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  • On June 26, BAIC Foton released a notice, revealing that by the end of this September, the company would deliver 1,320 units Foton AUV electric buses BJ6123EVCA-37 to Beijing Public Transport Group Holdings Ltd. (also known as Beijing Public Transport). Such a large number of zero-emission vehicles are expected to further cut PM2.5 and other pollutants and improve the urban air quality in Beijing.

    http://www.chinabuses.org/news/2017/0627/article_11156.html

  • China and Japan have chosen Fuel Cell as the "ultimate" clean energy solution. WanGang, Chairman of the Central Committee of Science and Technology minister, China Science and Technology Association chairman. He is a Fuel Cell expert. Lots of development in Fuel cell from China recently.I think 2017 marks the beginning of Fuel Cell Era. U.S.A made a mistake and chose Electronic car instead, now, US lags China and Japan for 4~5 years in Fuel Cell.
  • Hyundai Motor Co. will increase the production of its new fuel cell electrical vehicle (FCEV) to be released early next year by 15 times. This is part of efforts to hold Toyota, which competes with the company in the hydrogen powered car market, in check and to promote fuel cell vehicles as most popular eco-friendly cars along with electric vehicles.

    http://www.directorstalk.net/hyundai-motor-increase-hydrogen-powered-car-production-15-times-next-year/

  • Hydrogen fuel and electricity can complement each other to jointly promote development of new energy vehicles, said Wan Gang, Minister of Science and Technology, on June 25, The Paper reported.

    http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/0626/c90000-9233428.html

    Hydrogen fuel, electricity to promote new energy automobile development: minister - People's Daily Online
    Hydrogen fuel and electricity can complement each other to jointly promote development of new energy vehicles, said Wan Gang, Minister of Science and Technology, on June 25, The Paper reported.
    en.people.cn
  • China production coming online in July, scaling up Burnaby production of MEA's (check out new production engineer job posting), It all looks good; End of July earnings. I see a good month ahead.
  • http://movenergy.net/california-opens-28th-retail-hydrogen-station/
    https://cafcp.org/stationmap

    If you want to stop hydrogen fuel cells, then you must stop building of hydrogen filling stations...as the non- existing net of filling stations is the only serious reason, why the costs are not yet low and why there are not many of these vehicles already

  • hmmm .. that 3k share traded after hour looks like they know something... 7 pennies
  • In my humble opinion: The constant low volume manipulation of BLDP indicates bigger players are accumulating and taking advantage of retail owners stop loss orders. A very good sign of a positive future for this company. Patience will pay off big. They see what we see. We will be doing very well by 2018.
  • https://www.trucks.com/2017/06/26/nikola-electric-truck-redesign/

    Nikola Tweaks Hydrogen Truck Design, Raises Funding | Trucks.com
    Salt Lake City start-up Nikola plans summer announcements about customers, fueling locations and production for its hydrogen fuel cell electric semi-truck.
    www.trucks.com
  • Ballard is hiring a production engineer to oversee production scale-up at Burnbary plant. Sounds like some sales being made. I expect a nice earnings report at the end of July. "The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting process owners in roll-to-roll coating development and production scale-up in support of Ballard’s MEA manufacturing". -From Ballards web site.
  • Just wanted to clarify something with blue peto,
    back a couple of months ago I was kind of busy with other stuff but I posted a concept about a thermometer and a glass of ice water saying that the water would remain at the same temperature until all the ice was melted, I noted that you had posted a snarky remark about simplicity being irrelevant or something of that nature but I didn't have time to respond.
    Today I'm here to say to you that that concept is totally relevant and is exactly what is happening on our planet, in fact, one of the initial signs of change was the retreat of glaciers when there was only a very subtle change in temperature, this was one of the big signs signaling change that initiated much of the questioning leading up to the concept of CC/GW, something not to be taken lightly.
  • Just bought back in for the long haul. FCEL probably won't make it, wrong technology wrong application. BLDP will make it for opposite reasons. Elon M does not like fool cells, that said, there is room for both electric and hydrogen economy. Weather too unstable. Governments will be forced to invest more in renewable and clean technologies and abandon oil or face world wide civil war. BLDP needs to up mfg ASAP to get unit cost down. BLDP should also invest in hydrogen infrastructure or be bought out by someone who is in this space. cha ching.
  • Here is an interesting article everyone here should read. It tells the story of Aquion Energy, a startup stationary battery company that by all rights should have been successful but was recently forced to declare bankruptcy. The story here is similar to the saga of thin film PV that played out a decade ago. Thin film PV should have been structurally cheaper to produce than the incumbent silicon wafer PV technology, but it was always playing catch up because silicon wafer technology benefited from what one study calls the generalized Moore's Law, where some manufacturing technologies benefit from a predictable annual decline in production cost. With the exception of First Solar, thin film PV could never quite catch up with the cost of silicon wafer PV and so they inevitably went out of business. Lithium Ion batteries are also a beneficiary of this generalized Moore's Law, and their prices are rapidly dropping. Just like many thin film PV company before, Aquion Energy, though it should be lower cost than Lithium Ion, all things being equal, simply could not compete with the ever falling costs of the incumbent.

    I mention this because hydrogen and fuel cells are also competing head-to-head with Lithium Ion batteries in many markets. Think of light duty vehicles. In 2010, the FCEV looked to be only 5 years behind the BEV, yet today it is at least 10 years behind and if anything, set to fall even further behind every year from now to at least 10 more years out. The makers of fuel cells are better off setting their sights on markets that even with lower costs, lithium-ion batteries have a harder time to contend in. That is, they should hold back on light duty and short haul vehicles and stationary storage and focus more on long haul heavy duty vehicles.

    https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608059/why-bad-things-happen-to-clean-energy-startups/

    Lithium-ion isn’t the holy grail for grid storage—and may undercut more promising approaches
    New technologies for storing power from wind and solar farms will be key to a clean-energy future. But Aquion Energy’s recent bankruptcy shows the market challenge of making that happen.
    www.technologyreview.com
  • There are 260 refuelling stations currently in operation, with that count expected to skyrocket to 3,500 by 2025. Germany plans to extend its installed base of around 25 stations to 400 by 2025, when the number of FCVs is anticipated to top 300,000 in the European country.
    https://www.gasworld.com/germany-in-hydrogen-fuel-quality-scheme/2013054.article

    Germany in hydrogen fuel quality scheme
    Scientists at two major German research institutes are extending their analysis laboratories under a new hydrogen (H2) fuel quality assurance scheme.
    www.gasworld.com
  • https://www.aulro.com/afvb/general-chat/241306-big-storm-no-power-sa-96.html
    Dozens of reports are available on the ecological impact of lithium mining. Unfortunately, many of them are influenced by the perspective of the organizations or authors releasing them. Reducing the available information to studies carried out by government bodies and research institutes around the world, a picture emerges nonetheless:

    Elemental lithium is flammable and very reactive. In nature, lithium occurs in compounded forms such as lithium carbonate requiring chemical processing to be made usable.
    Lithium is typically found in salt flats in areas where water is scarce. The mining process of lithium uses large amounts of water. Therefore, on top of water contamination as a result of its use, depletion or transportation costs are issues to be dealt with. Depletion results in less available water for local populations, flora and fauna.
    Toxic chemicals are used for leaching purposes, chemicals requiring waste treatment. There are widespread concerns of improper handling and spills, like in other mining operations around the world.
    The recovery rate of lithium ion batteries, even in first world countries, is in the single digit percent range. Most batteries end up in landfill.
    In a 2013 report, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) points out that nickel and cobalt, both also used in the production of lithium ion batteries, represent significant additional environmental risks.
    A 2012 study titled �Science for Environment Policy� published by the European Union compares lithium ion batteries to other types of batteries available (lead-acid, nickel-cadmium, nickel-metal-hydride and sodium sulphur). It concludes that lithium ion batteries have the largest impact on metal depletion, suggesting that recycling is complicated. Lithium ion batteries are also, together with nickel-metal-hydride batteries, the most energy consuming technologies using the equivalent of 1.6kg of oil per kg of battery produced. They also ranked the worst in greenhouse gas emissions with up to 12.5kg of CO2 equivalent emitted per kg of battery. The authors do point out that ��for a full understanding of life cycle impacts, further aspects of battery use need to be considered, such as length of usage, performance at different temperatures, and ability to discharge quickly.�

    Technology will of course improve, lithium supplies will be sufficient for the foreseeable future, and recycling rates will climb. Other issues like the migration of aging cars and electronic devices to countries with less developed infrastructures will, however, remain. As will the reality of lithium mining and processing. It is therefore conceivable that new battery technologies (sea water batteries or the nano-flowcell, for instance) will gain more importance in years to come, as will hydrogen fuel cells.

  • The French equipment manufacturer Plastic Omnium will invest 100 million euros in fuel cell technology. The Lyonese want to seize the opportunity of growth related to the design and manufacture of tanks for hydrogen vehicles.

    https://theqtimes.com/plastic-omnium-the-hydrogen-car-as-a-growth-relay/13684

  • http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/0625/c90000-9232934.html

    China's longest UHV power transmission line enters operation - People's Daily Online
    An ultra-high voltage direct current (UHVDC) power transmission line has officially entered operat
    en.people.cn
  • http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1111165_hyundai-targets-1400-units-a-year-of-next-gen-fuel-cell-vehicle-report

    Hyundai targets 1,400 units a year of next-gen fuel-cell vehicle: report
    It's public knowledge that Hyundai plans to replace its aging Tucson Fuel Cell utility vehicle with an all-new hydrogen-powered vehicle, and that it has big plans for the future. The Korean automaker showcased the FE Fuel Cell concept in March to pro
    www.greencarreports.com
  • Long overdue for news out of EU. Come on daddy needs a 100 buses.
  • the first implementation of Proterra’s battery-lease financing model—i.e.,. buy the bus, lease the battery.- enables agencies to purchase electric buses at approximately the same price or less than fossil fuel-based alternatives. - Proterra is responsible for the performance of the batteries through the life of the lease, removing operator risk.
    http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/06/20170623-proterra.html

    Green Car Congress: Park City Transit deploying six Proterra electric buses; battery-lease financing model
    Online news, features and analysis
    www.greencarcongress.com