China has a 50 year history of sending students over to the US to become educated, get employed in US businesses and send/take sensitive information back to China for China's benefit. You don't have to just manufacture there or to sell there...
You just need to actively plan for the possible/probable theft of your information if you run a strategic business.
There should be no-one on this board that is in the least bit surprised by this turn of events. If you agree to produce your products in China or to collaborate with the Chinese, you run the very real risk of losing your proprietary edge and intellectual properties.
If you want to make salad shooters, then your risk is low. Make state of the art energy conversion devices then you might consider just selling your company and moving on...
Yes. I hike and camp in the outdoors ( I'm gone next week for 50 miles on the AT) and have a mountain cabin when I desire peace and quiet.
Still...I do listen to the Moody Blues at enhanced volume when the urge compels me...
Hydrogen fuel-cell electric cars are much quieter to drive than gasoline-fueled cars.
Yes, but there is nothing like the sound of a cross-plane V-8 winding through 6,000 rpm. It stirs the soul. Can you imagine your disappointment when a fuel cell Hyabusa flew by you and you never heard it?
Its interesting that many scientists and engineers felt that this plant and process was essentially unworkable and would inevitably fail to meet expectations and most certainly fail to ever make a profit...long before production started. The lure of government money was too great in the end and the 'boondoggle' was put in play.
It would be far better to complete the plant with the latest scrubbing technology and forget about CO2 capture and get it up and running. Cut the losses and have a brand new state of the art coal plant in place. It's not like this one plant will make or break any major future energy plans for the US...
but it just might make it difficult for the likes of us to live on it,
Yes and it just might make it a little easier for the likes of the other portion of us that live on it that have less than desirable climate conditions... Why do you constantly dwell on the guessed negatives and never address the guessed positives?
I'm curious why you thought a few days ago that it was a good time to sell gold and buy it back later. I would say it is a good time to buy gold for a major run the next few years. The commodity/gold cycle has hit a low and appears to have reversed. $1,340 is a level to punch through, but then there is little resistance for a couple hundred dollars to the upside...
The next Leaf will have a 60 KW battery pack giving it a max range of ~200 miles. This competes favorably with the Bolt and Model 3.
This year new car sales in Europe are about 6% EV. It is hoped that new EV car sales in 2020 will be 20% EV. Personally, I think 20 is too optimistic, but still an impressive number.
Today's best electrolysers compressing to ~15 bar take about 50 KWH per KG of H2. Compressing to levels needed for FC automobile storage tanks takes another ~15 KWH.
(100% efficiency would be about 39.4 KWH production and ~15 KWH for high compression.
Per Wiki, (numbers which seem correct to me)...
Reported working efficiencies were for alkaline in 1996 lying in the 50–60% range for the smaller electrolysers and around 65–70% for the larger plants.
Ranges in 2014 were 43–67% for the alkaline and 40–67% for the PEM, they should progress in 2030 to 53–70% for the alkaline and 62–74% for the PEM.
Theoretical efficiency for PEM electrolysers are predicted up to 94%.
Given the above as guidance, I don't see $1.14 per KG production happening ever via the electrolysis route.
(1) False, false, false. They are very biased and they manipulate most everything in the collected record. Their funding and jobs depend on it. They have been caught falsifying data. Their predictions have almost all been wrong so far. Do you not do any reading?
(2) No they work for NASA...by definition. Please identify which commenters work for the oil companies.
(3) And you can back this claim up, of course?
Pick a number for peak power cost. Let's say 10 cents per KWH, OK? It takes ~65 KWH to produce 1 KG of hydrogen.
$ 0.10 x 65 + $ 6.50 per KG.
Now you have to contain it, compress it and deliver it. Then add the cost of maintenance, the cost of money, profit, insurance, depreciation and labor.
In the real world that does not add up to $ 4.20. Maybe in the hydrogen world?
I anxiously await the day you show us a full market price for hydrogen of $4.20...much less $ 1.14.
I have included a little optimism/sarcasm in my post, of course. Up to 100%...
That will get me ~3/4 of a mile per insolation hour or...
fan cooling of my cars interior as long as the sun shines
operate the car stereo while on a sunny beach
charge my laptop and cell phone
watch a TV
electrolyze 15 grams of hydrogen for my FC vehicle.
See? Lots of uses!
and can boost efficiency by as much as 10 percent
I am a big believer in evolutionary improvements. I've talked to people that think 10% improvements are trivial. Incremental ten percent improvements don't sound like much, but they are really a big deal in the long run. Tack on a few more 10-percenters and you are really talking something major.
Who wouldn't like a 10% boost in salary? 10% increase on your savings interest? 10% more HP in your car? 10% more mileage in your Tesla? 10% more lovemaking? 10% more years of good health? 10% more vacation time?
With flexible PV panels being made, most any car can take advantage of some solar energy now.
Yes Bill you have. I have been saying that the rock-bottom price of raw hydrogen is about $7.50 a kg and that is before sales, distribution, storage, profits or taxes...so $16 a kg has always sounded about right. This is one of the reasons you see early adopters of FC vehicles get 'free' fuel for the lease period (or get heavily subsidized hydrogen at about $5 a kg). The comparable cost for gasoline would be about $ 8-9 a gallon and that would (will) turn off buyers.