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 …

Turnover may end Hydrogen Convergence at London Olympics

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London’s hydrogen fuel cell buses will not be in service during this year’s Olympic Games. The reason is because of maintenance problems associated with engineering staff turnover. Confounders and electric vehicle enthusiasts will say that this proves that hydrogen fuel cell vehicles aren’t ready for prime time. However, you and your peers may want to …

Yorkshire Ambulance Service field tests Direct Methane Fuel Cells

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The ebTDesign Forum published, back in November, a blog segment on the potential benefits of deploying hydrogen fuel cell ambulances. According to businessGreen.com, Yorkshire Ambulance Service is testing the use of direct methanol fuel cells in providing auxiliary power while the internal combustion engine is turned off. Some hydrogen convergence advocates see this as a …

The Fallacy of High Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Costs

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Extremely high cost of acquisition is one of the most successful dinosaur attacks that confounders routinely use against the advancement of hydrogen convergence. The fallacy of this attack is that it is based on the belief that leasing is an unacceptable means of vehicle acquisition. The answer is to make the case for early investment …

Hyundai confirms 1st Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Production Run

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It was just a matter of time before a second car maker would start hydrogen fuel cell production lines. According to Jae Young Shim, a senior research engineer, Hyundai has set a date for limited production next year (i.e. just in time for the 2012 Olympics). Hyundai joins Mercedes-Benz which has already started to lease …

What does the End of Long-Haul mean for Hydrogen Convergence?

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The potential for hydrogen fuel cell trucking improves as truck load carriers exit or outsource the last mile. We at the ebTDesign Forum suggest that this shift will be the main driver of hydrogen convergence. For too long hydrogen advocates have ignored the impact of private hydrogen filling stations. Even though, companies have shown a …

Lawmakers in Europe take the Hydrogen Challenge

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Yesterday, the European Commission (EC) announced their plan to use the Hyundai ix35 hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in real world demonstrations. This announcement is in support of the EC backed program called the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU). We suggest you and your peers think of it as an EC version of …

Why hosting 2012 Olympic Offset Parties makes Sense

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Last month, the London 2012 Olympic Organizers dropped their plan to buy certified carbon credits to partially offset the carbon emissions that will be produced by holding the sporting events and other festivities. The organizers chose to reduce the carbon emissions at the source by changing behaviors rather than buying a “get out of jail …

Good News for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Bad for SOFC Cars

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The Senate has recently released its plans for 2012 hydrogen convergence funding. According to the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA), the Senate is proposing essentially meeting the funding levels requested by the Obama Administration. It also recommends that more money be directed at hydrogen convergence efforts like hydrogen infrastructure development. This report by …

Starting with European Mobility Week en route to London Olympics

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As you and your peers may have noticed, what happens in Europe doesn’t just stay in Europe. Post-Globalization, world economies and financial systems are fully integrated. Hopefully, this will also hold true for the European Mobility Week September 16-22. This event will engage citizens of the EU in activities that stress the importance of public …