Bridging Different Interests I always enjoy learning about people whose careers take unexpected turns, so I was delighted to read a story in an MIT publication about a nuclear engineering major who is now the poet laureate of Hawaii. When I was much younger, I dabbled in poetry myself. Although nothing ever came of it […]
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Almost synonymous with the term “peak oil” is M. King Hubbert, perhaps the foremost geophysicist of the 20th century, who first theorized about the eventual decline of oil production in the 1930s. His life has now been chronicled by science writer Mason Inman in a new biography entitled The Oracle of Oil. Depending upon whom […]
Now that hydrogen fuel cell buses have become more commonplace, I need to ask the question where are all of the hydrogen fuel cell school buses? One of the many advantages of traditional hydrogen fuel cell passenger buses (besides being greener running and involving less maintenance) is that they are before the public eye and […]
I am now convinced the GMO industry has managed to hire the worst public relations strategists in human history. By supporting a deeply flawed GMO labeling bill in the U.S. Congress–some would say intentionally deeply flawed–the industry is about to open a Pandora’s Box of PR nightmares for years to come. First, a little background. […]
In the past few weeks, two major stories broken about the use of ethanol to power fuel cells. Does this mean that ethanol plus FCEVs will take over the market? On June 14, 2016, Nissan announced that they were developing a Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC) vehicle that runs on bio-ethanol (see picture at top). According […]
Tata Motors has developed a 30-seat hydrogen fuel cell bus for the street of India. The bus has roof-mounted hydrogen cylinders, 114 hp fuel cells and lithium ion batteries for energy storage. According to Tata Motors (the 4th largest bus manufacturer in the world), the advantages of this FC bus include: Gasoline engines in conventional […]
I am taking a break for the Independence Day holiday weekend. I expect to post again on Sunday, July 10.
In May 2006, I had talked about how hydrogen fuel cell plugin hybrid vehicles may be the best option going forward. As recently as November 2015, I had asked Toyota to develop a Plugin H2 FCEV. Well, this month Mercedes has announced that their hydrogen-powered GLC F-Cell FCEV Plugin SUV will be available for commercial […]
The fretting in the financial markets after Great Britain’s voters narrowly decided to leave the European Union (EU), a move dubbed Brexit, was less about immediate effects–there aren’t any since it would take Britain up to two years to withdraw–and more about a foreboding that other countries will want out, too. In addition, some think […]
Another Step Forward The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has just announced the appointment of 4 new members of its Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS). They are: Margaret Sze-Tai Chu, Walter Kirchner, Jose March-Leuba, and Matthew Sunseri. Their bios can be found in the above NRC news release and will not be repeated here. What is […]