CLIMATE CHANGE - The United Nations' climate talks (known as COP OUT = Conference Of the Parties) took place in December 2019. During these global discussions action for climate policy is negotiated. The 25th COP-OUT took place in Madrid, Spain after Chile had to hand the torch over as a result of riots caused by transport cost rises. The main players continued to indulge in Red Flag politics, to buy themselves more time to plunder planet earth. In 1865 the British Government was bribed by the railways and stagecoach companies to pass the Locomotive Act, designed to prevent the development of horseless carriages, to enable the existing businesses to continue with their transport monopolies.


The 24th climate summit took place in Katowice, Poland. Before the event started, 50 high profile companies published an open letter to the UN calling for more action to curb climate change. So far with over twenty-five years of haggling the arctic ice is still melting - and faster than ever. No wonder so many high profile people and corporations are worried. In the UK we we are still granting planning consents for houses without solar panels or electric vehicle charging points. What are our politicians like? It's criminal. But who elected them. Yes, you did. And that brings us to Brexit. With the natural world crumbling from our carelessness, do we really need so much in-house fighting. United we stand, divided we fall.








This is an important venue to discuss what is working and to think about ways to implement a practical future infrastructure for electric vehicles that are battery, fuel cell or hybrid operated, such as statute that perhaps should be introduced elsewhere like the Automated and Electric Vehicle Act 2018.



The National Grid supplies homes and busineses in the UK with electricity   







SMARTNET FASTCHARGE STATIONS - This concept EV forecourt offers between 7.68 - 15.36MWh of solar assisted energy storage with a capacity of between 48-96 battery or hydrogen fuel cell 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 part load the cartridges themselves. A model of this system is now under construction. See below.



1:20th scale model of an electric truck refuelling station using universal energy cartridges


MODEL 1:20 - April 6 2020, a model of the service station is under construction, shown here with two Mercedes articulated container trucks inside. We are using plywood for the building and some of the working parts - that cannot be shown due to patent law prohibiting prior publication. The Automated & Electric Vehicle Act 2018, makes it law in England that provision must be made for charging and refuelling of electric vehicles at service stops. This system would more accurately be described as a refuelling point - since the energy exchanges for trucks and cars are virtually instant. The building can be a quarter this size for city locations where space is limited. But for load levelling purposes, the larger the capacity of stored electricity, the more efficient the grid. Copyright photograph © 6 April 2020, Cleaner Ocean Foundation.














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