Builds electric powertrain systems for semi-trucks.
TypeStartup or self-employed
FoundersJennifer Gammond and Mary Gammond
HeadquartersNew Haven, CT 06510, USA
The AIRPower sustainable all-electric powertrain system for class-8 trucks would be designed to replace the truck’s diesel engine and transmission with electrically driven motors, generators, batteries, telemetry and software. Our proprietary technology would work well in retrofits as well as in new trucks.
Photovoltaic panels installed on the roof of the truck capture sunlight and converts it into electricity. The electricity is stored in a Lithium-ion battery. This battery is used to release compressed air stored in carbon fiber compressed air tanks to turn mechanical power from motors and generators into the electricity that runs the truck. The compressed air tanks are designed so that they can be refilled or they can be easily switched and replaced throughout the distribution network. The truck would create a net-zero carbon footprint.
AIRPower goes further than reducing the trucks’ emissions. A key element of the powertrain energy storage system, is that the compressed air tanks are filled by using renewable energy. AIRPower offers a solution to renewable resources curtailment by using the excess supply of renewable energy and redistributing it. At solar and wind farms we would use the sun’s energy and ambient air as the power sources to electrify the air compressors. The air compressor would compress air which will be stored in underground caverns or in high-pressure tanks. We will use a similar method at hydroelectric power plants. We would purchase the renewable electricity at the cheapest time and we would lease space from the solar and wind farm and hydroelectric power plants location for our operations.
Similar to the system of how diesel tankers move the fuel throughout the distribution network, we would create a distribution network where compressed air would be delivered by compressed air tankers to the final destination throughout the network.
28% of all CO2 emissions is due to transportation and 5% of all vehicles - which are the heavy-duty trucks - produce 23% of all transportation emissions.
Class 8 trucks account for 60 percent of the fuel used by all on-road trucks. Class 7-8 tractor-trailers are responsible for 12% of the total U.S. consumption of petroleum. These trucks drive mostly on highways at speeds of 65 mph, get 6.5 mpg, and average 100,000 miles per year. By comparison, class 3 to class 6 fully loaded delivery trucks require less than a third of the power to operate at a constant urban speed of 40 mph, and they average about 40,000 miles per year.
AIRPower goes further than reducing the medium and heavy-duty trucks’ emissions. Our goal is to use sustainable resources to power clean technology – Net-Zero Carbon Footprint.
AIRPower is a startup being developed at Yale University lab in New Haven, Connecticut, United States.
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