Either way, it's pretty clear the Navy has an interest in both Superconducting engines, as well as internal power transmission as it could significantly reduce weight, while increasing performance of their ships..
Here are a few article titles to Google..
Winner: Superconductors on the High Seas
Navy Railgun Fires 33-megajoule Shot
Given the amount of power required for a rail gun, superconductors are a natural choice, especially if they can be readily incorporated into retro-fitted ships.
But I can imagine that any discussions on this are relatively closely held.. It's not a subject the Navy would want to blab too much about.
I would seriously consider it, and certainly a Bi-Fuel..
This is VERY new ground that is being broken right now. With the new, greater capacity/lighter weight, CNG tanks that QTWW is producing, as well as WPRT's engines, AND more importantly, it's NG/Diesel injectors for converting existing diesel trucks to CNG, there is extensive promise, even if it doesn't become mainstream in passenger vehicles.
Ramping up a new alternative fuel takes time, as well as filling stations. It's only logical that it will be used in Fleet operations first..
Don't be disheartened.. I still believe that CNG/LNG will become a huge market in coming years.. It's not just due to governmental "push" on air quality and Climate Change, but also because the national security aspect of it.
We're too dependent upon Mid-East oil and affairs in that region and spiraling out of control.. Everyone sees that.. And eventually, it's going to result in a major global oil disruption (which may be why we're storing so much oil right now)..
Aside from that, think about the current price of CNG on a Barrel of Oil Equivalent (BOE).. 6 million BTUs of CNG equals a barrel of oil. NG is pricing at $2.64 M/BTU. Multiply that by 6 and you get a BOE price of $15.84 per BOE, with NO refining costs (maybe some purification, but that's inconsequential)..
Anyone hear of that huge "Super Giant" NG find in Egypt? They believe it could be the biggest one ever found..
Oil is getting harder to find than NG.. Bottom line.. And our supplies of NG in the US remain very abundant and very difficult to export..
Any serious global conflict is going to place a premium on oil (for military purposes) while CNG will remain relatively unaffected..
Btw, I don't own WPRT, but have been considering it.. I own QTWW, which is also a Kevin Douglas play..
NG is filled into a vehicle in a closed circuit hose.. Both Diesel and Gasoline are filled via an open nozzle, during which significant VOCs are released.. Aside from wellhead release of NG, which also significantly occurs in oil wells..
Non-Issue, scientifically.. But maybe someone wants to make it a political issue.
How much business was Sinovel giving AMSC over the course of a 9 month period?
$40 million worth?
And I think we may be seeing DHS start to take a new emphasis on Grid reliability, given what we just saw out of China with regard hacking OPM.. I think that may have woke up a few people.
And then there is the De-Gaussing contracts with the US Navy that should be kicking in soon.. And I suspect, with the threat of the Straits of Hormuz, as well as the S. China Sea being mined to thwart Global shipping, this could be a major emphasis as well..