Monday, September 24, 2007

CNET article

Interesting article concerning the EEStor and Zenn motor relationship. Essentially, the article states a delay in production is occurring...which is interesting because anything that's that close to production is way past the prototype phase.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

What's so challenging for EEstor?

Good blog overview of the difficulties that must be overcome
in order for EEstor's capabilities to be genuine.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

New York Times article

The New York Times also ran the original article

Wikipedia Link

Here's the wikipedia link for EEStor.

The current wikipedia overview:

EEstor is a company based in Cedar Park, Texas, USA. It is a start up company pioneering a new energy storage technology.
The company claims to have developed a superior type of supercapacitor, using barium titanate coated with aluminum oxide and glass, to achieve a level of capacitance much higher than what is currently available in the market.
Using this technology the company claims that it can produce a high energy storage device that will be superior to current chemical batteries. The company has started construction of new production facilities to bring their product to market.
Richard Weir is CEO and President, as well as the inventor named on their principal technology patent.
Equity funding for the company appears to come predominantly from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
If the technology works as claimed, a five-minute charge costing $9 would give the battery enough energy to drive a small car 500 miles. Toronto, Canada-based Feel Good Cars, which operates Zenn Motor, said in the last week of April, 2007, that it had invested $2.5 million in EEStor.

Friday, September 7, 2007

EEStor Website

I believe this is the EEStor website:

Note that at the time of posting, it has a Network Solutions front page. So new or secretive they dont even have a public website?

CNBC Article

Looks like CNBC also ran this story. Another excerpt highlighting the interesting secrecy surrounding EEStor:

For years, EEStor has tried to fly beneath the radar in the competitive industry for alternative energy, content with a phone-book listing and a handful of cryptic press releases.
Yet the speculation and skepticism have continued, fueled by the company's original assertion of making batteries obsolete _ a claim that still resonates loudly for a company that rarely speaks, including declining an interview with The Associated Press.

Zenn Cars: Electrical Energy Storage Units (EESU)

For more information, here is the Zenn Motors Website. From the front page of the website, they have published an announcement concerning a third party certification of EEStor's ability to deliver to Zenn Motor Company what they are calling Electrical Engergy Storage Units. Interestingly, these units "weigh under 100 lbs" and can be "recharged in a matter of minutes."

The complete excerpt:

The first commercial application of the EESU is intended to be used in electric vehicles under a technology agreement with ZENN Motor Company. EEStor, Inc. remains on track to begin shipping production 15 kilowatt-hour Electrical Energy Storage Units (EESU) to ZENN Motor Company in 2007 for use in their electric vehicles. The production EESU for ZENN Motor Company will function to specification in operating environments as severe as negative 20 to plus 65 degrees Celsius, will weigh less than 100 pounds, and will have the ability to be recharged in a matter of minutes.

CNN Reporting possible end to car batteries?

CNN is reporting on a story of interest to alternative energy buffs:

An Austin-based startup called EEStor promised "technologies for replacement of electrochemical batteries," meaning a motorist could plug in a car for five minutes and drive 500 miles roundtrip between Dallas and Houston without gasoline.

According to CNN, a Toronto firm called ZENN Motor Co has licensed the EEStor invention:

"It's a paradigm shift," said Ian Clifford, "The Achilles' heel to the electric car industry has been energy storage. By all rights, this would make internal combustion engines unnecessary."

What do you believe?