- Be versatile. Early fuel cell development favors engineers with multidisciplinary skills in fields including electrical, chemical, and automotive.
- Persistence pays off. Turning the fuel cell into a viable contender to power automobiles took decades of work with little initial reward.
- Keep an open mind. While millions has poured into developing batteries, most engineers overlooked the fuel cell, which offered far greater performance potential.
- One step at a time. Don't try to force consumers to make several large changes in their habits. Experts say that the potential to use gasoline or methanol will be key to the fuel cell's success. Completely altering the drivetrain and requiring a new fuel infrastructure would almost certainly kill the fuel cell's chances.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.