By Peter Brown and James Watson-SmithThe pipe will serve as a bridge between the pipe and the next generation of electric vehicles that are on the horizon.
While the pipes that will connect to the battery pack of a new generation of EV are still a relatively new concept, there is already a growing body of research that is pushing the technology forward.
The pipe itself will be made from carbon fiber and steel, as well as some form of glass, and will have a capacity of between 30 and 45 kilowatts.
The technology is still in its infancy, but the pipe is the culmination of years of research by the University of Queensland’s Institute of Advanced Materials.
Professor Steve Bamber, who heads up the Institute’s research into the pipe, said it was a “significant milestone” in the development of electric vehicle technologies.
“It’s a new type of pipe that we’ve been able to make and have made commercially in the past,” he said.
“So we’re in a good position to do the next phase of the development in terms of developing these technologies and then going into the commercial market.”
“It gives us the opportunity to explore new technologies and technologies from a wider perspective, and in doing so, we’re really developing new materials and materials in the pipes we produce.”
Professor Bamber said it would take a couple of years for the new pipes to be available to the public.
“In terms of our business, it’s been a very busy few years, but we have a lot of materials we’ve developed that are now ready to go into production,” he explained.
“The pipe itself is just the starting point, and we are looking at a wide range of materials that are going to make up the rest of the battery packs.”
Professor Peter Brown is an Associate Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the University, and a member of the ANU’s Department of Physics.
Professor Brown said it took the team years of work to produce the first battery pack, and it took two years to make the first prototype.
“But it is very important to us that we continue to push this field,” he told 7.30.
“It is really the future of vehicles.”
The pipes will be able to produce electricity in the form of both DC and AC electricity, but they will also be able produce heat, as they can absorb heat from the surrounding environment, and convert it into electrical power.
The University of Brisbane’s Professor Steve Barger says the University has worked with the world’s largest supplier of the materials to design a complete battery.
“These are all the materials we have available in the world to make this pipe, and the supplier is the United States,” he added.
“This is a significant milestone in the future development of energy storage, as it is the only one that can actually deliver a significant amount of power.”
Professor Steve says it is vital to take the time to make sure that the material is as strong and durable as possible.
“Because these materials are being produced in very limited quantities, there are only a couple that are commercially available, and they are very expensive materials,” he advised.
“We’re also trying to design them in such a way that they’re very thin, so they can be produced at very low temperatures, so that you don’t need to worry about it.”
If you think about it, if you put the pipe on top of a battery pack and you’re charging it, then the battery is the same size as the pipe.
“The company behind the pipes has also been looking to make a more sustainable future.”
When you think of the environment and how the climate is changing, there’s a lot we need to do to adapt to that, and if you think back to the past, it has really been a challenge,” Professor Barger said.
The company’s main aim is to have the pipe available by the end of 2020, and is now looking to commercialise the technology.”
They’re trying to figure out how we can produce it for a couple hundred dollars per kilowatt hour, which is a very low price point for us,” Professor Brown said.
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