The Dawning Of A Cool Revolution

Published 6:44 am Saturday, June 2, 2012

(NAPSI)—Take a technology that’s been around since the 1880s, make a few improvements, and suddenly you have the beginning of a cooling revolution that may rapidly transform motors, generators and a variety of other products.

Here are some little-known facts: Cooling increases power. Get a motor or engine to run cooler and it’ll generate more power. HPEV, Inc. has successfully demonstrated a new thermal technology that quickly transfers heat away from an engine, so motors and engines generate up to 30 percent more power. Cooling reduces costs. Get a motor to generate more power and manufacturers can reduce the size while keeping the same output. Because HPEV’s technology can be molded into any length or shape and incorporated into the manufacturing process, it takes up less space, uses less material and, consequently, reduces the size even more. The result: less cost to manufacture and cheaper prices to consumers.

Cooling lengthens product life. Heat is a root cause of motor, bearing and even brake failures. Cool it and products last longer, which saves consumers money. To that end, the thermal technology is also being tested in high-performance brakes, rotors and calipers by two racing teams. Cooling is green. Almost half of all electricity produced worldwide is consumed by motors and generators. Improving energy efficiency is the fastest, cheapest and most sustainable way to save energy and reduce emissions. HPEV’s thermal technology improves motor and generator performance by 20−40 percent.

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The potential applications are immense—from pumps and fans to compressors and uninterruptible power systems, plane and ship engines to hybrids and electric vehicles. In fact, an electric motor enhanced with thermal technology is integral to HPEV’s hybrid retrofit system that converts any internal combustion vehicle into a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Converted vehicles will be able to run on fuel and electric power at the same time. The electric motor adds what HPEV calls an “electric load assist,” which reduces the load on internal combustion engines by doing the equivalent work of five to 11 gallons of fuel, depending on the size of the vehicle. This results in fewer emissions as well as greater maintenance and energy savings.

The company (stock symbol BIBB) was founded last year to commercialize the Hybrid Plug-in Electric Vehicle, or HPEV, retrofit system. The target market for this technology includes fleet, commercial and consumer vehicles, ranging from SUVs to tractor-trailer trucks and buses. As the existing infrastructure at most vehicle maintenance facilities is sufficient to perform the conversions, the company plans to license the technology to automotive dealers and service centers nationwide as well as to fleet owners.

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