My near-term goal is building a public-private usability laboratory that demonstrates a practical Smart Grid to Smart Roadwireless power system for vehicles that travel on land, sea, air, above and beyond. The facility will be open to hobbyists and experimenters that are registered supporters interested in exercising their latest designs of wireless powered scale models and of course full-scale remote and manned control vehicles.
With my current focus on a Surface Effect Vehicle or WIG that is far more agile than anything proposed or currently operating. Upon proving its capability it would be tasked as part of an Intracoastal Passenger and Freight system intended to optimize the use of existing modes of transportation, complementing or bypassing hub-and-spoke air route systems on demand, and so provide greater access via low-cost point-to-point services. Not Far Field, Not Near Field Power Transfer, but Midfield Wireless Power Transfer that is safe, secure, and resilient.
They are technically called “Metal Amorphous Nanocomposite Materials.”
Energy efficiency – either for electric or ICE cars – is achieved by one of these three pillars: mass, aerodynamics or powertrain. Researchers from the Carnegie Mellon University will be able to tackle two of these pillars at once with a new soft magnetic material they have developed. It would be able to make electric motors up to three or four times lighter. With the same performance.
The technical name of these magnets is “metal amorphous nanocomposite materials”. The magic, or else, the science on these soft magnets, is their ability not to heat up as much as common magnetic materials. That allows them to achieve higher RPMs when applied to electric motors.
Linear Labs Hunstable Electric Turbine (HET)Fundamentally, electric motors haven’t changed all that much since they were developed well over a century ago: they’re still electromechanically spinning rotors inside of stators. There a Texas startup, though, that claims to have developed the first real, substantive improvements in the basic design of an electric motor, and they claim that its motor, the Linear Labs Hunstable Electric Turbine (HET) will perform so much better than conventional motors that electric cars with these motors can eliminate any sort of gearboxes, expect 10 percent more range from a given battery size, while providing more power and torque for a given size of motor.
In a white and grey laboratory, where neat runs of orange cables on the walls provide a relief of color, a three-bladed propeller spins on the front of a Cessna “Iron Bird” test frame. It’s eerily quiet, free of the buzz you expect from a propeller-propelled aircraft. Just the whoosh of air, like a ceiling fan spinning at full speed. It’s slow at first, then faster, to the point that the blades blur out of vision, and only the bright chrome center cone is visible, as engineers at the Magnix Systems Integration Laboratory on Australia’s Gold Coast push the rig, before powering it down to a silent stop.