MASON CITY — Lt. Governor Adam Gregg stopped in Mason City this morning to help kick off Healthiest State Month in Iowa. Gregg joined students and staff at Harding Elementary School as they were among more than 900 Healthiest State Annual Walk events taking place today. Gregg says events like this will help Iowans move forward with the goal of becoming the healthiest state in the nation. “What that’s going to take is a lot of good choices, and a lot of doing little things right. Today is an opportunity where we’re going to get a little exercise here with the kids here at Harding Elementary, but also encourage them to make healthy choices when they have that opportunity from here on out and for the rest of their lives, and create those healthy habits that will help us become the healthiest state in the nation.” Gregg says kids need to learn good habits about exercise. “It’s so important to be intentional about getting that exercise. It’s so easy these days to live a sedentary lifestyle with looking at our phones, or being on the computer, or watching TV. Let’s get up, let’s get out, let’s have some fun and enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise. It’s great to instill that kind of ethic in the kids early, and I think they’re having fun with it.” Gregg says it’s not only important for kids to be healthy, adults needs to look at their lifestyle. They’ve got to take control of their own health and find ways to make the healthy decision when they have that opportunity. We have decisions many times a day, every single day, where we can make a healthy choice or we can make it less healthy choice. Healthiest State Month is all about encouraging Iowans to make that healthy choice when they have an opportunity, but also empowering them with the information that they need to make the healthiest choice for them.”Gregg presented the school with a proclamation and then participated in walking and other exercises with the students.
Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine Electrolyte specialist Tydrolyte has released an electrolyte intended to replace the sulfuric acid found in lead-acid batteries. It claims that the patent-pending electrolyte is well suited for start-stop batteries, offers lower hold currents and water losses and is less toxic than sulfuric acid.Start-stop batteries are used for engine starts at a rate 100x that of traditional batteries. They must also be able to handle AC compressor loads and higher charging levels. Tydrolyte’s research has shown that its electrolyte provides 12-19% lower DC charge resistances over the critical partial State of Charge (pSOC) range of 10-20% State of Discharge and 90-80% State of Charge for stop-start and micro-hybrid vehicles. Early testing suggests that the electrolyte may also improve round-trip efficiency as well.Several companies have subjected the electrolyte to the EN50342-1 test, the standard for automotive accelerated life testing. A battery using the electrolyte was continuously charged at 14.4 V in 60˚ C. It was found that the electrolyte reduced hold current by 24% with the figure improving as the battery aged. The battery also showed smaller water losses and may provide lower positive electrode corrosion. As a cherry on top, the electrolyte is expected to receive non-toxic classification by the US DOT and EPA, which would lower handling costs for manufacturers.“In spite of its historic success, many aspects of lead battery chemistry are not fully understood, and this provides a significant opportunity to further enhance the performance of world’s most popular rechargeable battery technology,” said Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) manager Dr. Boris Monahov. “We are delighted to welcome Tydrolyte into membership of the ALABC, and strongly support companies such as Tydrolyte in pursuing innovative new solutions to the challenge of improving lead battery performance. There is a bright future for the lead battery, but it is essential that the industry continues to drive innovation to meet future market requirements. We look forward to working with Tydrolyte in the future.” Source: Tydrolyte via Green Car Congress