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Let’s catch a few of the new people up to speed: I think almost everyone in this industry is waiting for the results of EEStor’s ultracapacitor claim. EEStor is a secret little company in Texas and they filed UnitedStates Patent #7,033,406 that had six words that shook the energy industry: “technologies for replacement of electrochemical batteries”. Replacement of the battery?!? Wow - That is a hefty claim… maybe a bit overdue, but a big claim.
So.. ZENN Motors out of Toronto, Canada bought the rights to the technology and will be using in their electric cars. They will have a 250 mile range on a 5 minute charge (this will be longer if using a standard household plug - it is thought that it around 4 to 5 hours of charging time). ZENN has increased their retailers to 35 location and their sales are up over 130% from the prior year. ZENN holds 3.8 percent of EEStor and has invested 2.5 million in the company. They also have the rights for car conversions using with EEStor’s technology when it is commercially available.
This website has had some awesome comments about EEStor in previous articles. Some pro and some con. I feel good about EEStor! Some of EEstor's critics claim that what they write in their patent is simply wrong -they write that based on their own patent, they cannot store energy they claim. Here is one comment that was posted here:
* "Importantly, this is not a case wherein EEstor claims to have made some specific breakthrough regarding this issue. No such breakthrough is reported. There are no energy storage measurements, no permittivity versus field data, and no mention of eliminating or reducing dielectric saturation. Their patent and presentations indicate a complete lack of awareness (or lack of acknowledgment) of this issue. EEstor simply purports to make (or aspires to make) high K barium titanate based material, with a K of 18,000, and ultimately with an incredibly high breakdown strength of up to 300V/um. They then calculate the energy stored as ½ CV2 without comment on the use of this equation...
How large of an error does this cause? Calculated energy density is ½K’E2 when calculated total energy is ½CV2. For K = 18,000, and a field 100 V/um, this invalid calculation gives 800 J/cc. (½K’E2 = (0.5)(8.85×10-12 F/m)(18,000)(1×108 V/m) = 8×108 J/m3 = 800 J/cc). Eight references describing actual studies of energy storage in high permittivity ceramic dielectrics (including barium titanate and BST) are noted below." (Here is the full Reference)
Then along comes an glorious endorsement from the worlds largest defense contractor: Lockheed Martin. They signed an agreement in January for exclusive rights to integrate EEStor’s technology into United States military and homeland security applications. Although Lockheed Martin didn’t say they ever saw the actual EEStor test results.. this was a tremendous boost that EEStor needed.
So here we are… still waiting on new news about EEStor. There is nothing new post.. no breaking news.. it is mainly a recap for the many new people. I am excited for what EEStor has to offer and what they will be bringing to the table. We are getting a lot of new people coming here daily and taking a look at the ultracapacitor technology. I am very excited about this. Welcome!
THE PHOTO: I forgot to mention that I actually got struck by lightning two days ago. It hit me while I was leaving the office. It knocked my glasses off and popped the lenses out. My EKG was fine and blood test were good. My right leg is very numb and I am having trouble walking. All my friends asked me if I had an ultracap in my pocket. I kinda wished I did to take some of the shock away that I felt. I am getting better.
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Readers have left 19 comments.
interesting information on eestor with that link. i want to see more from this company soon. when will they produce something for us?
You should definitely start playing the lottery.
No.3 ZENN and EEStor Charging
On the charging, I read their website about the 5 minute charge.. it assumes that you can use 220V. Also one EEStor battery is used (52KW*HR):
220V*Xamps*5min = 52KW*60min comes out to 2836 amps.
This seems like it is very doable.
According to the wikipedia article on Eestor, they have posted some numbers about permitivity and dielectric saturation, but there's criticism of what they're claiming.
To a great degree, all any of us can do is wait and see.
(Critics will of course criticize us for wasting effort on hoping that it works out. Of course, we can criticize them for wasting effort on convincing us of something for which evidence is lacking and with no practical consequences.)
No.5 EEStor Critics
(Critics will of course criticize us for wasting effort on hoping that it works out. Of course, we can criticize them for wasting effort on convincing us of something for which evidence is lacking and with no practical consequences.)— Guest
I agree with you 100%... there has never been a statue built for a critic... only the heros.
I believe the main problem is going to be mass production. If only ZENN has bought rights to this tech, it could be a sign that production of this ultracap is difficult. I doubt any other EV manufacturer would pass on this company if there was no problems with them.
EEStor's ultracaps have the potential to change the industry, but they are taking their sweet time.
To the comment previously, ZENN has bought the entire rights to low- and mid-range cars. Long range producing companies will likely wait until the product is in a mass-production mode, and to ensure that they actually work.
Zenn CEO said they will be looking to license the tech to OEMs, once Estor delivers a usable Eesu and they prove its viability in their CityZenn cars, which he keeps insisting will be available in late 2009.
I'll believe it when I see it. I'm not holding my breath, but I did buy a few shares in Zenn (ZNN.V, on the Toronto Stock Exchange, if memory serves).
IF they can pull it off, THEN my few hundred dollars will be worth a ton. If they can't, then I bought a very expensive lottery ticket.
*IF* the folks at EEStor are putting on the world, Texas won't be big enough to hide them. They will forevermore be branded as con men totally unworthy of being trusted with even the smallest investment. They'll be lucky to find jobs sweeping floors.
Do they seem that stupid?