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Published: Wed, 25 Jan 2017 08:03:23 -0500

Battery Technology | Electric Cars | Solar Power | Transportation


Solar Team Great Britain has started a kickstarter page to help fund their design for entry in the 2017 World Solar Challenge. Founder Steven Heape leads a team of volunteers from many different disciplines, companies and universities working on a family-sized solar car to compete in the cruiser class. “Cruiser Class is about two or […]

Published: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:35:52 -0400

Energy Inventions | Future Technology | Solar Power


German Architect Andre Broessel believes he has a solution that can “squeeze more juice out of the sun”, even during the night hours and in low-light regions. His company Rawlemon has created a spherical sun power generator prototype called the beta.ray. His technology will combine spherical geometry principles with a dual axis tracking system, allowing […]

Published: Thu, 09 Apr 2015 07:55:41 -0400

Fuel Cells | Hydrogen Fuel | Public Transit | Transportation


In an effort to reduce China’s harmful and plentiful greenhouse gas emissions, Chinese company Sifang (a subsidiary of China South Rail Corporation) has developed the world’s first hydrogen powered tram. The tram took two years of research and development to complete, and will be powered entirely by hydrogen fuel cells. Since this is a tram […]

Published: Thu, 02 Apr 2015 08:05:09 -0400

Environment and Sustainability | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar Power


Designed by renowned Italian architect Giancarlo Zema and produced by EcoFloLife, the WaterNest 100 is an eco-friendly floating housing unit. The 100 square meter residential units are made of up to 98% recycled materials; including the laminate timber and aluminum hull. Skylights, balconies and large windows encircle the dwelling, allowing for efficient lighting and beautiful […]

Published: Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:35:23 -0400

Hydro Power | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar Power


Since 2011, French Company Ciel & Terre has been developing large-scale floating solar solutions. Their innovative Hydrelio Floating PV system allows standard PV panels to be installed on large bodies of water such as: drinking water reservoirs, quarry lakes, irrigation canals, remediation and tailing ponds, and hydro electric dam reservoirs. This simple and affordable alternative […]

Published: Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:10:23 -0400

Energy Politics | Environment and Sustainability | Solar Power


France keeps making green headlines lately… the Eiffel Tower’s wind turbines, the tree-shaped wind turbines being installed in Paris, and now an exciting new law that is sure to have a huge environmental impact in urban centers. Every new commercial building in France must meet a new building requirement; the roof must be at least […]

Published: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:11:27 -0400

Electric Cars | Future Technology | Transportation


Recent rumours that suggest Apple may be working on an electric car have inspired the website carwow to produce some concept images of what the vehicle may look like. Speculation that Apple may be in talks to purchase electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors inspired the illustrations to have a similar resemblance. Apple obviously has the […]

Published: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:33:47 -0400

Electric Cars | Transportation


Some Friday fun… we discovered this intriguing electric beast while covering this week’s Vancouver Auto Show. It’s not really going to do much to help the environment, but we think it’s kind of neat that many manufacturers are jumping on the electric vehicle bandwagon. If anything this could help expose new technologies to a completely […]

Published: Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:18:57 -0400

Electric Cars | Fuel Cells | Hydrogen Fuel | Transportation


This Tuesday we had a unique opportunity to preview the Vancouver International Auto Show. This year’s show features a wide variety of electric, hydrogen and hybrid-electric vehicles. We took full advantage and we’re absolutely thrilled to see so many manufacturers putting research and development into clean transportation technologies. Almost every manufacturer had something future-friendly to […]

Published: Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:39:47 -0400

Energy Industry | Future Technology | Solar Power


AORA Solar has announced that it will begin construction of its solar-biogas power plants in Ethiopia. Construction of the first pilot plant will start by mid-2015. Ethiopia’s Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy has stated that ” AORA’s unique solar-hybrid technology is impressive and well-suited to provide both energy and heat to support local economic […]

Published: Mon, 23 Mar 2015 07:08:53 -0400

Energy Inventions | Wind Power | Wind Turbines


A French company called New Wind is installing tree-shaped wind turbines at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France. The company’s founder, Jérôme Michaud-Larivière came up with the idea while in a Paris square, when he “saw the leaves tremble when there was not a breath of air.” He hopes the trees can be […]

Published: Thu, 19 Mar 2015 07:57:50 -0400

Energy Inventions | Future Technology | Solar Power


Since 2008, the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) has been working hard to develop technologies to transmit electricity wirelessly. The goal of the Space Solar Power Systems (SSPS), is to be able to transmit energy from orbiting solar panels by 2030. On March 12th, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) successfully conducted a ground demonstration test of […]

Published: Mon, 16 Mar 2015 07:27:53 -0400

Energy Industry | Wind Power | Wind Turbines


The 126 year old Eiffel Tower is going green! A pair of camouflaged VisionAIR5 wind turbines were installed inside the scaffolding on the second floor, and are expected to generate 10,000 kilowatt hours of electricity every year. That’s enough to power the tower’s entire first floor; including history exhibits, a souvenir shop and restaurants. The […]

Published: Sun, 15 Mar 2015 07:24:30 -0400

Energy Inventions | Wind Power | Wind Turbines

Dual Rotor Wind Turbine

Iowa State Aerospace Engineers Anupam Sharma and Hui Hu are exploring the possibility of adding a smaller, secondary rotor to wind turbines. The engineers studied the base of existing turbines and found two major problems. First, they are big round structural pieces that don’t harvest any wind energy because they are not shaped like an […]

Published: Sat, 14 Mar 2015 07:17:24 -0400

Energy Inventions | Hydro Power | Wave Power


Mechanical Engineer David Hartmann and Craftsman Jason Ballash have designed a new wave power technology called the KymoGen, which has the potential to produce clean, low-cost energy using the constant power of waves. Key to the design is its simplicity. A portable 8’x8′ platform is tethered to a mooring on the sea floor. Inside the […]

Published: Fri, 13 Mar 2015 07:29:39 -0400

Hybrid Cars | Transportation

Toyota Prius Motor Home

It’s Friday, so we figured it’s time for a little humour. James Lawler, a Landscaper from Torquay Australia, has built himself a mini-motorhome atop his Toyota Prius Hybrid. The project took just over a week to complete using scrap materials, and ended up costing him just under $150. What inspired this project? Lawler says “There’s […]

Published: Thu, 12 Mar 2015 08:16:14 -0400

Pedal Power | Solar Power | Transportation

The Elf

Described as the “most efficient vehicle on the planet”, The ELF is a solar and pedal-powered hybrid tricycle hand-built in the United States by Organic Transit. It is available in one, two and three seater models, and according to their website it gets the equivalent of 1800 miles per gallon! It is legally considered a […]

Published: Wed, 11 Mar 2015 07:24:09 -0400

Energy Economy | Energy Industry | Environment and Sustainability

Recycled CO2

Environmentalists have pushed greenhouse gases as being the leading cause of global warming. Carbon dioxide has been regarded as being the biggest contributor to the greenhouse effect. But what if there was a way to recycle the most abundant greenhouse gas in the Earth’s atmosphere? Carbon dioxide is a major byproduct of industrial power generation […]

Published: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 07:07:19 -0400

Energy Inventions | Human Power | Hydro Power


We just received an email from a company called Hydrobee, asking us to vote for them as Autodesk’s inventor of the Year. Having never heard of this we checked it out… what a neat invention! This soda-can sized device generates electricity for USB devices when you’re off the grid. It can generate power using flowing […]

Published: Mon, 09 Mar 2015 08:34:30 -0400

Electric Cars | Future Technology | Transportation

Goodyear Concept Tire

We’ve been getting a lot of positive news about electric cars recently. This week at the Geneva International Auto Show, Goodyear unveiled a new concept tire called the BH03. While we don’t know why it is called that, we do know that Goodyear’s new tire looks radical and could potentially generate electricity for electric cars […]

Published: Sun, 08 Mar 2015 08:40:32 -0400

Energy Inventions | Wind Power | Wind Turbines

Makani Energy Kite

Back in 2013 Google purchased a company called Makani, creators of the Energy Kite. Their goal is to make wind energy pricing competitive with fossil fuels, and they believe a new approach is needed. The Energy Kite is a new type of wind turbine, designed to generate more energy using 90% less materials. “Makani’s energy […]

Published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 13:32:17 -0500

Electric Cars | Energy Industry | Transportation

Nissan e-NV200

Ever wanted to own an electric car, but didn’t think any of the current options were practical? Think again! Nissan is turning over a new leaf with it’s new 100% electric e-NV200 — a 7-seater electric minivan — perfect for cargo, families and even taxis. Previously only available as a 5-seater, the new model has […]

Published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 09:29:45 -0500

Energy Inventions | Wind Power | Wind Turbines

Lateral Axis Wind Turbine Concept

Sri Lankan inventor Leelananda Jayasuriya just sent us this concept for a Lateral Axis Wind Turbine. The turbine functions just like a Ferris Wheel, with the blades orbiting in an epicyclical path around the central shaft. Leelananda believes there are many advantages to his design: it can rotate with the direction of the wind, it […]

Published: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:54:45 -0500

Electric Cars | Future Technology | Transportation

3D Printed Car

3D Printing is all the rage these days, so it’s no surprise someone has printed a complete and functional electric automobile, appropriately named the Strati (Italian for “layers”). 18 months ago, Phoenix Arizona company Local Motors teamed up with Cincinnati Incorporated to develop a neighborhood electric car. The project is open source; members are encouraged […]

Published: Tue, 03 Mar 2015 08:17:01 -0500

Electric Cars | Hybrid Cars | Transportation

Green Cars

Considering a green car? These days it makes a lot of sense but there are so many options; electric, hybrid, hydrogen and even solar. One day soon we’ll all be driving one, so how do we choose? And if we don’t have a green car, what can you we do to help the environment in […]

Recent Blog Entries
Protecting the BMS modules from water damage

Fine-L-Kote Conformal Coating

I recently had a BMS module fail due to rain damage. The water leaked in from the fuel filler cap onto one of the rear modules. So I found a product to coat the modules to prevent more from getting damaged.

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Public Charging - My J1772 Inlet

J1772 Charging Inlet

In December, I wrote an article about converting the gas filler to a charging inlet. This is great for my home charging needs. But recently I found some places to charge at public charging stations such as ChargePoint or Blink. Those stations required a J1772 inlet and circuit. Here is what I did to add that capability to my car.

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Heater box conversion

Spitfire heater box

Although I don't plan on driving the car much in the winter months, I still want to get the climate controls working. To start this off, I modified the heater box to use electric ceramic heater elements.

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Gas Filler to Electric inlet conversion

Spitfire Charging Inlet port

Now that the car is running, I have some odds and ends projects left to finish. This blog shows how I modified the gas filler to a charging inlet port. Because the Spitfire has the filler on the top of the car, I had to ensure that it is protected from the elements but still retains the stock look.

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Batteries Installed and Car is Running!!

Spitfire Charging

This is a long overdue post. I got the car running in September. It is super
fun to drive.

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Seat Restoration

spitfire seats

Restoring the early 70's highback seats frames.

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Carpet and Battery Box Insulation

spitfire carpet

I did various projects on the car this weekend. I got most of the carpet installed. I also started insulating my battery boxes. Read more to see how I am doing it.

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Batteries have arrived!

CALB LiFEPO4 SE100AHA batteries

The batteries have arrived! 40 CALB SE100AHA 100AH LiFePO4 cells.
Thanks to Mike at LithiumStorage.com.


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Battery Boxes and HV Wiring

triumph spitfire front engine battery boxes and controller

It's been way too long since my last blog post. Lots of progress has been made - this may be a long post. Steel battery boxes have been constructed, painted, and mounted to the frame. The controller box is completed and high voltage main cables are installed. Read more about how we did it...


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Throttle Pedal

triumph spitfire throttle pedal curtis potbox

How I adapted the Spitfire's stock gas pedal to a Curtis FP-6 potbox/pedal.


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