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1. WO2020139791 - REGENERATIVE BRAKING ENERGY DISSIPATER AND SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USING SAME

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What is claimed is:

1. A regenerative braking energy dissipater system for a lightweight electric vehicle, said system comprising:

a lightweight electric vehicle, said lightweight electric vehicle comprising:

a mounting surface; and

a regenerative braking system; and

a dissipater, said dissipater coupled to said mounting surface, said dissipater comprising: a dissipater plate, said dissipater plate comprising a first side and a second side; a resistor assembly coupled to the first side of said dissipater plate, wherein said dissipater is coupled to said mounting surface such that an airflow passage exists between said first side of said dissipater plate and said mounting surface.

3. The regenerative braking energy dissipater system of claim 1 further comprising:

a battery case, said battery case containing one or more batteries, said battery case mounted to said lightweight electric vehicle, wherein said battery case comprises said mounting surface.

2. The regenerative braking energy dissipater system of claim 2 comprising a switch controller, said switch controller comprising an electrical power input portion, said switch controller electrically coupled to said one or more batteries and to said resistor assembly, said switch controller adapted to switch input power between said one or more batteries and said dissipater based upon the charge state of said one or more batteries.

4. The regenerative braking energy dissipater system of claim 1 wherein said dissipater plate has fins on said second side.

5. The regenerative braking energy dissipater system of claim 1 wherein said resistor assembly compromises a circuit board and one or more resistors mounted to said circuit board.

6. The regenerative braking energy dissipater system of claim 5 wherein said resistors are surface mount resistors.

7. The regenerative braking energy dissipater system of claim 6 wherein said resistors are thin or thick film resistors.

8. The regenerative braking energy dissipater system of claim 1 wherein said dissipater plate is mounted with thermally insulated mounting pads.

9. The regenerative braking energy dissipater system of claim 2 wherein said dissipater plate is mounted with thermally insulated mounting pads.

10. The regenerative braking energy dissipater system of claim 5 wherein said dissipater plate is mounted with thermally insulated mounting pads.

11. The regenerative braking energy dissipater system of claim 8 wherein said mounting surface on said lightweight electric vehicle is temperature sensitive.

12. The regenerative braking energy dissipater of claim 11 wherein said mounting surface on said lightweight electric vehicle is composite or plastic.

13. The regenerative braking energy dissipater of claim 13 wherein said thermally insulating mounting pads are made from rubber, foam or plastic.

14. A regenerative braking energy dissipater system for a bicycle, said system comprising: a bicycle, said bicycle comprising:

a bicycle frame; and

a regenerative braking system; and

a dissipater, said dissipater coupled to said bicycle frame, said dissipater comprising: a dissipater plate, said dissipater plate comprising a first side and a second side; a resistor assembly coupled to the first side of said dissipater plate; wherein said dissipater is coupled to said bicycle frame such that an airflow passage exists between said first side of said dissipater plate and the surface to which the dissipater plate is mounted.

15. The regenerative braking energy dissipater system of claim 14 further comprising:

a battery case, said battery case containing one or more batteries, said battery case mounted to said bicycle frame, wherein said dissipater is mounted to said battery case.

16. The regenerative braking energy dissipater system of claim 15 comprising a switch controller, said switch controller comprising an electrical power input portion, said switch controller coupled to said one or more batteries and to said resistor assembly, said switch controller adapted to switch input power between said one or more batteries and said dissipater based upon the charge state of said one or more batteries.

17. The regenerative braking energy dissipater system of claim 14 wherein said dissipater plate has fins on said second side.

18. The regenerative braking energy dissipater system of claim 16 wherein said dissipater plate has fins on said second side.

19. The regenerative braking energy dissipater system of claim 14 wherein said resistor assembly comprises surface mount resistors.

20. The regenerative braking energy dissipater system of claim 18 wherein said resistor assembly comprises are surface mount resistors.

21. The regenerative braking energy dissipater system of claim 19 wherein said resistors are mounted to a printed circuit board coupled to said dissipater plate.

22. The regenerative braking energy dissipater system of claim 14 wherein said dissipater plate is mounted with thermally insulated mounting pads.

23. The regenerative braking energy dissipater system of claim 15 wherein said dissipater plate is mounted with thermally insulated mounting pads.

24. The regenerative braking energy dissipater system of claim 18 wherein said dissipater plate is mounted with thermally insulated mounting pads.

25. A method of dissipating heat generated during braking of a bicycle, said method comprising the steps of:

braking with a regenerative braking system, thereby generating electrical power;

routing the electrical power generated by the regenerative braking system to an energy dissipation system; and

dissipating said energy in said energy dissipation system.

26. The method of claim 25 wherein the step of dissipating said energy comprises routing said energy to one or more load resistors.

27. The method of claim 25 wherein the regenerative braking system comprises a battery, and wherein the step or routing electrical power generated by the regenerative braking system to an energy dissipation system comprises routing electrical power to a switch controller which directs said electrical power to said energy dissipation system when said battery is at or above a predetermined state of charge.

28. The method of claim 26 wherein said load resistors are mounted to a dissipater plate.

29. The method of claim 28 wherein the step of dissipating said energy comprises the step of causing air to flow along said dissipater plate.

30. The method of claim 29 wherein said dissipater plate is mounted to a battery case.

31. The method of claim 29 wherein said air flows above and below said dissipater plate.

32. The method of claim 30 wherein said air flow above said dissipater plate and through an airflow passage between the bottom of said dissipater plate and surface of said battery case.