Carbon Matters is the Airmax Group brand behind vehicle related environmental initiatives.
Currently relating to automotive dual or alternative fuels and driver behaviour and monitoring. The research also includes methods of fuel distribution often labelled as Distributed Technology.
What is Distributed Technology?
Also known as Distributed Generation (DG), also called on-site generation, dispersed generation, embedded generation, decentralised generation,decentralised energy or distributed energy.
Distributed Generation is the use of small-scale power generation technologies located close to the load being served. DG stakeholders include energy companies, equipment suppliers, regulators, energy users and financial and supporting companies. For some customers DG can lower costs, improve reliability, reduce emissions, or expand their energy options. Often out of reach of fleets or consumers the technology slowly becoming available to ‘off gridders’.
Off-the-grid buildings are autonomous; they do not rely on municipal water supply, sewer, natural gas, electrical power grid, or similar utility services. A true off-grid house is able to operate completely independently of all traditional public utility services. A true off-grid vehicle is able to use ‘green fuel’ created by local technology lessening the reliance on fuel stations.
Currently, industrial countries generate most of their electricity in large centralised facilities, such as fossil fuel (coal, gas powered), nuclear, large solar power plants or hydropower plants. These plants have excellent economies of scale, but may become less important as resources become scarce.
Renewable energy sources and distributed generation will play an important role in the energy supply mix of the future. This requires substantial transformations of the electricity supply grid in the medium to long-term. The current grid is tailored to centralised electricity generation while the future grid infrastructure has to cope with substantial penetrations of distributed electricity generation, e.g. from renewable energies like wind and solar, from fuel cells, combined heat and power systems, etc., which is characterised by an unknown spatial and temporal generation pattern.
Future research has to focus on the analysis and modelling of the influence of fluctuating and decentralised electricity generation on intelligent grid based distribution and its control.
Airmax believes that the future starts at home with the CNG refuelling application for vehicles. It can be easily installed at home and consumption directly charged to your gas bill costs!
Airmax is studying the use of a new home gas compression systems and their effects on fuel costs