2012 – 2015
Maritime Journal "Hybrid ‘cookbook’ for smaller yards"
"The point is to bring hybrids out of the realm of research projects and make them more like choosing a recipe from a cookbook", Dr Dennis Doerffel told Maritime Journal while answering the question of why hybrid workboat markets has not taken off the roads.
Official Opening of the Power Systems Laboratory (home to CAPSE)
Dr Dennis Doerffel was one of the speakers at the Official Opening of the Power Systems Laboratory, home to the Centre for Automotive and Power Systems Engineering (CAPSE) that took place on Monday 26th October at the University of South Wales, Pontypridd Campus. Based on REAP’s practical experiences, his presentation was about Hybrid & Electric Propulsion Systems - Challenges in System Integration which aimed to bring a different perspective for decision makers in the industry.
Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Conference
Dr Dennis Doerffel was invited to present at the Hybrid Marine Conference that took place in Poole from 6th to 8th October 2015. He discussed REAP’s practical experiences from 120+ projects worldwide and the common challenges and pitfalls when integrating modern battery technologies. Having seen that technical problems are often predicted as main challenges yet disproved in reality, REAP aimed to provide a different perspective for decision makers and specify key pillars to success when it comes to electrifying propulsion systems.
Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International "Style and substance"
Dr Dennis Doerffel was interviewed about the importance of thermal management for battery developers and manufacturers from both safety and battery lifetime perspectives. To tackle the drawbacks of pouch type batteries including ageing and pouch cell swelling, REAP's patented design was also featured in the article. The design ensures the pouches are held in a frame that clamps onto the edges of the cells without restraining them too tightly, although vibration should also be considered.
New Boundaries “Green electrics”
REAP supplied an Energy Storage Solution to the University of Southampton and the system is now helping the University’s computer scientists to design a new electric car charging system. The project is to build a computerised system where electric vehicle users can optimise their charging and even make a profit from giving back power to the grid at times of high demand. The solution provided by REAP is based on Yuasa cell technology (not pictured in article).
EcoIslands Global Summit 2012
We were invited to speak at the inaugural EcoIslands Global Summit on the Isle of Wight. One of the aims of the summit was to help islands from all over the world become more sustainable and renewable energy self-sufficient, and to publicly commit to a timescale.
Images courtesy of Jason Swain
PV Magazine “Advancing Li-ion”
This specialist photovoltaic publication contacted REAP for information on the growing use of Li-ion batteries for PV applications. We provided an expert opinion and described the joint research project with the University of Southampton, which evaluated lithium batteries on their potential to reduce the cost of PV power.