A truck battery that has a capacity of 400mAh has been installed on a Dublin truck.
The battery is the result of research by a group of researchers from the University of Ulster, Trinity College Dublin and the University College Dublin.
Dublin City Council commissioned the battery from Trinity College, Dublin, for its new “vape battery” that has been given the nickname “truck” by the group.
“The truck battery is not just a battery but a new generation of batteries which is powered by a truck,” said Dr Tom Coady, a member of the research team.
“This battery was the brainchild of Dr Thomas E. Murphy, the former president of Trinity College and the leader of the Trinity Battery.”
It was a unique opportunity for Trinity to work with a university in Dublin and have an opportunity to use the latest technology and techniques to develop a battery which is able to store large amounts of energy,” he said.”
We wanted to use a battery of this size and scale and make it a reality, which we have done with the support of Trinity’s students.
“The battery, which was first tested by Trinity students last year, is powered using the same process used by diesel generators to produce electricity.”
These are very small and light and are a significant step towards providing a more reliable, cost-effective and sustainable form of energy storage,” said Mr Murphy.
The University of Ireland and Trinity College collaborated to build the battery, as well as the device itself, which is the work of Dr Coadies team, with the help of Trinity students.”
A team of scientists and engineers have been working for the last four years to design and build this battery and have achieved the highest battery density yet,” said Coadys lead engineer, Dr Thomas O’Brien.”
Our team have achieved a higher density than we have ever achieved before and achieved a large battery which has a total capacity of more than 400mAh.
“The team also has the ability to make the battery in a process called lithium-ion manufacturing, which allows them to produce a battery with a capacity far greater than that of conventional lithium-polymer batteries.
The device can be powered by either diesel or electric power.”
With this process we can produce a more efficient and less polluting battery and we can have a battery that is safer for our environment and our customers,” said Prof O’Reilly.”
If we can be more efficient, we can lower the cost and the cost to the consumer.
“The Trinity battery will be used for two applications, one in a “trucker battery” which can store power in the form of electric motors, and one in the “electric motor battery” for which the batteries are also capable of storing electric motors.
The “electric-motor battery” has a potential capacity of 800mAh, while the diesel-powered “trawler battery” is expected to have a capacity capacity of 300mAh.”
I think the truck battery will give us a new technology to store electricity which is very important in our cities,” said Murphy.”
As we move into the future, we are also going to need energy storage, so we need to develop batteries that have the capacity of both.
“Dr Murphy, who is also a lecturer at Trinity College’s School of Energy and Environment, said the research project has had a huge impact on the industry.”
They have shown that there is a huge demand for electric vehicles and for truck batteries and it is exciting to see the potential that we can achieve,” he added.
The research is being supported by the European Commission’s Innovation Fund, the Energy Infrastructure Commission and the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme.