Builds electric powertrain systems for semi-trucks.
It is designed with the philosophy of the More Electric Aircraft architecture which replaces fossil fuel engine systems with electrically driven systems.
Photovoltaic panels installed on the roof of the truck will capture sunlight and convert it into electricity. The electricity is stored in a battery. This battery will power an air compressor which compresses ambient air and sends it to a) turbine which turns it into mechanical power which then a generator converts into electricity or to b) compressed air storage tank that serves as backup system that releases compressed air into a second turbine which turns it into mechanical power which then a generator converts into electricity. This electricity is stored in battery packs which power all of the truck’s systems. The air compressor runs during the driver’s rests and breaks (as required by DOT) creating 0 drag.
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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