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Battery-powered buses are recharged wirelessly in Milton Keynes, UK.


tion, Ford said, “We are investigating opportunities for larger- scale—multi-MW—storage options, but will not be ready to install anything in 2014.” Ford also said, “Te Toronto Hydro input into these


projects is technical assessment, engineering expertise, project management, and providing a physical connection to the elec- tricity network. Te Community Energy Storage project began in 2011 and the first unit was installed in 2013. Two further units will be installed in 2014.”


Conductix-Wampfler An innovative wireless charging system is being installed


on a mass-transit route in Milton Keynes, UK, to keep the town’s electric buses in a state of constant readiness. Te ground station as well as the vehicle-side components are de- signed, produced and delivered by IPT-Technology, a newly- formed daughter company of Conductix-Wampfler. IPT-Technology’s Mathias Wechlin, Global Product


Manager Inductive Power Transfer IPT, said that the system is comprised of 60-kW modules on the primary side and 30-kW modules on the vehicle side. Each ground station has two modules forming a 120-kW charging station; the buses have corresponding equipment on board. Te main charging places will be the terminus points of


the route, explains Wechlin. In one, the ground station is built into the street; in another it is integrated in the stop at the terminal. Te buses will drive in and back out. Later a third


charging station will be added near Milton Keynes Central. “Tis additional station,” said Wechlin, “will further increase flexibility in operation and open new opportunities. Tis in- stallation will be in a bus bay. So another interesting aspect of the Milton Keynes project will be that we have the most typi- cal charging situations represented there within one route.” Jamie Talbot, project manager, MBK Arup Sustainable


Projects Ltd., which owns the buses and runs the routes, said the trial in Milton Keynes will run for five years: “Te data we’ll be gathering will provide technical insights into the sys- tem performance, and financial comparisons to the fleet’s die- sel counterparts. Once we have that data, we should be able to show that green transport is economically and technologically viable. Once other companies and councils are able to under- stand how green transport works in practice, we hope they will feel confident investing in similar schemes up and down the country [UK].” Although there are no current plans to phase-out diesel buses in Milton Keynes completely, the eight electric buses involved in the trial are completely replacing the fleet of diesel buses that currently run on the route.


This article is excerpted from The Advanced Battery Industry Annual Review 2014, produced by organizers of The Battery Show. The review reports on progress made in ad- vanced batteries over the past 12 months. The Battery Show is an exhibition and conference relating to energy storage. This year’s event will be held September 16–18 in Novi, MI.


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