Impact of 3D Printing on Sustainability

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Most recently, 3D printing has entered the public conversation because of its impact on gun legislation. Gun rights advocates have used the posting a YouTube video showing the firing of a semi-automatic assault rifle, which was fabricated using 3D printing as a rationale for opposing new gun laws. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, the …

Will H2USA prepare US for Life after Secretary Chu

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Advocates for hydrogen convergence have been critical of the Obama Administration’s energy policies after Secretary Chu proposed defunding hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Many of these advocates have withheld their opinions on an Obama second term until there was some sign of support for American hydrogen innovation. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, a new program …

10 million Euros for low-pressure Hydrogen Convergence

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Traditionally, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles have required high-pressure compressed hydrogen storage systems. And this meant outlays for very expensive high-pressure hydrogen infrastructure to fuel them. However, McPhy Energy has just announced that it closed a 10 million Euros (i.e. 13.2 million dollars) round of funding. This means that there is a commercial market for low-pressure …

An Opportunity for Hydrogen Energy Storage

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A lot of very serious people like to talk about energy storage as a reason to fund more research on next-generation battery systems. Many of these people tend to confuse non-rechargeable batteries with rechargeable batteries. They don’t tend to connect battery power with energy production. Unfortunately, they see batteries as a magic device that delivers …

DOE uncovers Opportunities in Fuel Cell Buses

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A lot of very serious people who read this new report on the current status of hydrogen fuel cell buses will see another reason why America shouldn’t invest in hydrogen convergence. They will read the main conclusion that fuel cell buses will cost twice as much to operate and declare the debate over. For those …

Impact of Connected Vehicles on Hydrogen Convergence

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There are a lot of good reasons for those tasked with supporting sustainability to follow the development of connected vehicles (i.e. cars that support Internet access and internal local networks).  Many of you live in cities that could use the bump in infrastructure capacity and cost avoidance that these vehicles would enable. Others live in …

Introducing low-pressure Hydrogen Convergence

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A lot of very serious people like to talk about the cost of deploying hydrogen infrastructure. They go on at length about why America can’t afford to invest in any new infrastructure given the state of current international markets. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, a bigger infrastructure challenge has been the move from low-pressure …

Why is Cobalt key to Hydrogen Convergence?

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A lot of very serious people cite “cost” as the major impediment to hydrogen convergence. The topline issue is the cost of associated with deploying the number of hydrogen filling stations needed to serve the current car driving public. However, the second issue is the amount of platinum used in electrolyzers to produce hydrogen fuel …

Looking to Local Motors for Hydrogen Convergence

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A lot of very serious people are questioning the market potential of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles because of the lack of hydrogen infrastructure assets in the United States. In fact, the majority of these very learned people would give up before most communities even get started. However, this is not an option for those tasked …

Mackie’s of Scotland vision of Hydrogen Convergence

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According to the Power Engineering website, Mackie’s of Scotland is investigating using surplus energy from wind turbines to produce and store hydrogen. Back in May, Mackie’s of Scotland announced plans to exclusively run its operations on renewable energy resources. The Power Engineering story goes on to say that “Maitland Mackie firmly believes his vision can …