With these eyes IDE keep scrutinizing our own products as well as other innovations appearing on the market, in order to take in the state of the art in engineering and technological changes in real time. The IDE Think Tank primarily review and scrutinize a product’s different functions, actual value and energy efficiency. That both boosts our creativity regarding product innovation and shows us the high significance of compressed air in this day and age. Each of these product reviews indicates the ever increasing importance of compressed air, being a practically endlessly available resource in an era when we are progressively running short of oil as a source of energy.
For several years, resourceful engineers have been researching to power vehicles with compressed air.
In many expert discussions about drive technologies for vehicles, currently mostly about hybrid and electric drives, there is noticeable and justified skepticism.
If, in the foreseeable future, we were to transition fully to electric drives, would the electricity supply be sufficient and affordable?
Will we then have batteries with sufficient storage capacities?
Will we then be capable of producing batteries with environmentally friendlier processes, above all using less valuable and finite resources?
Do we need increasingly powerful high-performance cars for our mobility and more road safety at all?
These elementary questions are being ignored and hushed up by politics and automotive industry.
That makes it even more important and fortunate that in the past few years bright heads and lateral thinkers have been working on making compressed-air drives more efficient and researching truly useful alternatives.
For instance, there is this Indian vehicle manufacturer – TATA motors. In Europe they had been derided for a long time, but with clever ideas and a smart development strategy they are proving that new ways are possible. They now present the improved result of their development department: the “AirPod” that had first been introduced in 2012, and that the technological world now assesses to be a serious alternative to sprouting up e-cars.
Technical key data like size of a Smart, weight 220 kgs (485 lbs.), and a range of 220 kms (136 mi.) indicate that engineers at TATA (and elsewhere) are on a good way to make compressed-air propulsion more and more efficient and thus ready for series production.
Its maximum speed of 70 km/h (43.5 mph) is comparably slow but for an agile city runabout always sufficient.
Very interesting is also the very short time needed to refill the compressed-air tank.
So far, so good.
Several companies do research and development in this direction. Up to now, however, serial production of compressed-air engines failed because their efficiency is still insufficient to become a commercial success.
But the concept of compressed-air vehicles will surely have a future.
We are also following this law of nature (inevitably) and therefore come to the conclusion, that the AirPod technology truly deserves appreciation, but that the compressed-air car is definitely no alternative to a normal car yet.
We, IDE-Compressors Manufactory, have been active in the sector of gas filling stations for years, so of course we would be the right partner to build up a compressed-air filling station network.
Regarding the introduction from IDE-Compressors’ point of view, we can conclude: Innovations and a huge growth potential, combined with best quality and excellent service are the basis for our company to secure our position on the market in an exciting future.