The National Grid electricity power supply network


Climate change is causing the world to become more parched in some geographical locations and wetter in others at the ice caps melt and the temperature of planet earth rises.


One way of helping to global warming is to reduce the carbon dioxide and other gases that are the product of combustion in our petrol and diesel engines. Preferably, we should eliminate all internal combustion engines in favour of low carbon transportation such as electric vehicles.


In order to make that work we need an infrastructure that is capable of delivering clean renewable energy to a network of service stations that spans the globe.


In order to get anywhere near that happy ideal we will need the cooperation of Governments, Energy Suppliers and Motor Manufacturers around the world.


At the moment that is as likely to happen as aliens invading us from another planet, because there is a complete lack of cooperation from the parties.


Is there a solution? We can only hope that somebody out there is hoping for the same thing and that such hope spreads to enough people so that eventually the world's politicians begin to take sufficient interest to want to do something about it.











SMART SERVICE STATIONS - This concept EV forecourt offers between 7.68 - 15.36MWh of solar assisted energy storage with a capacity of between 48-96 battery cartridges on a continuous charge cycle. Five of these stations (76.8MW) could recharge (refuel) up to 10 trucks or cars a minute at peak times.


During rush hour, up to 300 vehicles might be serviced in one hour if drivers don't dawdle, as in get out of their vehicles for any reason - there is no need using automated billing - but this would require registered users. The truck shown in these AutoCAD drawings is 3.55 wide x 3.5 high x 7.7M long (8 x 11.5 x 25 feet). This station could accommodate trucks 4.46M (14.77 feet) high as shown, or with a raised roof, almost any truck currently on the market - though longer thinner trucks are more fuel efficient.


During an eight hour day 2,400 trucks might be serviced using five forecourts on the assumption that we start every morning with 96 x 5 = 480 slow charged cartridges from off-peak supplies. The same forecourt might be used to service fuel-cell cars powered by stabilized hydrogen. One size fits all. The secret is to KISS the design (Keep It Simple Silly). There are only 28* moving parts in this station, not including the gearbox for the solar powered drive motor. This is possible because with this system the vehicles load the cartridges themselves.






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