The world’s first battery electric car ferry is under development in Norway. It’s capable of carrying 120 cars and 360 passengers, and it can fully recharge in just 10 minutes.
Called ZeroCat, the 260-foot ferry will enter passenger service in 2015 on a route between Lavik and Oppedal. The ferry’s electric powertrain was designed by Norwegian shipyard Fjellstrand with battery technology from Siemens, and it will be run by ferry operator Norled.
Instead of a 2,000-hp diesel engine — which powers the current ferry and sucks up over 264,000 gallons of fuel each year — ZeroCat features an 800 kW battery that weighs 11 tons and drives two screws. Though the battery is quite heavy, the ship only weighs half as much as a conventional catamaran ferry, thanks to twin hulls made of aluminum. Those hulls are a slim design, which further increases efficiency, with Siemens estimating the ferry will need only 400 kW to cruise at 10 knots.
Can’t wait to ride in it. I should be in Norway early fall…
Update: Sharp eyed tumblr ricanontherun noticed the ship is flying under what seems to be the Puerto Rico state flag. Norled is a subsidiary of a larger transportation company called DSD, based in Norway. The flag is the same, but has a slightly italicized effect, slanting the star and stripes. As far as I can tell, DSD has been flying the flag since 1903. Unclear the legal issues. It’s possible DSD registers in PR. Anyone?
The BioLite Camp Stove looks really neat. It is a portable, packable, high-effeciency, camp stove that generates electricity from the heat to also charge your gadgets:
Our stoves cook your meals with nothing but the twigs you collect on your journey, eliminating the need for heavy, expensive, polluting petroleum gas. Quick to light, fast to boil and easy to use. By converting heat from the fire into usable electricity, our stoves will recharge your phones, lights and other gadgets while you cook dinner. Unlike solar, BioLite CampStove is a true on-demand source.
Brilliant! Seriously, for anyone who enjoys the outdoors this seems like a no brainer.
* Nikola Tesla is the inventor of alternating current [AC] electrical supply system and Tesla demonstrated wireless energy transfer to power electronic devices in 1891.
Nikola Tesla, with Ruder Boskovic’s bookTheoria Philosophiae Naturalis, sits in front of the spiral coil of his high-frequency transformer at East Houston Street, New York. [WIKIPEDIA]
* FYI, this incredible Serbian American scientist/inventor’s name is Nikola with the “K,” not “C”
The secrets hidden in the pyramids of Egypt (Harun Yahya) (by HarunYahyaEnglish)
Amazing and 100% true science about how the great pyramid works the same as Tesla’s Wardenclyffe Tower he made. the whole arc of the covenant-moses, no idea about that. And dont even care about that really. Teslas Wardenclyffe tower didn’t use that. the pyramid is set up exactly like that tower. and was probably used for the exact same thing that the tower was setup to do.
* This is some mind blowing stuff and it’s incredible because it’s so intriguing.
Be open-minded and have no restriction on your imagination then watch it!