”. This battery will also be a competitor to the Li-on batteries.

It will have great advantages over the Lithium-Ion Batteries ; one of them will be the fact that the battery contains no acids and can operate at much lower temperatures, eliminating the need for expensive equipment to cool the batteries down as used on the Li-in power trains. The new type of battery will at first be known as the “zinc-poly iodide flow” batteries.

Nano Flow batteries are also here.

Another contender in the fight for the battery future is the “Nano flow battery”, which has already been fitted into a road car by the Nano FLOW CELL AG (NFC) Company in Lichtenstein a small principality in Europe. The car can now legally drive on the roads and is very snazzy looking; the name of the model is the “QUANTe”.

We also have many other technologies that are in development, including the Hydrogen car developments, taken up in Japan by Toyota and Honda. With more and more car companies trying to gain a foothold in the market place by building cars that are zero emissions. This will, as I have predicted,  give the auto industry a very interesting future and it will be interesting to see if any one player will eventually become the winner, and could it be the end for cheap car batteries online.

Disclaimer

Please note these are the words and opinion of the author (Eric Roberts) only. Neither the author nor the website can be held responsible for any errors or omissions. You should seek professional assistance if in doubt about your choice of batteries. The article may contain a link to Batteriesontheweb where you can buy battery products online.

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BATTERIES MAY NOT BEEN KING- 8 Amazing Green Vehicle Technologies from Recent Years

BATTERIES MAY NOT BEEN KING

If present trends continue, the number of automobiles on Earth – now at one
billion – will double by 2030. The earth will be overrun by an alien
species with toxic breath…

 

The Nanoflowcell Quant e-Sport limousine has now been given the clearance to drive on Europe’s roads

This new type of fuel could knock batteries from powering the cars of the future and BATTERIES MAY NOT BEEN KING?

This is a  great article and one of many to come out recently. It writes about what it thinks that the new technologies have brought to car manufacturing in recent times.

I am particularly interested in the piece about Nano Flow cell, because of my business interests in car batteries and BATTERIES MAY NOT BEEN KING!!!

This all new type of car was introduced at the prestigious Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland and has indeed been turning some heads.

The new car is named the “QUANTe” and is made by a small company from the principality of Lichtenstein by the name of Nano FLOW CELL AG (NFC).

The car not only looks fantastic, but the part that interests me is the fact that it is powered “flow cell” technology, that is run on “SALT WATER”, yes, “SALT WATER”?, well a type of metallic salt electrolyte.

The technology for this came originally from “NASA” way back in the 1970’s,but for some reason the idea was not followed through and the patents have since expired. Now because of the new surge in interest to make more fuel efficient cars that do not run on fossil fuels, the interest in flow cell technology has been re-ignited by several companies.

In real simple terms the flow cell is a battery that will operate like a fuel cell

the thing that holds the energy are liquids and the power that is generated uses a membrane and electrodes. The car is powered along using an electric motor fitted to each wheel (so four in total). To enable a charge or discharge the nano flow cell, there are two kinds of different electrolytic solutions that are pumped through the appropriate battery cell in which an electrode (anode or cathode) is located. A partition separates the two electrolyte holding chambers and their different  chemicals. At a nominal voltage of 600 Volts and 50 Amps nominal current, the system in the lab is achieving a steady steam of output of 30 kW.

The new car is expected to have a driving range 375 miles and they can be filled up with electrolyte fluid, the experimental car carries two 200-litre (53 gallons US) electrolyte tanks on board, for a total energy capacity of 120 kWh, to give a similar experience  to the driver filling up with conventional petrol or diesel. Unlike conventional fuel though when the electrolytic fluids in the tanks are discharged, the contents of both tanks must to be replaced. The prototype features a double tank system with dual filler necks, one for each electrolyte, to keep times for the electrolyte liquid replacement to a minimum. This new flow cell car will not have the same inherent dangers that the Lithium-Ion batteries(BATTERIES MAY NOT BEEN KING) poses at the moment and a flow cell will be able to run for a very long time.

This brings up my personal theory once again that each car technology is starting to outstrip another. On face value this fuel method looks like the best one?

BATTERIES MAY NOT BEEN KING

the quant nano flow cell car a great looking car with a green future

This type of fuel cell will not be explosive and dangerous, like the hydrogen Fuel Cell Energy technology that car manufacturers like Toyota and Honda are favouring, or as I say the Lithium-Ion battery technology that Tesla are investing in.

Also the flow cell are not made from precious metals, and this is another blow to all the other players in their quest to provide the car that will travel a good distance and compete or even better the performance of the petrol driven car that we all rely on at the moment, only the future will tell us who the winner will be, but at the moment, this flow cell car is going to take some beating.

For more reading … http://nanoflowcell.com/

http://www.anl.gov/sites/anl.gov/files/es_nanoelectrofuels-broch-genl.pdf

Disclaimer

Please note these are the words and opinion of the author (Eric Roberts) only. Neither the author nor the website can be held responsible for any errors or omissions, that where found when compiling this article. You should seek professional assistance if in doubt about your choice of battery. The article may contain a link to Batteriesontheweb.co.uk, where you can buy battery products online.

Pirelli Tyres- Top Investor- Camfin Said to Discuss Sale to ChemChina – Bloomberg

Pirelli Tyres

Pirelli’s Top Investor Camfin Said to Discuss Sale to ChemChina
Bloomberg
The talks come as larger competitors Michelin & Cie. and Continental AG seek to expand with acquisitions, particularly in Asia.

 

This is not as surprising as i first thought. China will,be looking to buy existing western global companies, to increase their product knowledge and their world portfolio.

This offer for a large part of Pirelli tyres does not come as any surprise in the chase for global dominance,

Including the tyre market. We have already seen the Apollo, Indian tyre companies lust for expansion, and the Chinese will also be active in the takeover battle for some of our leading European tyre companies.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1293/PIRELLI

It comes as no surprise to me that Pirelli tyres have now come into the hands of the Chinese state owned company ChemChina.

Like all the other leading tyre companies, Pirelli have developed tyre technology for over a hundred years and will bring the boost of the fifth largest tyre company in the world under the Chinese fold.

The 7.5 billion Euros bid was agreed by the Pirelli shareholders, was agreed by shareholders last Sunday.

There is no doubt that the Chinese have bought giant Italian tyre company for a few reasons, one because of the week Euro and also, they will then have access to Pirelli tyres technology

pirelli tyres

Pirelli tyres are great participants of motorsport from F1 cars to small rally events. like the one in the image.

for making premium tyres and also motorsport technology for future research and development.

ChemChina have already developed a tyre making facility, known as the China National Tyre and Rubber Company, who will go into a joint venture and bid to buy the 26.2% stake of Pirelli from the Italian holding firm of Camfin and a bid for the rest of the tyre company, will follow.

Pirelli boss Tronchetti Provera is one of the Camfin investors and he is expected to remain as chief executive. This type of takeover has been part of my working life in the tyre industry. The difference is that it is now China and not the USA that are buying the assets of European tyre makers. Goodyear tyres were always buying out smaller niche tyre manufacturers to add to their portfolio. In more recent years, Apollo tyres from India have been a dominating force in trying to increase the size of their tyre business by making takeover bids, such as their recent acquisition of Vredestein tyres, with a manufacturing base in Holland.

There were even reports coming out of Italy that, that a counter bid may even be coming from one of the other big European tyre companies, either Continental tyres of the French tyre maker Michelin. It will now be a case of “watch this space “to see how the Chinese takeover will improve Pirelli’s standing in the global tyre market, but there is one thing sure, and that’s the Chinese sure aren’t short of money and could be looking for a large tyre retailer to distribute the Pirelli product more aggressively? Or, a large wholesaler perhaps?

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Pirelli car Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Wheel Balancing is Important for that perfect ride?

wheel balancing

Wheel balancing is important because it keeps your tyres, bearings and suspension system in order.

Source: affordableautohopkins.com

This is a short but to the point article about the importance of having your wheels balanced.

it is something that we in the tyre trade keep harping on about, but never the less is important, most of us have witnessed their wheels out of balance, and had Wheel Balancing Problems when the steering wheel starts to shake driving down the motorway (freeway).

https://www.pellonautocentre.com/centrelesswheels.htm

Wheel Balancing  will give you a better ride

Wheel balancing is one of the things in motoring terms that we take for granted? When I first started working in the tyre industry, we had a small piece of equipment that we would use to

wheel balancing

Old style static bubble wheel balancer

balance the wheels, whenever we fitted a new tyre.

This was known as a bubble-balancer, and that is exactly what it was. You would sit a wheel on top of the balancer and a bubble, similar to the ones in spirit level, would tell you when the wheel was out of balance by the tilt on the wheel and we had to counteract this at the opposite side by adding lead weights.

When the wheel was level and the bubble was dead central then the job was done and the wheel was fitted onto the car. The cars in those days were things like Ford Poplars and Morris 1000’s and so did not travel very far or go very fast.

Sit on Wheel Balancer was our first electric balancer.

There are different types of out of balance, “static balance”; vertical shaking that can come from a heavy spot on the tyre. This is what we would try to cure on our bubble balancer. This could also be cured on the next machine that came into use.

The machine was a sit on machine known as a On Car Wheel Balancing machine made by “Repco” and we would jack up the car put machine against the car wheel and we would then spin the electrically driven machine up to high speed. While the wheel was spinning a strobe light would make look like the wheel was in a still position we would then stop the machine with a type of brake and put a counter balance weight on the wheel depending where the tyres valve could be seen.

This method of wheel balancing was horrific.

The older guys in the industry will remember the fact that the wheels would shake violently and then the vibrations would shake the cars to bits, whilst the poor customer looked on with terror in his eyes. This reminds of the “roller brake tester” used on the modern MOT test, when the car gets shaken to bits, having a brake test.

This method of balancing was not for the faint hearted and I was glad to see the back of them.

The next set of wheel balancers were the fore runners to today’s sophisticated machines. We would put the wheel on a spindle and spin it by hand. These balancers would correct “static”

wheel balancing

Aaron with our up to date modern wheel balancer

and “dynamic” out of balancing. The modern wheel balancer is equipped with many sensors and can pick up balancing problems at high and low speeds. These are necessary for today’s high speed cars and of course give the car drivers a smooth ride, (that’s if your wheels are balanced of  course).

On a regular basis in my opinion is at least once a month. Most members of one of the independent tyre organisations ,such as Point-S will check your wheel alignment and wheel balancing for free and will only charge you if the car is out of alignment and requires adjusting.

Wheel Balancing is part of having a new tyre fitted

Today we balance your wheels as a matter of fact when you buy new tyres or have a puncture repaired. If you need a wheel balance just as a matter of fact and your steering wheel starts to shake at say 50 mph, then this is because you may have lost a balance weight or your tyre has become out of shape, due to perhaps a “slipped belt”, which can be caused by nail or screw damaging the steel belt in your tyre, putting the tyre out of shape and causing the wheel to be out of balance.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Toyo Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Goodyear tyres chosen as Original Equipment for new Fiat 500X – Etyres

goodyear tyres

Goodyear tyres have been chosen to supply the Original Equipment tyres for the two new versions of the snazzy Fiat 500X in Europe. The tyres have been carefully selected to meet the needs of the newly-revealed Fiat 500X.

As most of my readers will know ,i have a soft spot for Goodyear tyres and all that they do.

The decision by Fiat to fit Goodyear tyres to their new 500X is not ground breaking ,but any go news helps sell them tyres.

When car makers fit tyres as original equipment, they will get a certain replacement figure when the first tyres are replaced, which as i say is good news for Goodyear tyres.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1258/GOODYEAR

Goodyear tyres have been chosen for two out of the three models

The new Fiat 500X compact X over will be available in three different models and styles. The cars will also be available in different drive options, two off-road focused versions and also the 4 wheel drive 500X cross+ and the front wheel drive 500X cross.

Goodyear have been selected to have their tyres fitted as original equipment on two of the above versions of the up market Fiat 500Xfor the European market, a great honour for this

famous tyre company.

To the people that read my articles, then they know that I have always been a big fan of the Goodyear tyre company, they were the ones that gave me my first managerial post, way back in the 1970’s and I have been a fan of their tyre products ever since.

Fiat have selected two different tyres from the Goodyear range

the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 tyre will be fitted to the more robust model of the new X over, to help give the car a smooth ride. The tyre size will be 225/45R18 with the 91Y load rating. The Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 assists the car with excellent braking and steering qualities.

The urban centered models will be fitted with EfficientGrip Performance tyres, and the size of the tyres will be 215/55R17 94V. The Efficient grip performance tyre gives an excellent rolling resistance which helps with lower emissions, plus gives a superior braking performance to the new Fiat car.

The Goodyear consumer marketing director Hans Vrijsen said… “The Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance tyre provides excellent rolling resistance performance and braking performance suitable for a city car, while the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 has a large rim size, offering exceptional braking and handling .We are pleased to offer tyres that not only fit the overall polish and panache of the FIAT 500X but are also customised to fulfill the car’s different driving needs”.

Goodyear tyres

Fiat 500

The new Fiat 500X also comes with many added extras depending on the model that you buy, including, Bluetooth, aux-in and USB connections, steering wheel-mounted controls they also fit voice recognition as standard on all versions of the car, although in the past I have struggled to get them to recognise my Yorkshire accent?

The new Goodyear tyres are available online from www.pellontyres.co.uk, and can be fitted in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Goodyear Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

 

Varta Batteries Driven BMW…All Electric of 1972 – Top Gear

Varta Batteries

Varta Batteries powered 1602e was BMW’s first EV, and grandaddy to the i8. Here’s its strange story

 

This was a surprise to me when i read about it?

I knew that battery driven cars are nothing new, but have never heard of BMW getting involved, and using Varta Batteries . We are now developing the electric cars driven by a different type of battery, but BMW apparently used the only technology available in those, the good old lead acid battery and Varta ones to boot.

www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk/blog

Electric cars driven by batteries are nothing new?

Many car manufacturers have tried to produce the electric cars, going back to the 1800’s. One of the efforts came from Ferdinand Porsche, the guy who started the Porsche car

Varta Batteries

This Renault was an early experiment into electric cars, but the lead acid batteries were too heavy.

company. He developed an electric car known as the P1 as far back as 1898. He also developed what could have been the first hybrid in the world a car that was powered by a gasoline engine and a battery.

Thomas Edison also thought that electric cars were going to be the future and was always trying to improve a better batter to drive cars. Edison teamed up with Henry Ford to try to create lower cost electricity. Bur it was Ford who scuppered Edison’s plans by bringing out the model T, which would run on a petrol engine and not battery driven.

The cost of the cars driven on a gas engine was half the price of a battery driven model. The gas engine cars out sold the battery cars and this was amplified even more when the starter motor was invented and it became far easier to start a car by pressing a button, than by hand cranking the engine to start the car.

Varta Batteries

The Urbee experimental electric car

Petrol became more popular, as oil was discovered in more and more of America. This meant that the new roads that were been built all across the States were serviced by petrol filling stations all across the country, giving the gas powered engine an even bigger advantage to the consumers who were buying these affordable cars in droves, a new freedom had arisen and people were wanting to explore the new rod networks that were opening up all over America.

Petrol shortages spark interest in  electric vehicles driven by batteries

Nothing much happened in battery development for years and this brings me up to the time when I became interested in cars and went to work as an apprentice mechanic, here in Yorkshire my home county.

The 1960’s and 1970’s the world was shook by the Arab Oil Embargo (1973), which worried the USA about importing oil and in 1976 they passed a law authorising the development of battery driven electric and hybrid vehicles, nothing new here, what goes round comes round?

General motors developed an urban electric car, in 1973 and the American Motor company developed an electric battery driven jeep to be used by the American post office in 1975, things were starting to move but the problem of distance traveled on one charge, was rearing its ugly head, the same old problem that we are getting in today’s Lithium-Ion battery power trains.

Interest in the electric than slowed down and there were no further developments to name, regarding battery powered cars. That was until the 1990’s came along and the desire for cleaner air and pollution controls, Increased the interest once again, about developing the battery driven electric car.

Governments were introducing clean air acts and implementing emission controls on the car manufacturers. Unknown to the public which includes myself, governments were throwing billions of dollars in the surge to develop a better battery that would drive the electric vehicle of the near future. Oil prices were rising after the relatively cheap price of gasoline in the 1990,s and a similar scenario to the 1970’s was now emerging.

The world needed electric cars powered by batteries again

The race was on between the huge car companies in different parts of the world. Toyota of Japan was the first car maker to make big inroads into the electric car developments. In 1997 they introduced the Prius, which became the first mass produced hybrid car, a car with a petrol engine and a battery train. This to me is still the better option than the elusive all battery driven car. Toyota used a Toyota used a nickel metal hydride battery to power the Prius and as I stated earlier the gas prices were starting to rise, which made this car a very popular choice for consumers.

Honda had also produced their new hybrid in 1999, but the developments after that are another story, this article gives my readers a little insight of a period before the development of the new technology batteries, such as the popular Lithium-Ion batteries, that scientists are still trying to perfect to this day.

Please note these are the words and opinion of the author (Eric Roberts) only. Neither the author nor the website can be held responsible for any errors or omissions. You should seek professional assistance if in doubt about your choice of battery. The article may contain a link to Batteriesontheweb where you can buy Varta Batteries products online.

Continental tyres used in Daytona 24 hours motor race

Continental tyres

Continental reveal the challenge of supplying tyres all the tyres for the Daytona 24 Hours motor race. With 55 cars on the grid we bring around 10,000 tyres

 

This good news for Continental tyres, the taking part and supplying tyres for the Daytona 24 hour race in the States.

We are a great fans of the Continental product and look forward to further participation in the motorsport field.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1231/CONTINENTAL

Continental Tyres will continue as tyre provider for three of the four TUDOR Championship classes.

Continental tyres, one of our favoured tyres for Point-S, the tyre group that my business Pellon Tyres, here in Halifax Yorkshire, UK, are proud to be part of. They are also the tyre suppliers again to the prestigious partnership as official tyre of the International Motor Sport Association the “IMSA”.

This partnership will, last up to the end of the 2018 racing season and means that Continental tyres will be the official tyre provider for three out of the four “Tudor Championship Classes”. The reached agreement also means that Continental will be the tyre maker and supplier for the Prototype (P), Prototype Challenge (PC) and Grand Touring Daytona (GTD) classes. Continental Tyre also will continue as entitlement sponsor and exclusive tire supplier to the Continental Tyre Sports Car Challenge.

Ed Bennett the CEO of the IMSA is over the moon with the recent deal made with the giant German tyre manufacturers and said,

“We are very pleased to extend our relationship with Continental Tyre, As we continue to build the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, it is vital to have enthusiastic partners to help us grow the sport. Continental Tyre has been, and will continue to be one of our most active and supportive partners.”

Continental tyres

Continental slick tyres ready for Daytona action

The Continental brand of race tyres have an excellent reputation amongst the racing fraternity and it is expected that Continental will continue to use its exclusive racing tyres the “Extreme Contact TM”, that have a good reputation for the performance that the race drivers demand. Continental are keen to extend their reputation in the North American market and see the backing of these motor sport events as the way forward.

Continental tyres will have many marketing rights

As expected from such deals as this Continental tyres will have good logo positions on the race cars in the races where its tyres are used and have all the usual track side signage and many other marketing opportunities as they come along from promotions and different events including TV coverage. For further reading…http://www.motorsport.com/tusc/news/imsa-continental-tire-extend-partnership/

Continental has also extended their involvement with the NASCAR Group company as well as the IMSA.

To continue with the sport car theme, Continental tyres have developed the first legal track day tyre. This was achieved by tyre expertise and much research and development. The new tyre is known as the Conti Force Contact and will include the now famous “Black Chilli Compound” which aids the tyres to a better bonding to the road surface. The new compound plus a newly developed macro block shoulder design gives the new tyre superb handling when cornering at speed.

The tyre also benefits from having bi-directional draining grooves on the inside of the tread which provides excellent wet weather performance when on the track, allowing for safer driving conditions for the driver in wet weather. The tyres are available in 18 to 20 inch wheel rim sizes.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Continental Car Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Source: blog.conti-online.co.uk

Michelin story-So How did a Company selling Rubber Tyres become the World’s Authority on Restaurants?

Michelin story

It actually makes a lot of sense. It’s also genius marketing. But really, how did the world’s most talented chefs and esteemed restaurants and come to be

Source: www.messynessychic.com

This is a great article about the reason that the Michelin brothers, famous for their tyres decided to go into “evaluating restaurants “business, a good Michelin story.

Well worth a read although nothing much to do with tyres.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1272/MICHELIN

Michelin Guide was first introduced for motorists in 1900 (Michelin story)

We have all heard of the Michelin stars that are a sign of a top class restaurant, but I have always wondered where it all came from and just thought that the Michelin name was perhaps just a coincidence.

I know that they employ inspectors to visit restaurants without the owners knowing who they are. They then asses the restaurant for the highest quality of cuisine and this includes the products used in the meal, the flavours and cooking and whether or not the food is cooked in an individual style. The inspectors also check for value for money and also the number of times the customers visit the restaurant.

There is some concerns in the food industry thought that the Michelin stars mean NOTHING. They are after all judged by humans and so each individual will a certain opinion also depending what mood he may be in. The famous “Faulty Towers “sketch comes to mind, when a hotel inspector visits Basils Hotel, he was in for a shock.  I can imagine this happening to a Michelin inspector on a bad day?

How the Michelin guide was started?

The first Michelin motorist’s guides were not just aimed at restaurants, but were a wealth of information about where to find accommodation and meals for drivers touring France. The Brother responsible for this guide was Andre Michelin, who was also part of the Michelin tyre company and so the whole thing is related.

This was in 1900, but by 1920 the information in the guide about dining had become very popular and so to improve the quality of their references, Michelin decided to send out a team of inspectors to check out the restaurants outside of the Paris area where they had concentrated on most of the earlier dining reports. These out of Paris eateries, were give one to three stars according to the quality, an important part of the Michelin story.

This system was then introduced to Paris and by 1933, 23 restaurants were awarded the top prize of three stars. The system was then rolled out to other European countries, but the system was dropped for a while and then re-introduced in 1951, but very few would achieve the coveted three star rating.

Here in the UK we only have four restaurants that have achieved the three star rating they are; at Duck – Bray

Waterside Inn – Bray

Gordon Ramsay – Chelsea

Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester – Mayfair

What do Michelin Star Ratings Mean?

Here is a list of the ratings that can be achieved by the chefs; there are three levels of star ratings which can be awarded by the inspectors of the Michelin Star Restaurants; from 1 star to 3

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The star inn in Yorkshire has a Michelin star

stars.

1-Three stars “Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey”

2-Two stars “Excellent cooking, worth a detour”

3-One star “A very good restaurant in its category”

Unfortunately none of these are in Yorkshire, so I have never had the pleasure of eating in one of these fine establishments? However six restaurants in Yorkshire do have Michelin stars, but not the top honor of  three stars. One day perhaps?

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Michelin Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

 

Storage Batteries-The Battle is on for home power storage.

Original article written by Eric Roberts on… http://www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk/blog/

With the ever increasing amount of solar panels, comes the question of how can we store more of the power that we produce? This is more topical to the home owner who may be isolated from the national grid of the country that they live.

Things though are moving forward, and in recent times it has become possible to rig out a whole island community with its own solar and wind power supply, that is used to charge a giant bank of solar storage batteries. These batteries will store the energy from the sun that is collected by day, and then released into the system when the sun goes down, to power the

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A modern village with built in solar panels

islander’s houses and businesses.

Individuals have come up with great ideas to form their own electric Storage Batteries system using all types of batteries. In my opinion the best batteries to use are the AGM batteries that are made by Trojan and the America battery company.

Trojan batteries specify their RE Series of batteries and are available in 2-volt and 6-volt sizes and offers brand new features and benefits unmatched in the industry: These batteries are a much tougher version of their other deep cycle batteries especially made for solar panel Storage Batteries and wind turbine power.

US Batteries also make home power storage batteries

Another American company also offer a great range of Deep cycle batteries that are suitable for solar power storage, called simply US batteries. As UK agents for both these brands we can only say that they are the bee’s knees of deep cycle batteries.

Many of the home owners that use solar panels to produce power (and that includes myself), sell the electricity that is produced back the utility companies. As far as I know the system in the USA is different. The utility companies offer variable rates of payment, using different rate plans. They have to draw power from the grid in the afternoon and evening, when the sun goes down. They could keep costs down by drawing from the battery bank instead, and recharging the battery during off-peak hours.

Boat and motorhome users now use solar panels to charge up their batteries

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Solar batteries for storage on a large scale

The solar panel market has now spread to mobile home owners and boat owners, a walk down any canal in the UK and you will see the solar panels on the roofs of the house boats. These vehicles are not connected to the power grid and therefore require some kind of battery storage, for use at night time, when the sun goes down. The same applies to them as to householders and best batteries to use are the Trojan Batteries and the US Batteries. These batteries cost more but will last a whole lot longer over time, like anything else in life “you get what you pay for”.

What is the future of storage batteries?

Tesla car manufacturers in the USA are looking ahead to the future use of the Lithium-Ion batteries that are used in their cars. Because they are a world leader in this battery technology then one area where Tesla might stand out is in cost. Tesla builds its battery packs from battery cells provided by Panasonic, and is about to do it on a massive scale as soon as 2016 at its massive new factory currently under construction in Nevada, USA.. Such an economy of scale – producing 50 gigawatt-hours of battery capacity each year – is expected to push the company’s car battery costs down by 30 percent. Based on the same technology, and because these batteries can be used in home use Tesla’s home battery costs should come down as well and make them much less expensive, and making them affordable to the other communities of the world who at the moment do not have electricity, countries like Africa, where whole villages still rely on kerosene lamps in the dark of night.

Please note these are the words and opinion of the author (Eric Roberts) only. Neither the author nor the website can be held responsible for any errors or omissions. You should seek professional assistance if in doubt about your choice of battery. The article may contain a link to Batteriesontheweb where you can buy battery products online.