Real-life Tony Stark to the rescue!
Real-life Tony Stark to the rescue!
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This weekend I was at the Saint Louis auto show explaining how the model s worked and showing individuals the "cool" aspects of the car. While explaining how the model s uses a battery I keep getting asked "Is the battery going to blow up like the Boeing battery?" Well it now seems that Tesla is making strides to help Boeing out.. too bad i didnt know that before the show
Tesla helping Boeing on batteries - Silicon Valley Business Journal
Nothing new about Boeing's dreamliner but I liked this comment about Elon. Someday the quote will have to be changed to "two feet in space". Mars anyone?
Edmunds says: An intriguing offer from Elon Musk, one of those rare individuals with one foot on earth and one foot in space.
The lithium ion batteries installed on the Boeing 787 are inherently unsafe, says Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and owner of electric car maker Tesla.
"Unfortunately, the pack architecture supplied to Boeing is inherently unsafe," writes Musk in an email to Flightglobal.
"Large cells without enough space between them to isolate against the cell-to-cell thermal domino effect means it is simply a matter of time before there are more incidents of this nature," he adds.
Elon Musk: Boeing 787 battery fundamentally unsafe
(An open question is whether there might be more to it, such as the reason for the initial thermal problem... if not explained by this quote: "It is much harder to maintain an even temperature in a large cell, as the distance from the center of the cell to the edge is much greater, which increases the risk of thermal runaway.")Musk's assessments of battery cells were confirmed by Donald Sadoway, a professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
"I would have used the same words," says Sadoway. "I would have used the same words. I'm glad someone with such a big reputation put it on the line."
"He's engineered [Tesla's battery] to prevent the domino effect, while Boeing evidently doesn't have that engineering," adds Sadoway.
Buying an EV is one thing, being able to drive it beyond city limits another...
I wonder if Musk would be interested in Tesla building battery packs for Boeing. That would be a pretty big name to tack on the "supplied by Tesla" list. And it would tell an interesting story of cross-industry technology wins, etc.
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But he just threw down the gauntlet with a substantive criticism which points to a fundamental design flaw in the way Boeing implemented their battery architecture. This is likely to be a major, major story.. ish just got real.
Edit: To respond directly to you comment, it occurs to me that Tesla is basically the only company which I am aware of which uses tons of tiny cells. I've always figured their patent portfolio was heavily based on the control and safe management of that architecture, and that was a key reason why I felt Tesla had an advantage over other car makers going forward.
I wonder now to what extent Tesla IP actually precludes other companies from designing Tesla style packs. I figured the advantage was primarily economic because of the use of consumer electronics batteries, but it now seems as if it affects safety as well.
Musk's argument leads to the conclusion that his packs are inherently the safest on the market. And he has all kinds of fresh patents covering his design.
Last edited by CapitalistOppressor; 01-30-2013 at 04:20 AM.
Let's not forget however that the risk is higher using LiCo based chemistry. The Volt and Karma packs are larger format cells packed together with cooling plates in between, liquid cooling for the Volt and air for the Karma. The LEAF uses larger format cells pack in groups of 4 I think, then those are stacked together with no active cooling. LiFePO4 chemistry would have been a better choice for Boeing when using large format cells, but even so at this point the failure looks to be external battery controls. Even with a Tesla design if the external power source continuously over charges the battery it's going to cause all cells to overheat until that power source is removed. As bad as this incident was the fire was contained as designed. The real key is getting the control electronics right with enough redundancy to cut off the power when necessary.
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