ClearSign Combustion's Electrodynamic Combustion Control technology consists of a standard computer PC controller running software using the company's algorithms, a power amplifier to create the needed high voltage, and electrodes placed inside the combustion chamber. (Courtesy ClearSign Combustion.)
If my numbers are right, it would take nearly 5 times longer to charge wirelessly - I'm happy to manage a plug connector with that kind of time savings. The exceptions would be for a highway with embedded charging circuits that charged my car as I drove (plugs and wires won't work) or a parking lot that would charge my car without having to find a cord and charging station.
Getting this to work in silicon is interesting...any time you can do something in silicon it eventually wins as the material and its processing is very well understood and perfected...see silcon solar cells, despite the fact that other solar cell technologies are available silicon is a king here capturing 90+% of the market...the same with silicon chips of course, despite GaAs and InP threats it commands 90+% market share...will silicon super cap be the next silicon specialty? Kris
We've all read about the hours required to charge electric vehicles (EV). For example a Chevy Volt takes 8 hours at 120 volts or 4 hours at 240 volts. The inductive charging of the Volvo sounds really impressive in only 3 hours. HOWEVER the Volvo is doing much less charging. While the Chevy Volt is charging at 1,440 watts, the Volvo is charging at 300 watts. The inductive approach (not surprisingly) is moving much less power into the battery. The statistics only sound so good because it is a smaller battery.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.