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Azure Dynamics Awarded Two New Patents
Friday, July 17, 2009
Oak Park, MI -- Azure Dynamics Corporation (TSX: AZD) - ("Azure") or (the "Company"), a leading developer of state-of-the-art green technologies that address environmental and cost issues for the commercial transportation industry, announced today that it has earned two new patents for innovations for its proprietary hybrid electric drive trains. Azure Dynamics broad patent portfolio includes 21 total patents issued or pending. The two patents issued on July 14, 2009 bring the total Azure patents issued in the United States to 13. The newest additions address key value-adding components applicable to electric, hybrid and PHEV vehicle drive trains.
"Azure Dynamics is a technology-driven company that continually seeks new solutions to improve hybrid electric transportation in the commercial vehicle sector," said Ron Iacobelli, Azure's Chief Technology Officer. "These new patents further the company's position as a leading innovator in power electronic components and motor controllers that advance our technology and, ultimately, its value to our end user customers by improving performance of the vehicle control system."
The first new patent (U.S. patent # 7,560,895) relates to indirect rotor resistance estimation system and method. This method provides a way of sensing the rotor temperature of an AC induction motor without requiring any additional hardware in the motor or inverter. "With this invention, an indirect rotor temperature measurement can be obtained and continuously updated during the operation of the motor. A good estimation of the rotor temperature allows for more accurate torque control, faster torque response, improved efficiency and improved thermal protection," said Beat Arnet, Azure Dynamics Director of Hybrid Power Electronics.
The second new patent (U.S. patent # 7,561,008) relates to a filter package that includes a pair of spaced circuit boards with a magnetic core between the circuit boards. This invention resulted from the realization that a smaller, lighter, compact filter can be achieved by packaging the core between a pair of circuit boards with the core windings interconnected to/through the circuit board(s).
"We applaud our engineering team's contributions as it continues to advance hybrid and electric vehicle technology," said Iacobelli. "The addition of these two patents along with our pending portfolio of work continues to enhance our leadership position in technology in our space and further demonstrates the breadth and experience in our technical team with patents ranging from vehicle level hybrid controls down to power electronics hardware controls and battery management."
The new technologies and hardware will be incorporated into the Azure Balance Hybrid Electric drive train currently in operation for both delivery truck and shuttle bus fleets. The Balance Hybrid Electric can improve fuel economy by 30%, reduce maintenance costs by 30% and reduce greenhouse emissions by 30%. With its electric-launch assist, engine-off at idle and regenerative braking, the Azure Balance Hybrid Electric has become a preferred solution for fleet managers looking to reduce overhead costs and lessen environmental impact.
For a complete listing of Azure's international patent portfolio and other company news, please visit www.azuredynamics.com.
About Azure Dynamics
Azure Dynamics Corporation (TSX: AZD) is a world leader in the development and production of hybrid electric and electric components and powertrain systems for commercial vehicles. Azure is strategically targeting the commercial delivery vehicle and shuttle bus markets and is currently working internationally with various partners and customers. The Company is committed to providing customers and partners with innovative, cost-efficient, and environmentally-friendly energy management solutions. For more information please visit www.azuredynamics.com.
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