Hybrid propulsion system: Airbus and Siemens have signed an agreement to jointly develop hybrid-electric drives for airplanes. Until 2020, the partners want to show the feasibility of various propulsion systems. Airbus CEO Tom Enders is convinced that an airplane with less than 100 seats could be propelled by a hybrid system by 2030.
Inductive charging technology: WiTricity has signed another license agreement, this time with Japanese company Daihen. The latter will use WiTricity’s magnetic resonance technology for its inductive charging technology for forklifts and Automatic Guided Vehicles (AVG).
Generator highway: Volvo has fitted a short bit of highly frequented U.S. road with an underground hydraulic generator. Every passing vehicles generates electricity, used to charge a nearby parked Volvo XC90 Plug-In Hybrid. The PHEV thanked (perplexed) drivers on a giant screen and left the charger with a full battery later that day.
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Fuel cells from South Africa: As part of a project to build up local skills in hydrogen and FC development in South Africa, company Impala Platinum Limited unveiled a new fuel cell powered forklift and H2 fuelling station. It was developed by Hydrogen South Africa (HySa) Systems, the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and the Department of Science and Technology.
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