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skipper1072 5 posts  |  Last Activity: Apr 13, 2014 8:56 PM Member since: Dec 29, 2006
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  • skipper1072 by skipper1072 Apr 13, 2014 8:56 PM Flag

    Farmer: Hydrogen holds promise as energy source April 13, 2014
    From the moment we are conceived to the time we die our lives are powered by the sun. This may seem an odd thought. After all, humans do not run around with solar panels strapped to our backs or lay naked in the sun every morning for breakfast.
    But when you stop to think about it, everything you have ever eaten, or will ever eat, can ultimately be traced back to a plant. Those hash browns, biscuit and grits? Plants. That glass of juice? Plants. The much-needed cup of coffee? Plants. Even the eggs and bacon come from other animals who got their food from a plant. In this sense we are all, ultimately, vegetarians.
    With the exception of some microbes on the bottom of the ocean, all life on Earth can trace its energy source back to a plant or handful of algae which perform one of the most amazing feats in the universe. They make food from water, gas and sunshine.
    Plants do this through a process known as photosynthesis, which literally means “to create from light.”
    The first organisms to master this trick completely changed our planet. The waste product of photosynthesis is oxygen, a gas we sometimes take for granted, but without which our lives would come to a screeching halt. Today, a fifth of our atmosphere is composed of oxygen, virtually all of it coming from plants and algae.
    While much has been written about how plants remove carbon dioxide from the air and how the burning of ancient plants (coal) and ancient algae (oil) is changing our atmosphere by releasing that stored CO2, very few people think about the very first step in photosynthesis, which is the splitting apart of water.
    Using the energy contained in a ray of sunshine, plants have evolved the ability to take a water molecule and split it into its two essential parts; two atoms of hydrogen and one of oxygen. When this is done for two water molecules, the oxygen atoms are joined together and released as waste. Plants then use the hydrogen atom

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

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    Elon Musk on Fuel Cells

    by johnnie_beans Apr 3, 2014 5:35 PM
    skipper1072 skipper1072 Apr 3, 2014 7:59 PM Flag

    You conveniently neglected to provide the date of his statement: October 23, 2013

  • Global market for fuel cell is expected to reach 664.5 MW by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 22.6% from 2014 to 2020. Growing demand for alternative or renewable energy, owing to its eco friendly characteristics over conventional energy has been acting as one of the major factors driving the demand for fuel cells. A number of regulatory bodies across the world are developing hydrogen fuel stations to strengthen their infrastructure; Norway, Denmark and Finland have recently opened hydrogen fuel stations to refuel forklifts, buses and other vehicles. In June 2012, the German government signed an agreement with German companies to expand the country’s hydrogen refueling infrastructure to 50 stations by 2015.

    Proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) dominated the overall market and accounted for over 45% of total capacity in 2013. However, direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) is expected to be the fastest growing product segment at an estimated CAGR of 24.1% from 2014 to 2020. Portable applications emerged as the leading application segment and accounted for over 65% of total units shipped in 2013. Along with being the largest application segment, portable applications are also expected to be the fastest growing applications for fuel cell at an estimated CAGR of 57.6% from 2014 to 2020. North America led the overall market in terms of total installed capacity and accounted for 42.5% of total market in 2013. However, in terms of total unit shipments, Asia Pacific emerged as the leading consumer with 40% of total market in 2013.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • skipper1072 skipper1072 Mar 11, 2014 7:36 PM Flag

    I think you are dead on. I am concerned about the herd mentality, however.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • skipper1072 skipper1072 Mar 8, 2014 6:45 AM Flag

    Here's an article on it - yes - BLDP is nanotechnology research: (portion of article in Research by By Marianne Meadahl)

    Powerful scanners that give scientists a direct line of sight into hydrogen fuel cells are the latest tools Simon Fraser University researchers will use to help Ballard Power Systems Inc. create more durable, lower-cost fuel cells. Using these fuel cells in vehicles can substantially reduce harmful emissions in the transportation sector.
    The new Nano X-ray Computed Tomography (NXCT) tools will become part of a nationally unique fuel-cell testing and characterization facility. The new four-year, $6.5-million project is receiving $3.39 million in funding from Automotive Partnership Canada (APC).
    It’s one of 10 university-industry partnerships receiving a total of more than $52 million ($30 million from APC, leveraged by more than $22 million from industry and other partners) announced in October by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
    Research carried out in the new visualization facility, expected to be operational by spring 2014, will further the ongoing research collaboration between Ballard and SFU.
    “This will be an unprecedented, world-class testing facility dedicated entirely to this project over the next four years,” says principal investigator Erik Kjeang, an internationally known fuel-cell expert and director of SFU’s Fuel Cell Research Laboratory (FCRel). “Beyond its capabilities, that’s a strength in itself.”
    Says Ballard’s Research Manager Shanna Knights: “It’s a unique opportunity, to have dedicated access to highly specialized equipment and access to university experts who are focused on Ballard’s needs.”
    Researchers will use the facility to develop and advance the technology required for the company’s next generation of fuel cell products, helping to meet its targets related to extending fuel cell life while improving efficiency.

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