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 …

The First Act of Hydrogen Convergence

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A lot of our readers like to ask where did the hydrogen convergence framework come from. The answer is that the initial spark came from an event organized and moderated by members of the ebTDesign Forum for the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) in March of 2005. The NVTC event was called, “E-Business in the …

Why Ocean Energy needs Hydrogen Convergence to Survive

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According to NPR affiliate KPLU, support for ocean energy is making a comeback in the United States Congress. You would be well-advised to look under the hood of any offshore project that doesn’t include hydrogen convergence. Producing electricity from ocean energy (i.e. offshore wind or wave energy) assets might satisfy some long obsolete view of …

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 …

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 …

Could Hydrogen Convergence save the Ethanol Industry?

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Since the food crisis last year, ethanol and other biofuels have been under assault by a number of very important organizations like the G-20 and the United States Senate. While bio-ethanol advocates have held their ground, it goes with saying that much of the luster has rubbed off. There may still be hope for the …

JOBS Dilemma: A Referendum on the Future

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There has been an uproar over remarks made by President Barack Obama this weekend on the need to stop grumbling about what could have been. This leads many mainstream commentators to mischaracterize the 2012 United States Presidential Election as referendum on President Obama. We at the ebTDesign Forum suggest you and your peers consider the …

Time to explore Hydrogen as a Hyperlocal Energy Source

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The world has gotten smaller and more integrated post-Globalization but economic success may depend on the capacity to offer hyperlocal solutions. Internet technology has made it very easy for information to move around the world. However, that same technology makes it easy for local merchants to offer special discounts for those passing through their community. …

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 …

Hydrogen from Enhanced Microbial Electrolysis, Just Add Saltwater

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Given the world’s growing water crisis, confounders are quick to point out the dangers of clean hydrogen production from electrolysis. Professor Bruce Logan and Post-Doc Younggy Kim (i.e. researchers at Penn State) have developed a hydrogen convergence process that solves many of the known challenges. Their solution “extracts energy from the ionic differences between salt …