The Chinese gov't has stolen plans and technology from other governments in...
- Almost every advanced weapon system the US has
- Integrated circuits
- Rocketry and satellites
- High resolution camera's and lenses
- Solar power materials
- Nuclear technology
- Business strategies
- Spy networks
- Thin film and coatings
- High performance radar
- Engineered materials
- Smart phone cryptography
- Etcetera, etcetera etcetera ad infinitum
Don't ever make the mistake that it will be different 'this time'. Ever.
The Chinese have a very long and sordid history of stealing tech and information and making products on their own regardless of 'laws' and 'agreements' and 'patents'. There is no reason to believe it will be any different this time. There is almost zero chance of your 'Ballard everywhere' fantasy coming true.
Ballard's greatest challenge is being able to make a high margin product that sells in quantity ie. to make significant profits. This has dogged them so far and continues to dog them today. They have a lot of patents, but many of them have not produced fruit. Many are aging off the books, too. Now there are several fuel cell producers all working with each other to capitalize on the technology. Ballard's window of opportunity to shine with greatness is getting shorter by the year.
You are wrong again. No one ever said it was up for sale either. You can't seem to get anything right, can you?
I will always respond whenever anything is reported incorrectly. Can't have facts that aren't facts going unchallenged.
His opinion is the the PHEV is uniquely suited for demand response because it can forgo any charging at times of excessive short supply or heavy demand on the grid.
That is something I had not thought about. Makes a lot of sense.
The headline 'Will Not' and the body of the paper 'not likely' and 'vehicle to grid' dance all around battery grid balancing. I am quite shocked that anyone with a battery powered vehicle would ever let the grid masters tap into the cars battery to assist the grid, anyway, but it sure sounds as if batteries will play a big role in Germany's future grid...
And how do you reconcile that with Ballard's stock price that is languishing at $1.50? Does the market view all those projects as irrelevant?
"The researchers bubbled air (consuming power) through an aqueous solution of pentaethylenehexamine (or PEHA) (requiring a bunch of power to fabricate), adding a catalyst (created using power) to encourage hydrogen to latch onto the CO2 under pressure (requiring power). They then heated the solution (requiring power), converting 79 percent of the CO2 into methanol. Though mixed with water, the resulting methanol can be easily distilled (requiring even more power)."
I'm sorry to sound pessimistic, but I wonder what the energy return on investment might look like for this procedure? Just off the cuff it doesn't sound too good. If you ever run across some details on this project please bring it to my attention. I would be very curious.
If you are happy that you are going to capture the 'dividend increase' by buying yesterday then good for you.
But looking at a technical chart, I wouldn't have made the same decision. OHI was trading at an over bought condition (Relative Strength) and the technicals were all pointing to a near term future decline in the price level. (You can see that the rollover in price accelerated yesterday.) You might have been better off waiting a few days to a few weeks and buying after the 'dividend increase'. This way you saved money not buying at a near term high, still acquired more shares for future dividends and didn't have to pay taxes on a this dividend increase payment while saving more than the dividend would have gained you.
Technical analysis, even at the most basic level, can add to your profits by helping prevent buying too high and risking losing what you gained from a dividend payout after the price retreats from the overbought condition.
Sometimes we just want to relax from relaxing and have a cup of coffee while checking out what the investor sentiment is. Buy and Hold (Regularly) is an acceptable approach. Just like trading is an acceptable approach. Don't be so narrow-minded. You might learn something new.
Careful there kal,
If you had sold just two days ago when OHI looked to be topping out near the $ 36 level, you would have already recouped 3+ dividend payments. To each his own...
What were you thinking? If Honda wants to sell more than a few thousand Clarity's how else did you figure they would have had a chance to recoup a 1 billion dollar investment/model change? The EV and PHEV variants are a COMPLETELY logical approach to moving sales and was anticipated years ago.
If Honda wants to sell more than a few thousand hydrogen Clarity's, I might suggest they follow the path that Tesla did and install a thousand refueling stations across the US/Canada and Europe. Otherwise it will be a slow start...
Of course not. You never seem to get it.
We need to find an alternate source of 'fuel' for motor transport as we will eventually run short of oil/gasoline, because there are downsides to harvesting crude and there might be something better out there.
We have, in fact, been adapting for a few decades now and the result is much cleaner and fuel efficient ICE's, alcohol blends, battery assisted hybrids, new battery technologies, EV's and recently fuel cells. We have rapidly begun adopting PV and wind as alternate energy sources. We have encouraged mass transit and logistically better living/working situations, etc., etc., etc.
You are severely trapped in a one solution world and that is severely limiting your proper world view of things. You are limiting options by pushing a singular technology. You are assuming terrible things are happening when they are not. You are assuming terrible things will happen if we don't pick your solution. You are not looking at the other side of your coin to see what might be the unintended consequences of your one solution view. You are adopting a thought process that hinders proper science and technology advancement.
We have plenty of time to discover the next great thing. We are not at irrational risk of hitting a mystical tipping point if it takes another decade or two to reach the best of several possibilities.
You do know that in the last interglacial period there was far more polar ice melted than so far today and that the seas were 20+ feet higher than today don't you? And all that happened without one whisper of assistance from the human race, anthropogenic CO2 or SUV's?
So all your extreme fear about northern ice melting may be entirely without merit as it may well do the same thing as last time and there is nothing...nothing we can do to stop it. No amount of money spent, no amount of hand wringing, no amount of political pontification will have any bearing on the outcome.
The only thing we can do, the only thing we should do...in fact the only thing that will make any difference at all...is to adapt to the very slowly changing conditions. Whether natural or human influenced, adaptation to a changing climate is something we humans are extremely adept at. And adapt we will. Even you will find a way if you would just stop and think about how useless it is to resist.
We will build higher seawalls. We will change crops as necessary. We will move farms and cities as necessary. We did what we did at the time as it was the thing to do. Now building at the coasts, which has served us very well so far, will have to be adjusted upward and inward for awhile. When the next ice age comes we will find that our ports are scores of miles inland and we will adjust again as necessary.
Adapt...don't fight it. You won't win.
This 'just do it' mentality of yours is probably the biggest source of your frustration. Despite your fantasy world of 'I want it all and I want it now', you simply avoid all of the mechanisms that automatically are in put in play when change is contemplated or attempted. Any engineer knows this, many managers don't and almost all laymen don't have a clue.
Your magic wands and foo-foo dust are of no use here.
Engineering, money, regulations, decisions, materials, politics, experimentation, discovery, luck, skill, hard work, failure and Murphy's Law all apply. And guess what? After all this effort, many brilliantly conceived plans are a bust, are scrapped and the process starts all over again if the odds of success are still deemed sufficiently high to justify the ends.
Things happen when they are ready to happen and not a moment before.
Even with 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources, Fehrman said the investor-owned utility has no plans to retire its coal and natural gas plants.
"During times when the wind isn’t blowing — or isn't blowing enough — our coal plants, gas plants will be picking up the slack," Fehrman said.
Excess electricity storage is the biggest new technology we need. The spinning reserve is still a major issue.
It was not long ago that a resistance was developing at ~1.60 a share. Now there is growing difficulty in breaking out of a level of ~1.35-1.40 a share. Every spike in the price has been followed by sustained selling pressure until the spike is entirely erased.
Fuel Cell received a cautious plug today, but not so much for Plug and Ballard. This company has a long ways to go to get to sustained profitability it seems. Confidence in BLDP's products, sales and its management is sorely in need of a boost.