Big-rig truck drivers will soon get a big nix on their habit of running their engines all night long to power their in-cab conveniences such as heating, cooling and entertainment. Without running the engine, their batteries get depleted overnight. So Maxwell Technologies of Detroit and Alcoa AFL Automotive of San Diego are merging their technologies to develop an efficient engine-starting system that will quickly jump a cold engine. “The AFL-Maxwell cold starting system, with its ultracapacitor pack, will provide what amounts to an on-board jump-start capability,” says Allen Zwierzchowski, president of Alcoa’s Worldwide Components AFL Automotive.
According to Zwierzchowski, fleet owners incur significant costs due to vehicle downtime and jump-starting stranded trucks. The Maxwell-AFL ultracapacitor is designed to relieve batteries of the demanding short-duration high-current loads experienced during cold-starting and engine. The ultracapacitor is also built to improve overall system performance and reliability while extending battery life and reducing battery maintenance and replacement costs.
The first Tacoma Narrows Bridge was a Washington State suspension bridge that opened in 1940 and spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. It opened to traffic on July 1, 1940, and dramatically collapsed into Puget Sound on November 7, just four months after it opened.
Noting that we now live in an era of “confusion and ill-conceived stuff,” Ammunition design studio founder Robert Brunner, speaking at Gigaom Roadmap, said that by adding connectivity to everything and its mother, we aren't necessarily doing ourselves any favors, with many ‘things’ just fine in their unconnected state.
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