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Autonomous EV charging robots +++ Truck tarpaulins as PV panels +++ Robot e-skin +++ Minirobot for earthquakes +++ EV charging card compass August 2019
Autonomous // Electric
Electrify America and Stable, two charging infrastructure providers, are working on a robotic charging system for EVs. The first robotic charging station should open in San Francisco in early 2020. Designed for EVs, it will also be compatible with driverless EVs. Each station will have a charging output of 150 kW, using direct current (DC).
Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS) have developed flexible solar cells in the form of a thin-film photovoltaic layer on glass fiber-based fabric. Used as truck tarpaulins, the solar cells could supply electricity for semi-trailers such as refrigerated transporters. The team aims to increase their efficiency to five percent so they can supplement conventional solar cells with an efficiency of 20 percent.
Source: Next Mobility (German)
Researchers at the National University of Singapore have developed a sensor system that acts as an “electronic skin”. Their creation, Asynchronous Coded Electronic Skin (ACES), is exceptionally robust and responsive – capable of detecting touches 1,000 times faster than the human nervous system and of sensing a surface’s shape, texture and hardness in just ten milliseconds. It could improve the sense of touch of today’s robots many times over.
The size of a cockroach, and resilient enough to survive being stepped on by a person weighing 60 kilograms (132 pounds), the robotic roach – developed by a team at the University of California, Berkeley – consists of a thin polyvinylidene fluoride sheet coated with an elastic polymer. Because it is much more agile than larger machines, it could be used in high-speed searches for victims buried under earthquake debris.
Electric // Charging
In Europe, emobly’s monthly “charging card compass” tracks the EV charging cards offering the cheapest rates. Waydo, for example, offers a Mobility Card for a monthly fee of EUR 85 (minimum contractual term: 12 months). EV drivers can use it as often as they like on multiple charging networks, including EWE/SWB/WAYDO as well as the Hamburg, EnBW, innogy, Ionity, chargeIT, Clever DK and Allego electricity grids.
Source: emobly (German)
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