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Recycling Li-On batteries

Lithium-Ion batteries may be used to store solar energy in the future as a form of Recycling Li-On batteries

Post updated  18/3/2014

Motor-Trades Insight Recycling Li-On batteries

Recycling electric car batteries to provide power to homes could mean ‘an end …

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

We are already talking about a second use for the old electric car batteries ?

Four partner companies in the North East of England, they are Opus Green, SR Technologies, together with Tadea and Gateshead College. They are looking at the possibility of using Recycling Li-On batteries that will be changed at the end of life period after say ten years, on such cars as the Nissan Leaf.

The companies are trying to come with ideas about the use of Recycling Li-On batteries in conjunction  with solar panels and wind turbines, to store energy for use at night time, rather than just put the electricity used into the National Grid. We have such solar panels on our roof and the electricity generated is transmitted via inverter and an electric meter into the grid here in the UK.

All this working project will be carried out at Gateshead College research and development department at Barmston Road in Sunderland, in the North East of England. The EV batteries will be tested on sight at the college and will be used to power equipment that will be used on demonstration. In my opinion I cannot see why it should fail, once they found a way for the solar panels to charge up Lithium-Ion batteries. I know that there have been many other types of experiments in this field even using large banks of Trojan  batteries can be made to work-.

See more at…http://www.tadea-uk.com/News/A-second-chance-for-EV-batteries-


“Malcolm Potter, Project Manager at Tadea said “This is a very exciting project for tadea to be involved in and as it’s the first of its kind within in UK to focus on how to extend the life of these batteries it’s hoped that the results will lead to further developmental work in this field.”

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

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Tyres-Tarmac Mix Help Make a New Road A90 and Quieter Driving

Tyres-Tarmac Mix

Tyres-Tarmac Mix;First UK road to use the scrap tyres mix a great step forward

Breedon Aggregates have successfully completed the relaying of the A90 road in Scotland. Hence, the most remarkable thing about this is that they used a mix of tarmac and shredded waste tyres.

Tyres-Tarmac Mix

Tyres-Tarmac Mix;Waste tyre dumps like this will soon be a thing of the past. There are now many different ways of sorting out scrap tyres. One of the latest is to strip the old tyres down and remove the steel wires to use again, turning the rest of the tyre into rubber crumbs. These crumbs ca be used for all sorts of things including mixing with tarmac to build roads with.Che trial of the new tyres based tarmac was ordered from Transport Scotland and the new road with the new Tyres-Tarmac Mix, will be monitored and tested by them over a period of time.

As a result, this is a massive step forward. Consequently,the new Tyres-Tarmac Mix  has a very promising future.Of course, the A90 road runs between Perth and Dundee. Moreover, the road is a duel-carriageway for most of its length. Of course, this particular stretch of road is one of the busiest in the country. Hence, is expected to be a great test for the Tyres-Tarmac Mix experiment. This road carries about 35,000 vehicles a day. So is also exposed to very inclement weather conditions.

As intended, the new material will be rigorously tested over the next few years. One of the most important tests is a skid resistance test. Signs so far are very promising. As a result,the surface has so far passed all the tests.

Tyres-Tarmac Mix from Denmark

New technology for the success of the new mix came from a Danish company,Genan. Enabling, the rubber particles from the shredded tyres to bind with a binding agent at low temperatures. Which also helps the environment because very little heat is required.

Most people know that since 2006, European Rules have banned the disposal of waste tyres to the landfill sites, leaving very large amounts of scrap tyres to find other uses in many various forms of recycling. According to the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers Association, nearly 500,000 tons of scrap tyres arose in the UK in 2009. Studies show that for every ton of scrap tyres used for rubber modification of bitumen and asphalt, 1.1 tons of CO2 emissions are saved compared with burning of the tyres for use in Cement kiln heating.

Pellon Tyres say-The new Tyres-Tarmac Mix has a very promising future.Of course, the A90 road runs between Perth and Dundee Click To Tweet

Tyres-Tarmac Mix-One day they may buy our old tyres again?

This is a great step forward and we must thank Breedon Aggregates for their work in this field to turn a waste product such as old tyres into a wonderful new product that will benefit us all in the long run. Breedon are now going to market the new product and sell it under the brand name of Breedon Polymer R+, and the tarmac will be produced at all its English and Scottish plants, a great step forward and who knows that some day companies may once again buy the old tyres from us again ?.

Tyres-Tarmac Mix

using the new mix on the A90 in Scotland

 Please click the link bellow for more information from Breedon Aggregates.

http://www.breedonaggregates.com/news/2012/05/31/breedon-aggregates-gives-a90-a-novel-retread/

 

BMW’s hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will begin testing in the near future

hydrogen fuel cell

 

BMW will begin testing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the near future. The new generation of  hydrogen vehicles are currently under development

Source: www.bmwblog.com

This is good news for the regular garage owner?

I believe that we will be able to repair these hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the after market but the car manufacturers will keep a tight lid on the battery driven EV’s, and we will only get the scraps.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology battles it out with battery power

Believe it or not the Hydrogen Fuel cell (HFC) technology is nothing new? The method of converting pure hydrogen and oxygen into water and electricity is a blast from the past, and goes back to the 1930’s (even older than me).

This kind of technology was also effectively used on the Space Shuttle Programme by NASA until it was all taken apart the other year. The older type of fuel cell equipment that produced enough power to propel a vehicle, was very large and would just about fit into a large van, and so something smaller had to be designed.

A smaller type of fuel cell had to be designed and it became clear that Toyota Motor Company were in the lead in the design of this technology. Toyota plan to have a smaller more powerful and efficient fuel cell in use in one of the cars by the end of 2015, (this year).

All the car manufacturers are looking at developing greener vehicle and it now looks likely that BMW the giant German car maker are looking at HFC  technology to power their vehicles in the future, in fact it is thought that they come into some sort of research and development agreement with Toyota and hope that the two car giants can come out tops with the HFC engines fitted into their cars.

BMW forge ahead with Hydrogen cell technology with the Hydrogen 7 car

The battle between the different engine concepts is hotting up between the Hydrogen cells and the Lithium-Ion battery driven vehicles. BMW have brought out their Hydrogen 7 production car, with a hundred of them out on test. I understand that they have done this by turning a regular gasoline burning car into a Hydrogen burning car and the results are positive so far, the car retains all the comfort and exclusivity that you would expect from a BMW luxury car.

Audi have also bought into the fuel cell scenario, by purchasing patents of hydrogen fuel cell technology from a company called Ballard Power Systems

hydrogen fuel cell

How a Hydrogen cell car works

One more thing is missing from the stage: hydrogen filling pumps. Once such a network would be deployed, batteries would suddenly become the dirtier and more inefficient option, since using hydrogen only produces water, does not deplete Earth’s lithium reserves and does not pollute the environment in any way. They will also share the patents with the rest of the VW group, showing their intent and interest in the hydrogen fuel cell format for greener cars of the future.

We all know that there is no love lost between supporters of battery-electric cars and hydrogen fuel cell cars, but what is a realistic way to compare the two? One of the big advantages at the moment is that Hydrogen cell vehicles can travel five times longer than the EV battery electric cars on a single tank, and it takes just a few minutes to fill the tank with hydrogen, this can be compared with the 8 hours or so it takes to recharge a battery.

On the down side we do not yet have a good enough network of  filling stations, I know that Germany have started to install them and I have heard the some of the big UK supermarkets are considering adding hydrogen to their extensive petrol station outlets, this could also be the case in the USA, especially the California area where they are very aggressive about greener pollutant free cars.

Time will only tell but although I am not an expert, I am very interested in what is happening and it may well be hotting up with the demise of the diesel engine, after they have had bad reports about pollution. In fact the authorities in Paris are going to ban the older diesel cars from entering the city in the near future, this after the experts were preaching how safe diesel cars were, they have now done an about turn and left us all in it?

Hyundai also developing hydrogen cell cars

The Hyundai company have developed the “Tucson Fuel Cell” car which  looks just like a typical small SUV, but the difference is that it is’ powered by hydrogen. These  vehicles use a Hydrogen fuel cell instead of  battery technology. The fuel cell is replenished with hydrogen mixed with oxygen, and the result is a supply of electricity to power the car. Water is the only emission, that is emitted from the car, a great success.

Honda will also bring out their own Hydrogen cell version which is known as the FCX Clarity Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle .

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.