World Economic Forum speaks out for University Reform

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This morning, the World Economic Forum issued a press release calling for university reform that will ensure that a college education will reflect the current job market. On the surface, this makes all the sense in the world. On the other hand, you and your peers may ask what happens when you have a techno …

Finding Hydrogen Convergence on Pinterest

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If you haven’t had an opportunity to experience Pinterest, we at the ebTDesign Forum suggest that it would be well worth your time. As you know, we at the ebTDesign Forum are always looking for opportunities to keep the conversation going. So, we decided to take the plunge and set up a Pinterest account. And …

The Ugly Truth about Battery Electric Vehicles (EV)

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As published this weekend, battery electric vehicles (EV) have the economic utility of a sports car without the range. Now Reuters is reporting that they don’t make sense from the automaker’s point of view either. Hybrid vehicles have never been really very popular and GM’s Chevy Volt is no exception. No news there. But, what’s …

Are you ready for the European Hydrogen Road Tour?

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Some of you may be fans of the Tour de France but here at the ebTDesign Forum, we are fans of hydrogen road tours. The latest one will kick off on Thursday in Europe and run through nine major cities. The European Hydrogen Road Tour will feature seven hydrogen fuel cell vehicles from Daimler, Honda, …

Ecole Water’s wind-powered Hydrogen Convergence

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For those tasked with supporting sustainability, dealing with the embedded-water issue is a major design concern. You just can’t get away from the energy-water nexus, which is the fact that water is used to produce energy and it takes energy to move water to where it’s needed. The solution to this dilemma for lesser industrialized …

Why Recruit Women as Hydrogen Convergence Advocates?

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A lot of very serious people like to talk about the causes of the “Internet Bust” or Internet slow down. These so-called gurus like to point to over-investment in infrastructure and the age of those that ran the management teams. However, you and your peers may want to consider the lack of participation by women …

Viking Lady takes Hydrogen Convergence to Sea

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In December of 2009, we at the ebTDesign Forum started talking about the opportunity to replace bunker fuels with hydrogen and fuel cells. For the record, bunker fuel is literally the bottom of the barrel after the fractional distillation process boils off propane, gasoline and jet fuel. Apparently, the international bunker fuel industry had a …

Documenting Sec. Chu’s Sustainability Legacy

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A lot of very serious people will look back on Secretary Chu’s tenure at the Department of Energy with fondness. He championed the cause for advanced battery development and tried to usher in a nuclear power renaissance. On the other hand, Fuel Cell Today’s new report tells a very different story about the effectiveness of …

Joining the debate over the Sustainability of Biopolymers

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You and your peers should always beware of ongoing debates over sustainability, especially during the US Presidential Campaign Season. As young professionals, the reason is because your careers could depend on it. Gone are the days when the public can assume that lawmakers and other very serious people will first do no harm. In most …

Hydrogen Convergence trumps Battery Performance

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The hydrogen fuel cell vehicle advantages over battery electric vehicles (EV) are generally predicated on range issues. In this blog segment, we would like to consider the durability of hydrogen fuel cells versus either lead-acid or lithium-ion batteries. Simply put, batteries always die and must be disposed of by consumers. And new batteries must be …