EEStor : Say goodbye to the old gas hog

With solar cell efficiencies making rapid strides, the focus is now shifting to efficient storage systems that can bridge the time gap between supply and demand for the energy.

For large scale systems, one alternative is to convert solar power to steam by heating water. There are many options for storing steam, including far out ones like pumping and storing the steam underground.

For cars, however, it would hardly be practical to go tooling around town in a fancy steam locomotive - not yet anyway. There is a lot of excitement these days, over super capacitors - very large parallel plates (the kind you don’t want to get in between) which are charged electrostatically, and will store enough energy to get you across town.

When asked about the greatest startup idea by CNN Money, Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal, mentioned the super capacitor as the next generation of battery technology. Such systems are capable or recharging repeatedly and suffering very little loss in performance. According to Musk “they kick ass on any chemical battery”

EEStor is a company that has laid it sights on electrostatic storage. Its storage device is reputed to be able to charge up in 5 minutes. A car can drive 500 miles on it, and it is about 7 times as cost efficient as gasoline. That should put an end to our gas hog ways!

In September 2005, high profile VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in July led a $3 million investment in EEStor Inc.

Around the same time EEStor and Feel Good Car company of Canada (the makers of Zenn Cars and now called Zenn Motor Company) entered in to a technology agreement to acquire exclusive worldwide rights to purchase the Electrical Storage Units for small vehicles.

EEStor is building a production line in Cedar Park, TX. Zenncar is expected to receive some of the energy storage units by now.

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2 Responses to “EEStor : Say goodbye to the old gas hog”

  1. By J.Dube on Jan 22, 2022 | Reply

    They were supposed to deliver these storage units to Zenncars in September but failed to do so. I wonder if the technology is for “real” or not.

  2. By Prescilla on Jan 24, 2022 | Reply

    This is all hype; their numbers don’t make sense. To charge their storage unit would require more juice than a typical house circuits can handle.

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