Bollinger Motors will manufacture battery packs for its own vehicles – as well as make them commercially available for standalone applications – starting in 2021. The Bollinger Motors battery pack is composed of modules in 35 kWh strings that can be connected in series or parallel to form a variety of pack sizes and configurations. Pack sizes will include 35, 70, 105, 140, 175 kWh, and higher, with many sizes capable of both 350V and 700V configurations. The modules are connected to both sides of a symmetrical and structural I-beam. The I-beam includes channels, through which cooling fluid is pumped, to extract heat away from the battery modules. The I-beams also provide cross-vehicle structural support and help protect the pack from side intrusions. Designed for safety, high energy density, and high continuous power capacity, the Bollinger Motors battery pack will be suitable for heavier applications such as medium-duty trucks, agricultural and construction equipment. “The heart of every EV is the battery, so it was crucial for us to develop our own battery pack in-house,” said CEO Robert Bollinger. “Our engineering team has created a pack with high-strength structural properties, exemplary cooling features and state-of-the-art software.” WHEELING, Ill. – Larry Collet was recently named Salesman of the Year for Penray‘s Automotive Division. Collet has been with Penray for five years and is currently southwest regional sales manager. “We are extremely fortunate to have Larry on board at Penray,” said Tony Costa, National Sales Director. “His aftermarket experience has been a valuable asset to many of our sales initiatives and he has definitely added value to the Penray automotive division. His eye for new business and constant contact with our current customers continues to make Larry a valuable part of the Penray team.” Additionally, Jason Hall was recently named Penray’s Heavy Duty Salesman of the Year. Hall also has been with Penray for five years and is currently Midwest regional sales manager. “Jason has been an integral part of Penray’s success since coming to Penray, and this award recognizes his hard work and commitment to our heavy duty division,” said Joe Long, director of sales, east region. “His eye for new business and nurturing spirit toward our current customers continues to make Jason a valuable part of the Penray team.” AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,Bollinger Motors has filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its battery pack design. The scope of the patent includes mechanical, electrical and systems-engineering innovations. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The Battery Management System (BMS) has also been developed in-house. The BMS has been created to handle any number of strings, therefore one BMS can be manufactured for all future battery-pack sizes and voltages. The BMS monitors voltage, current, and temperature at multiple points within the pack and manages the system accordingly. It works with other vehicle-control units to maintain optimum operating conditions that increase efficiency and extend battery life. The BMS also provides several features which ensure system safety, including detecting and isolating faults to enable continued vehicle operation.Advertisement Bollinger Motors filed the provisional patent application on Oct. 12. The patent application number is 17/068,260.
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InterOil announced the relocation of core functions from its 100-person office in Cairns, Australia, to support expanding operations in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The Cairns office will close by the end of the year.The decision to increase capacity in PNG comes as InterOil is finalizing an agreement with Total S.A. of France to develop a multi-billion dollar LNG project in PNG. Work continues on completing the Total agreement by the end of Q1 2014, including the buy-out of minority interests.Michael Hession, InterOil Corporation Chief Executive Officer, commented,“The relocation of core functions would put resources where they are most needed. PNG is our base, and where all our activities are, including exploration, refining, and distribution – and, of course, the LNG project. It makes sense to focus our workforce there.”InterOil has also begun a new round of drilling as part of its exploration activities across almost 4 million acres in PNG. The company plans to drill up to eight wells in the next 12-15 months. The drilling of each well is expected to take about three months. Currently, 1100 people are working in the field on the seismic program and preparation for drilling operations. The commencement of drilling operations will employ an additional 300 people.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, January 29, 2014; Image: InterOil
Aqua-Chem, Inc., a world leader in global water solutions, has announced that the company will reveal its newest product, the BlueGuard™ Blow Out Preventer (BOP) Protector, at the annual Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, from May 5-8, 2014.BlueGuard™ delivers highly purified technical water preferred by BOP manufacturers that will help reduce downtime in offshore drilling rigs and lessen the chances of a catastrophic failure.“We are excited to announce the launch of BlueGuard™,” CEO David Gensterblum said.“We hope offshore drilling professionals make time to stop by the Aqua-Chem booth for a complete walkthrough of the product’s features and benefits for their drilling operations.”BlueGuard™ engineers designed the product to easily fit rigs with minimal downtime. Gensterblum believes that the product, the first of its kind, will make waves in the offshore drilling industry.“With BlueGuard™, rigs around the world can be confident that their BOPs will always receive industry-standard water purity, which reduces downtime and saves companies from losing revenue,” Gensterblum said.“We believe it will improve drilling efficiency and safety processes for years to come.”The product debuts at the industry’s most prominent tradeshow. The OTC features resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production and environmental protection. Established in 1969, the 2014 OTC will welcome over 90,000 professionals from more than 120 countries. The week will spotlight groundbreaking innovations and seminars led by industry C-suite executives.In addition to BlueGuard™, Aqua-Chem will showcase its Reverse Osmosis Watermakers, Potable Water Pressure Sets, Waste Heat Watermakers, Freshwater Generators, Vapor Compression Distillers, Vacuum Vapor Compression Distillers, Oil/Water Separators, and UV product lines.Press Release, May 07, 2014; Image: Aqua-Chem
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The Project Professionals Group (PPG), has stretched its reach throughout Australia with the appointment ofIntramar Pty Ltd. Intramar was established in 1981 with its corporate headquarters in Melbourne and branch offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Townsville, Adelaide and Perth. More information about Intramar can be found atwww.intramar.com.auThe PPG says that it is expecting around 100 attendees from over 40 countries at its fourth annual conference in Rio de Janeiro at the Sofitel Copacabana from June 15-17, 2011. A Certificate of Achievement in Project Cargo Management short course will be held over two days leading up to the conference at the same venue. This ISOaccredited training was designed to appeal to project forwarders seeking to fast track industry skills and knowledge.Meanwhile, Glogos Ltd has been named as the second Russian member of the Project Cargo Network (PCN). Glogos is based in Saint-Petersburg and handles heavy weight and out-of-gauge cargo transport, port logistics, transshipment and barge services, as well as chartering. More information about Glogos can be found atwww.glogos.net
HAVINGPOSTPONED a decision expected on July 25, the Tribunal de Commerce in Paris finally agreed on August 2 to grant Eurotunnel’s request made on July 11 for protection from holders of debt with a face value of £6·2bn. The Group, including 17 related entities, is now barred from paying interest or repaying debt for six months. The court can also extend the period of protection. On August 16 Standard & Poor’s downgraded £240m of senior bank loans to ’D’ (default) because interest due was withheld. But Eurotunnel is not insolvent. Results for the first half of 2006 show an operating margin of £161m, and it could have met all its obligations until January 2007 before running out of money. For now the court has appointed two judicial administrators who will try to secure agreement from the Group’s Joint Board and its quarrelling creditors on a restructuring plan that will reduce the debt to around £2·9bn. Eurotunnel believes this to be the highest level that can be serviced out of future operating profits.The basis for this restructuring is expected to be a plan tabled at 23.00 on July 12 by Eurotunnel’s Chairman & Chief Executive Jacques Gounon. Negotiations collapsed early on July 13 because the two creditor groups represented by the Ad Hoc Committee for middle-ranking debt and Deutsche Bank for the junior bondholders could not close the gap between them.Immediately after protection was announced, Eurotunnel claimed ’there is now a convergence of view amongst principal creditors’ that the July 12 proposal ’will lead to a reconciliation of their positions.’ Since then there has been silence.Meanwhile, Eurotunnel confirmed on July 27 that it had settled a long-running dispute with the railways over the share of its operating costs they are obliged to pay. While this is helpful, concern is mounting over the future of rail freight. After peaking at 3·14million tonnes in 1998 it is now barely half that, despite the fact that the British government is paying all of the UK’s share of the Minimum Usage Charge for freight which ends on November 30.The UK’s Rail Freight Group warned last month that ’in three months the current charging structure for rail freight through the Channel Tunnel stops and there is no indication as to what will replace it.’ While RFG believes ’nobody is expecting massive subsidies’, it deplores the absence of ’any talking or engagement, even by the European Commission; surely they have a duty to try and ensure that a Trans-European Network route does not close?’
EUROPE: Wagon leasing company Ermewa is to draw up a deployment concept for innovative wagons to support the business case for investment in vehicles which are being developed under the Competitive Freight Wagon research initiative.Backed by the EU Shift2Rail research programme, the Competitive Freight Wagon consortium includes technology company Scheidt & Bachmann System Technik, consultancies ConTraffic and TransCare, Spain’s CEIT research alliance and the DLR and TU Dresden research institutes in Germany.Ermewa is to develop specifications for the bogies and running gear, superstructure, electrical equipment and onboard intelligent systems, as well as a supply chain structure for construction of the new wagons.The Competitive Freight Wagon concept is based on block trains of wagons with a multi-material lightweight design providing significantly lower tare weight and higher payload than current designs, with improved aerodynamics to lower noise and energy consumption. Electropneumatic disc brakes would allow higher running speeds, facilitating mixed traffic operation using available daytime train paths between passenger services. The modular wagons would have exchangeable bodies for different types of cargo, enabling them to be used more intensively than conventional vehicles. It is hoped that this would compensate for their higher initial cost.Centre couplers would provide better longitudinal train dynamics and weight reduction, with a fully automated version offering simpler, faster and safer train reformation in an effort to make wagonload traffic more economically viable. Onboard power supplies would support refrigerated goods and telematics services for continuous monitoring of the wagons, their loads and train integrity.The Competitive Freight Wagon concept was described in the June 2017 issue of Railway Gazette International magazine, which subscribers can access in the digital archive.