With the accelerating drive to de-carbonise motor transport with BPVs (battery-power vehicles), ‘charging up’ the battery for the family car will ultimately take on a completely new meaning for millions of consumers.**
And it may also change the traditional male-orientated motor-vehicle maintenance stereotype to a female-based perspective.
And this is already happening in Space … the final frontier – where flight engineer Peggy Whitson, a NASA astronaut, is due to ‘pop out’ for a spacewalk on Friday (6 Jan 2017) to install adapter plates and hook up electrical connections for six new lithium-ion batteries on Expedition-50 on board the International Space Station.
The new batteries will be robotically extracted from a pallet to replace 12 older nickel-hydrogen batteries through a series of robotic operations.
Nine of the older batteries will be stowed in a cargo resupply craft for later disposal, while three will remain on the station’s truss, disconnected from the power grid.
Whitson will be making the seventh spacewalk of her career – matching the record of NASA’s Suni Williams for most spacewalks by a woman – when she will be designated extravehicular crew member 2 (EV 2).
For more information: http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv
** Almost none of this literally – ‘out of this world’ – BPV technology will be included in the government’s new Scottish Energy Strategy, due to be published by Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse later this month.