Submitted by Jeff Buster on Mon, 07/09/2007 - 20:27.

Hindsight is 20/200.   Herb Crowther brought Myers Motors to REi at Case right when Myers was getting started three years ago.  REI was fast on its feet - trends surfaced at REI ahead of the curve.  So when I saw the Coke Red NmG at the Cleveland Solar Convention, the only news was that it now used totally DRY batteries.  The battery distributor was there too with cut open battery cases so you could lift out the absorbed glass mat (AGM) lead plates.  No hydrogen offgassing, no sulferic acid slopping around.   The batteries are made in China.  Not Ohio.

Case tossed out Ed Morrison and REI.  That was more Cleveland Ignorance.

 Dan Rothenberg's in the Orange taking a test drive around the Peter B. Lewis Building in 2004.

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Mighty 'Modest Mouse' Myers Motors

Just a quick thought...  It would be interesting to showcase the Myers vehicle at Ingenuity and I spoke with a marketing manager maven for Myers recently at enigmatically eclectic Cafe Limbo on Larchmere, meeting with fellow Cleveland Greendrinks leaders.  There is much interest from that camp in showcasing their alternative-energy (electric/clean air) automotive technology as part of our sustainability efforts with the Ingenuity Festival.   I was quick to note the limited range (30 Miles on one charge) but still feel it could have potent application in commuter civic settings.  The roughly 25K sticker price might be a hindrance to others and I feel it might behoove Myers to consider partnership with a local clean-air providing transport service like Cleveland-based CityWheels.




Good idea Sudir.  I am going again today to the Solar conf. and will get Myer's reps card for you.  Here it is _ The Myers Motors Sales Representive is Brad Hirsch   brad [dot] hirsch [at] myersmotors [dot] com
330.760.2768 cell

Already ascertained and acquired

Already acquired.  Thanks anyway!

More accurately - The AGM battery "damp", not "dry"

A correction - The AGM batteries are, in fact, not totally "dry" – a more accurate description would be that an AWG battery is “damp”, like wet blotter paper.  The photo above shows the plastic case of a 3 cell storage battery with the center cell filled with lead plates sandwiched between white fiberglass mattes.

 Brendan Magee, National Sales Director for Battery Direct , in response to my questions about how the sulfuric acid electrolyte was held against the lead plates explained:   After the 3 cells are filled with the lead plates and the glass mats as in the center cell in the photo, the cells would be  filled with sulfuric acid to a liquid level just above the top of the plates.  (the sulfuric acid has a slightly higher specific gravity than the acid that is used in a conventional flooded battery) The liquid is absorbed by the mats so that the liquid line disappears.  If you drilled a hole in the bottom of the battery case, no liquid would drain out.  Mr. Magee has been in the battery business for 20 years and knows the ropes, including being familiar with types of dc electric drive motors, and the pros and cons of using various voltage ranges in those dc motors, electrocution shock/burn being one consideration.

The role of a research university in economic development

The Hundert Administration at Case never quite understood the role of an economic development office at a research university. This is a bit odd, considering that President Hundert launched his tenure with an impressive event focusing on universities and their economic development role.

An economic development office plays a different function than a technology transfer office. The TTO is focused on largely one-way flows out of the university. Their job: monetize the IP.

An economic development office at a research university is different. Their main task is to develop new patterns of business relationships among different assets within the university -- faculty, students, research projects -- and the surrounding regional economy.