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NEWS ARTICLE from The Press, 12-12-07, By Rebecca Turman

``[Cutting Dynamics] joins network to produce hybrid drives

AVON -- Cutting Dynamics, a local business in Avon, is hoping to make the state of Ohio a little greener.

But the company's quest to go green won't be a solo project. The sheet metal, plate and tube components manufacturer has allied with the newly formed Innovative Ohio Network (ION), comprised of Ohio businesses who have come together to produce hybrid shuttle buses.

Companies in the network are Bardons & Oliver Inc., of Solon; Electric Motor Sports, of Cincinnati; Elyria Foundry; Industrial Control, Design & Maintenance, of Tallmadge; Precision Gear LLC of Twinsburg; Sattler Machine Inc, of Sharon Center; Transportation Equipment Services Company, of Oregon, Ohio; EBO Group's Triton Hybrids, of Sharon Center; along with BGSU's Electric Vehicle Institute.

ION is "a collaboration of manufacturers and higher education working to create local jobs, reduce our energy dependence and make Ohio the world capital for transit-bus hybrid drives," Christine Patronik-Holder, the network's communications representative, said.

Becoming a part of the Innovative Ohio Network seemed to be a smart move for Cutting Dynamics, according to the company's sales and marketing representative Phyllis Gardiner, who spoke on behalf of the company.

"Green is in and green is where we will need to be," Gardiner said of the company's decision to get involved with the network. "This group wants to keep the manufacturing opportunities suited to Ohio in Ohio."

Cutting Dynamics initially heard about the network through a customer, PT Tech, Gardiner said. "PT Tech has been a customer of Cutting Dynamics for about 15 years," Gardiner said. "They came to us with this great idea. We helped them develop projects with their clutch business. We are a manufacturer here, we are growing and we'd like to keep manufacturing in Ohio, and that's their (ION) mission, in addition to energy efficiency."

When asked how Cutting Dynamics would play a part in the process of creating a hybrid transit shuttle, Gardiner said, "With our expertise with their clutch and braking. We really don't know what our exact role is going to be other than R and D and prototypes in the beginning. We are excited about it, and we'd like to support our customers with our expertise."

ION most recently held a conference on Dec. 10 [2007] at the EBO headquarters in Sharon Center. During the conference, "Richard Steubi, the Cleveland Foundation's BP Fellow for Energy and Environmental Advancement, and David Heidenreich, founder and chairman of Triton Hybrids, of EBO, addressed both critical milestones in the energy market and how a partnership with government will enable business and higher education to help create top paying local jobs and energy independence," according to a press release from Triton Hybrids.

ION would produce "shuttle buses that maybe regional transit authorities use -- transit and buses with people for disabilities -- or ambulances," Patronik-Holder said of the hybrid possibilities. "It is a niche in the market that really needs responded to. Most of those vehicles are bought by communities who really need to watch their energy efficiency."

Along with ION, Ohio governmental officials, including Ohio Senator Ron Amstutz and Representatives Bob Gibbs, Jim McGregor and John Hagan, attended the Dec. 10 conference. Attendants reviewed the prototype vehicle that was researched, designed and developed by BGSU's Electric Vehicle Institute, according to a press release.

"The vehicle can operate under a variety of environmental conditions, emits fewer pollutants, and costs less to operate than a traditional diesel-powered bus," the press release said. "EVI designed, built and installed the electric power train, which included the traction motor, power controller and transmission. It is the first successful heavy hybrid vehicle that uses ultra-capacitors as the energy storage device. These efforts produced the award of a patent on this system, which included the specifications for the Hybrid Booster Drive System (HBD)."''

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Plain Dealer, 12-12-07, By John Funk, Plain Dealer Reporter

``EBO Group aims to be at forefront of plug-in hybrid technology

Engineering entrepreneur Dave Heidenreich sees the day coming when the nation's largest energy delivery systems -- oil and electricity -- will intersect. And he is positioning his company, EBO Group of Sharon Center in Medina County, to be at that crossroads when plug-in hybrid vehicles arrive.

Heidenreich is chairman of the board of the employee-owned engineering and manufacturing company with annual sales of $20 million and a 20 percent annual growth rate.

EBO's PT Tech division is a global supplier of power train components for "extreme machines," including mining equipment, boring machines and overhead cranes in steel mills.

It also has a division that manufactures specialty surgical stretcher chairs and a third company developing hardware for the solar industry and wind-turbine technology.

This week, EBO Group's newest division, Triton Hybrid Drives, announced that it plans to develop and build an electric power pack that could be retrofitted to any medium-size bus -- boosting acceleration while saving fuel and cutting emissions.

The hybrid booster drive system will contain a lightweight but powerful electric motor, electronic controls and on-board ultra capacitors for power. Ultra capacitors are electric storage devices that can release large amounts of electricity for short periods and then be recharged -- in this case by applying the brakes on the bus.

A booster-equipped bus will be able to accelerate from a standstill to up to 30 mph before the diesel engine takes over, said Ralph Rogers, EBO's vice president. Eventually, when battery technology catches up, lightweight lithium batteries can be added, converting the system into a "plug-in" hybrid, Heidenreich said.

"And that's when FirstEnergy will compete with Exxon," Rogers said. To build the new system, Triton has organized a coalition of 10 other Ohio companies, an Oregon bus maker and the Electric Vehicle Institute at Bowling Green State University, which developed the technology. The group, Innovative Ohio Network, or ION, is seeking private investors and public funding.

Each company in the group brings a critical expertise, from motor development to electronics to casting, to gear making, to machining. The first running prototype should be on the road by January 2009, Rogers said. The company hopes to begin marketing the system by 2010.''

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Commentator 1 wrote on 12-9-07:

``Here is an often overlooked but surprising point regarding hydrogen as fuel. Actually two linked points.

1) As long as we must burn fossil fuel, or even biofuel to meet our transportation needs, then there will always be a significant advantage to burning some hydrogen at the same time. There is no better catalyst to use to accomplish a complete burn of hydrocarbons than a small amount of free hydrogen - and this is especially true of diesel combustion.

2) At the same time there is no reason to manufacture hydrogen in a separate operation or to store it in the automodible. The best approach is to carry water, and then to either reform the H2O with the fuel (i.e. variations of the Pantone approach) or to split the H2O using the best thermo-electro-chemical process.

In this way we can reduce the amount of biofuel which needs to be burned considerably - by up to half - by using H2 - but not as the prime fuel, instead as a combustion catalyst.

The bottom line would be that if one needed an auto engine capable of 40 kWhr in order to achieve acceptable performance on the highway, lets say it is a small engine which burns biodiesel (especially algoil) -- then the an output of 42-44 kWhr would be provided, along with a larger alternator, so that 2-4 kWhr of electric energy could be parasitically employed. This electric input is used along with heat and chemistry, to split water (steam) which has been preheated by the exhaust. Ideally some CO2 is reintroduced into the steam at this point.

The H2, O2 and intermediary chemicals produced in situ by the thermo-electro-chemical process are then immediately reburned and never need to be stored.

The flame speed and mobility of hydrogen at the start of combustion is such that a complete burn is assured in a fraction of the time which is required for heavy oils. There is also synergy, which has become fairly well-documented by the mounting evidence. Much of that evidence was mentioned in the "Pantone threads" ... There is a video and other information on [the following] site, which is useful.''

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