15 Minutes of Fame... (AVR in a Fuel Cell Scooter)

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Maybe. Depends on what made it to the cutting room floor and what gets broadcast.

I did the electronics package for a fuel cell-powered personal mobility vehicle a while back and Bill Nye came out later to film some segments for his new show "The Eyes of Nye".

Anyway, the scooter looked like it might be used a bit to demonstrate some of the aspects of fuel cell power for transportation.

The show is coming up but isn't being carried by many PBS stations this spring. We won't get to see it here unfortunately.

The website is http://www.eyesofnye.org and the segment is "Transportation" (Episode 11).

If anyone notices it is being shown in their area, and wouldn't mind taping it and sending it, I would be more than happy to reimburse any expenses.

But if they show the scooter, two AVRs beat under the little blue fiberglass lid. One handled communications to a Handspring Visor dashboard and monitoring the fuel cell stack and the other did power regulation.

Cheers :)

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Cool. Well done! You have the right to be proud.

Lee

You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig.

I've never met a pig I didn't like, as long as you have some salt and pepper.

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w00t!
Way to go!

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I hope the people that are _really_ supposed to see this have more patience than me.
That kind of websites my my stomach hurt. Flash should be forbidden !
I didn't take the time to try and navigate through the maze of blippin' and blopping 70's style weird pages, but if you have a presentation on a regular web-page, I would really like to see what you've done.

/Jesper
http://www.yampp.com
The quick black AVR jumped over the lazy PIC.
What boots up, must come down.

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Hi Jesper,

That website doesn't have any of the information on the actual scooter. Here is an overview presentation we turned in early on to the DOE for the annual review. It's the "rev 1" electronics. The main board stayed pretty much the same but the setup in Figure 8 was completely changed to actively drive the DC-DC converter based on inputs from the fuel cell, the scooter drive electronics, and the main board.

Here is the report: http://www.eere.energy.gov/hydrogenandfuelcells/pdfs/32405a29.pdf

It's not very detailed regarding the electronics though but there are a few pretty pictures (although at relatively low resolution).

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Excellent, thanks !

/Jesper
http://www.yampp.com
The quick black AVR jumped over the lazy PIC.
What boots up, must come down.