British Columbia investing in Hydrogen Fuel Cell Shipping

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Recently, we at the ebTDesign Forum published a blog segment on the quest by the government in British Columbia to become the world center for hydrogen convergence. This time it’s the Minister of Western Economic Diversification in Canada announcing investment in hydrogen fuel cell shipping at the University of Victoria. In May, the International Marine …

When Battery Electric Vehicles (EV) Attack: Threat to Local Grids

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Finally, a state acknowledges the threat posed by battery electric vehicles (EV) to the nation’s power grid. According to the sfgate.com, “the California Public Utilities Commission told the state’s utility companies to coordinate with automakers.” The state of California is concerned that EV Clusters will undermine the integrity of local power grids. As you know, …

Understanding the JOBS (Jobs or Business Security) Dilemma

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Contrary to what was said during the debate over raising the debt ceiling, the United States doesn’t have a spending problem. It has a JOBS dilemma just like all of the other fully industrialized countries of the world. This is a constant tug of war between creating jobs which is good for the host country …

Refocusing Washington on Hydrogen Convergence JOBS

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Without Congressional attention, America could very easily become a third-tier hydrogen convergence market. At the same time that Dan Akerson, GM’s Chairman and CEO, announces that hydrogen fuel cell vehicles won’t be viable until 2020. Opel, GM’s German subsidiary, launches aggressive plans to introduce its “flagship” hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in 2016. Furthermore, Bristol UK …

Key Player at Carbon Trust Joins Hydrogen Convergence Movement

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Dr Robert Trezona, Director of Technology at the Carbon Trust, announced yesterday that he supports hydrogen convergence for the United Kingdom. Dr. Trezona has a long history of research and development with hydrogen fuel cell technologies. We at the ebTDesign Forum suggest that you view this announcement as an example of the UK Government trying …

Understanding the SC Hydrogen Convergence Gold Rush

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Since the Department of Energy (DOE) is so hostile to the ongoing research and development of hydrogen fuel cells, states are stepping up to the hydrogen convergence challenge and putting America on a more entrepreneurial footing. No state does it better than South Carolina according to the Fuel Cells 2000 annual report [PDF] on the …

What does Bristol’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell Ferry say about UK efforts?

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Last week, Bristol Hydrogen Boats won the inaugural SustainableShipping.com Environmental Innovation of the Year Award. The award was given based on the work being done in preparation for the launch of the hydrogen fuel cell ferry service in September. This award is just one more example why the North Sea Alliance is a region to …

Combining OnStar and Grid IQ for Hydrogen Convergence

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If you and your peers are building a case for early investment in hydrogen convergence, we at the ebTDesign Forum suggest that you look at the GM and GE partnership. According to Pike Research, they are combining GM’s OnStar with GE’s Grid IQ Demand Optimization System. As reported, the resulting applications would result in a …

Shipping Industry needs a Hydrogen Convergence Colony

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Recently, members of the International Marine Organization (IMO) agreed to mandatory reductions in greenhouse gas emissions for ships 400 gross tons and above starting in 2013. According to NewScientist.com, this means that new ships above 400 tons delivered after 2015 must improve their energy efficiency by 10% and 30% by 2024. You and your peers …

Does the DOE and the DOD Fuel Cell Partnership Change Anything?

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The twitterverse is all a buzz about the announcement of a joint venture involving the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Defense (DOD). There are glowing headlines trumpeting the change this press release portends. However, we at the ebTDesign Forum are not so sure that anything has changed at the Department of Energy. …