Design parameters and optimum operating conditions were determined for aluminum--air/flywheel vehicles with performances equivalent to that of a five-passenger highway automobile. The performance of such vehicles depends strongly on the voltage--current characteristics of aluminum--air cells and on the weight of the reactants. The weight of cell hardware constitutes about 5% of the vehicle weight. The weight of the power cell (including reactants and electrolyte) is about 15% of the vehicle gross weight. The total energy cost of propulsion for the aluminum--air vehicle is approximately equal to that of an internal-combustion-engine vehicle of equivalent performance if the primary energy resource in both cases is coal. (ERA citation 04:027045)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Fall meeting of the Electrochemical Society, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, Oct 1978.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of California, Livermore

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    Livermore, CA  United States  94550

    National Capital Development Commission, Australia

    220 Northbourne Avenue
    Canberra, A.C.T.,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • COOPER, J F
    • Behrin, E
  • Publication Date: 1978-11-1

Media Info

  • Pagination: 28 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00198961
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CONF-7810135-1
  • Contract Numbers: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 17 1980 12:00AM