Politcal correctness aside there is no question that adding an additional power system to a hydrocarbon combustion plant also adds additional waste.
Pound for pound it takes more fuel to move a hybrid per foot poound of travel than it does to move a vehicle with a signle stage power system.
With a Hybrid one is also adding the waste of generation which includes the additional friction losses of driving a generator as well as the standard generator efficiencies encountated as an industry standard. These are generally no better than 80 percent adding rougnly an additional 20% loss to a process that is aleready terribly inefficient.
Engineers at Fuel Cell Energy have found a way to take advantage of a side reaction, unique to their carbonate fuel cell that has nothing to do with energy production, as a potential, cost-effective solution to capturing carbon from fossil fuel power plants.
To get to a trillion sensors in the IoT that we all look forward to, there are many challenges to commercialization that still remain, including interoperability, the lack of standards, and the issue of security, to name a few.
This is part one of an article discussing the University of Washington’s nationally ranked FSAE electric car (eCar) and combustible car (cCar). Stay tuned for part two, tomorrow, which will discuss the four unique PCBs used in both the eCar and cCars.
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