Sunday, May 25, 2014

Idea: Wirelessly Charging racecars

I was reminded, by some typical Memorial Day Weekend events today, of some interesting projects charging vehicles.
Ontario's demand hit a record low, for the month of May, this morning - at the time Ontario was curtailing about 2500MW of supply and exporting, at no charge, another 2700MW.
This is race weekend in a couple of places: the Indianapolis 500 and F1's Monaco.

Formula E is coming about an induction-powered racetrack too?

In South Korea, Wireless Charging Powers Electric Buses | Wired (summer 2013)
The city of Gumi, South Korea has debuted a wirelessly charged electric bus, becoming yet another municipality to embrace induction charging. Where we’re going, we don’t need cords…
The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) developed the Online Electric Vehicle (OLEV) platform, which is already in use on trams at the Seoul Grand Park amusement park and shuttle buses on the school campus. Now, the passenger route between the Gumi train station and the In-dong district is now plied by two induction-powered buses.
...the buses will be able to use batteries about a third the size of what you’d find in an electric car ...because of public transit’s fixed routes, engineers can ensure that buses get a proper charge every trip without a need to stop and recharge
Induction charging is already powering buses in Utah and in Germany. Buses in Torino, Italy have used induction since 2003, and routes in Utrecht, the Netherlands got induction back in 2010.
In South Korea, Wireless Charging Powers Electric Buses | Wired (summer 2013)

Ontario is giving the US more than enough power on the day of the Indianapolis 500 that we could supply power free but for sponsorship status.

And we could do the same for Formula 1's Monaco race too.  Don't know what that transmission line would cost - I'm from Ontario, where we don't worry about that stuff.

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