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NAPLES, Fla., Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Ecolution KWH, LLC ("Ecolution"), an e-mobility and power company, has received a U.S. patent for reusing wasted kinetic energy in refrigerated trailers used to distribute food and medicine. When combined with an electric or hydrogen-fueled truck, such as those being developed by Tesla and others, the Ecolution trailer accomplishes a total elimination of carbon emissions plaguing the multi-billion dollar global industry.
Ecolution's 'green perfect cycle™', MARS™ system, replaces the diesel gas tank and TRU Genset units typically used in "reefer" trailers to refrigerate produce and medicine on the way to retail stores and outlets with swappable batteries. As a result, it can reduce the average weight of a refrigerated trailer by 1,200 pounds, increasing the hauling capacity of the trailer, while delivering greater battery life for the electric truck.
The key MARS-patented innovation is the use of alternators connected to disc brakes in the trailer, sending power through a converter to a battery storage unit for on-demand energy, all within the reefer trailer. The company now has four patents pending in Germany, Japan, China, and South Korea. The invention, under research and development for five years, now goes into a prototype in the US, Europe, Latin America, and Asia.
"The beauty of the discovery is in its simplicity, and because the battery unit is located in the trailer, second life Tesla and other electric vehicle batteries can be recycled, helping to eliminate yet another environmental problem," said Johanne Medina Then, Chief Executive Officer of Ecolution.
"Almost everyone believes that e-mobility is the future for heavy-duty trucks," said Craig Bouchard, Executive Chairman of Ecolution. "Now we've delivered the business case. Refrigerated trailers (and train cars) create some of the most damaging environmental problems of our generation. Net-zero carbon emissions in food distribution is the only solution to this global problem."
"The use case for Ecolution is even starker at the point of delivery, where there is a shortage of cold storage space in grocery stores. Reefers are often placed for hours or days in the parking lot, burning diesel to power their generators while they wait. That creates a serious noise, health and environmental problem," said Johnny Then Gautier, Chief Technology Officer.
The Ecolution board includes several titans of industry, including:
The Ecolution patents also apply to the generation of electricity in commuter, subway, and freight train businesses.
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