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Equipmake Hybrid To Battery Powered LT11

The bus in this video from Public Transport UK, may look like any of the thousand New Routemasters on the streets of London.

But it’s not, as it’s been given a transmission transplant by Equipmake of Snetterton in Norfolk.

The observant amongst you will notice, it has a refurbished interior, as I wrote about in My First Ride In A Refurbished New Routemaster.

There is also this press release from Equipmake, which is entitled Equipmake Showcases Sector-Leading Repower Technology With Fully-Electric New Routemaster Bus.

Some points from the press release.

  • Equipmake’s cutting-edge Zero Emission Drivetrain (ZED), uses a 95% British-built component content.
  • With pre-service trials already started in London, operated by Metroline, the electric version of the New Routemaster will continue to be assessed over the next six months.
  • The repowered New Routemaster, developed by Equipmake at its base in Snetterton, Norfolk, features a 400kWh battery enabling an expected in-service range of 150 miles – more than enough for a day’s running.
  • The development of the all-electric New Routemaster has come about thanks to a programme part funded by the UK Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC).
  • Over the coming months, Equipmake will be trialling additional repowered buses with other bus operators across the UK.
  • Featuring an advanced water-glycol cooling circuit, the system has the added benefit of providing interior heating during cold conditions with captured thermal energy.
  • When the battery is depleted at the end of a complete duty cycle, it can be recharged at the depot overnight via a CSS DC charging point.

But this is the bit I really like.

Under the skin, the New Routemaster also features Equipmake’s HTM 3500 electric motor. Seamlessly integrated into the prop shaft without the need for a separate transmission, the motor is precisely engineered to meet the demanding requirements of a fully-laden double-decker bus by producing 3,500Nm torque at a motor speed of just 1,000rpm and delivering 400kW maximum power.

It sounds a bit like a modern reincarnation of a TASC unit (torque and speed control unit), which was an industrial drive from the 1960s, used to precisely control industrial machines. I never used one, but I worked in a section at Enfield Rolling Mills, that did.

One car manufacturer of the time, was using them as an automatic transmission for a small car. It might have been Hillman.

A Comparison With The Wrightbus Streetdeck Electroliner BEV

The Wrightbus Streetdeck Electroliner BEV is the company’s latest electric double decker bus and a comparison can be made.

Seats

Equipmake LT11 – 87

Electroliner BEV – 96

Battery Size

Equipmake LT11 – 400 kWh

Electroliner BEV – 340 or 454 kWh

Range

Equipmake LT11 – 150 miles

Electroliner BEV – 200 miles with 454 kWh battery.

Conclusion

This New Routemaster, is certainly no ordinary electric bus.

With the batteries on hybrid buses needing to be replaced regularly, Eqipmake’s transmission transplant could also be scheduled, when a bus needs a new battery.

With Lotus just up the road, the engineering is certainly Normal for Norfolk!

November 12, 2022 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Posh Adverts At Bond Street Station

The new Hanover Square entrance to the Lizzie Line is built to a high specification.

Today, when I went through, they even had posh adverts.

De Beers do have a shop close to the station at 46-50 Old Bond St, London W1S 4QT.

November 12, 2022 Posted by | World | , , , , | Leave a comment

Hywind Tampen

In Equinor Sets Sights On Gigawatt-Scale Floating Offshore Wind Projects In Celtic Sea, I said this about Hywind Tampen.

Equinor is also currently constructing the 88 MW Hywind Tampen project in Norway, which will be the largest floating offshore wind farm in the world when completed in 2023.

This page on the Equinor web site gives more details of Hywind Tampen.

  • Hywind Tampen is a floating wind farm under construction that will provide electricity for the Snorre and Gullfaks oil and gas fields in the Norwegian North Sea.
  • It will be the world’s first renewable power for offshore oil and gas.
  • With a system capacity of 88 MW it will also be the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm.
  • The wind farm will consist of eleven 8 MW turbines.

When Hywind Tampen is operational, Equinor will operate nearly half (47 percent) of the world’s floating wind capacity.

This paragraph from the Equinor web page is significant.

The wind farm is estimated to meet about 35% of the annual electricity power demand of the five Snorre A and B, and Gullfaks A, B and C platforms. In periods of higher wind speed this percentage will be significantly higher.

I take this to mean that the gas turbines that currently supply the five platforms will be left in place and that their output will be replaced by wind power, when it is available.

The INTOG Program

I described this in What Is INTOG?, and it is the UK’s program, that includes electrification of rigs and platforms.

The first leases under INTOG would appear to be expected in March 2023.

Decarbonisation Of Offshore Operations Around The World

I’m sure that if Hywind Tampen and/or INTOG is successful, that the technology will be used where possible around the world.

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Equinor Sets Sights On Gigawatt-Scale Floating Offshore Wind Projects In Celtic Sea

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on offshoreWIND.biz.

This is the opening paragraph of the article.

Equinor has disclosed its interest in developing gigawatt-scale floating offshore wind in the Celtic Sea, with the upcoming Celtic Sea floating wind seabed leasing round in view.

These are some other points from the article.

  • The Crown Estate is planning a seabed leasing round in the Celtic Sea in 2023.
  • As the developer and soon-to-be operator of two of the world’s first floating offshore wind farms, Equinor said it views new floating opportunities in the Celtic Sea with great interest.
  • Project development areas are being prepared by The Crown Estate for the development of gigawatt-scale floating offshore wind projects.

Equinor could move into the Celtic Sea in a big way.

On the Projects page of the Blue Gem website, this is said about floating wind in the Celtic Sea.

Floating wind is set to become a key technology in the fight against climate change with over 80% of the worlds wind resource in water deeper than 60 metres. Independent studies have suggested there could be as much as 50GW of electricity capacity available in the Celtic Sea waters of the UK and Ireland. This renewable energy resource could play a key role in the UK meeting the 2050 Net-Zero target required to mitigate climate change. Floating wind will provide new low carbon supply chain opportunities, support coastal communities and create long-term benefits for the region.

How much of this possible 50 GW of offshore wind in the Celtic Sea will be leased by the Crown Estate in 2023?

November 12, 2022 Posted by | Energy | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Research And Development Agreement Signed For Hydrogen Combustion Trains In US

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on H2-View.

This is the opening paragraph.

Hydrogen combustion engine-powered trains are set to be at the centre of a collaborative research and development agreement between Argonne and Oak Ridge National Laboratories and Wabtec in a bid to decarbonise US rail.

The US is certainly calling up the heavy brigade in Argonne National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratories and Wabtec.

This appears to be the main objective.

It is hoped the team will be able to design train engines that will deliver the same power, range, and cost-effectiveness as current diesel technology.

The article states that there are 25,000 diesel locomotives in the United States, but because of exports to large parts of the world, including the UK, this research could clean up a lot more than just the United States.

The omens are good, in that both Cummins and Rolls-Royce mtu, who are two of the world’s big diesel engine manufacturers have successfully launched hydrogen combustion engines.

 

 

November 12, 2022 Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment