Why do you hate Sheridan? He saved this company. Selling off the Auto assets was as brilliant as selling the tax loss carry forwards. Sheridan bought time for Ballard and kept the company alive. You wouldn't be here trashing him if he had failed....
The concept is well proven and dates back to the late 1800's. Look at the trains using this concept globally today. No, wear and tear is the least of the issues. In this case, they are attempting to electrify trucks doing short haul work back and forth between a port and a rail yard. IMO, the issue is not wear and tear but power capacity on the wires. I wonder how much current the wire could handle and how many trucks could be powered at one time on the circuit. If the trucks are hybrids and they are already at speed when they attach to the wires, they will avoid the large current requirements for acceleration. This idea could power many trucks in that case.
The beauty of this solution is that it targets a specific corridor and could have great benefits locally. I don't think it would be practical for long range applications.
So when Red finds FC R&D to address catalyst poisoning or proton transport or decay rates its all great news..But when he finds some Battery R&D it must be a sign of their limitations?...LMFAO
To be honest it is a 4 truck experiment. It will be nice if it works. I wonder how many trucks can draw from the system at the same time?
Toyota, who is planning to introduce their own branded FCV has a marketing brochure for it's product ? Wow, no automaker has ever done anything like that before...LOL..One should Google the turbine car" just for grins.
Batteries and propane already OWN the forklift business they have not conceded anything. GNB industrial power has just introduced a new line of batteries for motive power. The Marathon series. They claim to offer the same benefits as Fuel cells. Reduced cost of ownership and improved productivity with a a green alternative. They offer longer running times, increased watering intervals and are fully recyclable.Once the subsidies expire PLUG's ongoing sales will increasingly consist of replacement units
Its all about deception. Plug is hoping more fools will think they are getting into the automotive FC business.
If it wasn't for Methanol, you wouldn't have any Telecom sales at all.( To the tune of Born under a bad sign)
Perhaps they are saving the really big end of quarter PR for tomorrow.
Lets see, the guy who doesn't know when to buy or sell Ballard is telling us how complete strangers are feeling? No wonder you hate laughter. Hows that psychic hotline job going?...LOL
obviously this is a one-off demonstration project, something fuel cell investors should be intimately familiar with by now(VBG) Testing automated inverters is just as important as testing the batteries in this case.
25th anniversary and hydrogen is still "the future".hmmmm, and you say I am ignorant? Why haven't you bought a used hydrogen car? Is it because no one can buy a new one yet? LOL
Wesport, another perennial Canadian money loser has come out with what may, perhaps,just possibly be a product that can improve their bottom line. If they have indeed raised the efficiency of the NG engine to the same level as a base diesel, they just might be onto something.
Here's the takeaway: Designed to provide up to 40% brake thermal efficiency: Typical spark ignited natural gas engines have approximately 25-30% brake thermal efficiency and diesel engines have approximately 41% brake thermal efficiency.
Westport Innovations Inc. unveiled the first generation of its new, proprietary enhanced spark-ignited (ESI) natural gas system. The new approach to natural gas combustion technology is designed to provide vehicle and engine original manufacturers (OEMs) with a “downsized” natural gas solution that is cost competitive while providing similar levels of power, torque, and fuel economy to a larger diesel engine.
Using 100% dedicated natural gas as fuel, Westport’s new technology optimizes the combustion and thermal efficiencies of the engine by taking advantages of the positive properties of natural gas. The Westport ESI combustion system is targeted at sub 9L engines for Class 6 and 7 trucks applications and is also adaptable for sub 2L applications for use in automotive and non-automotive applications.
Jake, you are also still making the mistake of confusing utility owned distribution pipes with oil and gas production. Hell, the rate your going you should blame the oilco's for aging water pipes as well. LOL
It's true there are problems with oil and gas production and ditribution and our aging infrastructure. Always have been always will. But your just plain wrong to imply that the industry as a whole is irresponsible. And you back yourself into a corner if you are at all promoting hydrogen. --- Whats going to happen when we start distributing hydrogen all over the place? Get the picture? ----. Hydrogen in transportation is practically non-existant currently. Yet there have been several high profile incidents and avoidance's regarding hydrogen. If conventional fuels had the same accident rate as hydrogen per BTU used we would have a nightmare scenario.. And since you have married yourself to the notion that energy providers are incompetent and careless, your screwed when they start providing you with hydrogen for your transportation needs