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 …

Sustainability provides New Opportunities for Small Fleet Owners

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Enabling economic sustainability in the United States will create new demand for small business owners. Techno economic change based on sustainability needs to start at the grassroots level. The reason is because disruptive innovation requires new businesses that can make a meal on small cost structures. Incumbents are wedded to their cost structures and it’s …

Bringing Open-Source Hydrogen Convergence on Campus

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There is a lot of hydrogen convergence going on in university labs but little of that research is available to the general student population. Historically, innovation is really about proximity. When young people are able to play with the technology without judgment they come up with solutions to both the big problems and the little-known …

Horizon Fuel Cell previews UK-based Disruptive Innovation Strategy

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One of the things missing from the hydrogen convergence movement has been the emergence of new technology companies. Generally speaking, disruptive movements are characterized by massive amounts of creative destruction perpetrated by new players on incumbent companies. Horizon Fuel Cell is one of the most promising young companies that fits neatly into the game changer …

Preparing for National County Government Month in April

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National County Government Month will provide a platform for recognizing the contributions that County governments make to the overall health and welfare of the United States Economy. We at the ebTDesign Forum encourage you and your peers to active support events in your area. Healthy county governments have always been essential to the practice of …

The Japanese understand the Value of a by-Product Economy

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A couple of stories from Japan surfaced last week that shows they understand that the next economic era may be based on by-products. The first is that the Japanese have started a three year program which will reuse and/or repurpose hydrogen from oil refineries. Hydrogen is used to increase octane in gasoline. The second story …

Government Funded Research and Hydrogen Convergence Success

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The success of hydrogen convergence is not an issue of R&D funding or innovation in general. More research funding would be great. Additional funding from the other members of the Interagency Working Group (IWG) for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells besides the DOE would be better. However, the real problem is with the choice of the …

Impact on Hydrogen Convergence of Wealth Shifting away from OECD Countries

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Most working and middle class Americans don’t know the difference between one large company and another transnational corporation. And many local officials are more than willing to risk the economic future of their local communities and even their entire regions on the hope of attracting one of these transnational giants. This may change in November …

Attracting Partners for the Hydrogen Convergence Cause

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Many readers of the ebTDesign Forum and twitter followers have asked why spend so much time posting individual hydrogen convergence blog segments on LinkedIn and twitter.com. Why not simply partner with the National Hydrogen Association or the California Fuel Cell Partnership or even the Department of Energy (DOE). The answer is they are not decentralized …

Using Industry Cluster Empowerment for Hydrogen Convergence

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We at the ebTDesign Forum have been talking to all the major automakers this summer about when they are going to introduce hydrogen cars. They committed to the United States Congress that they would be ready for mass production of hydrogen cars by 2015. But they are starting to coalesce around the potential of limited …