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Anybody ever hear of Rentech? USA company who claims an already improved F-T process?
I can only wonder if Beacon Energy flywheel systems were considered for this role and order. Cleaner, probably cheaper and longer lived. Alas with Beacon's bankruptcy just before they started serious revenue generation who knows?
I own one of the new design Honda cbr250's produced in Thailand and can only say it is scintillating. Easy to ride, fun to ride and all the modern design and engineering bits and pieces. I can only hope the Honda does amp up their offerings made in South East Asia!
Different shades of the same way to solve a problem-- see Altair Nanotechnology's similar solution now several years old and in production.
Interesting but hardly new. Want to fix environmental concerns? Slow steam- and I do mean slow steam ie 18 knots not 21. Serve more ports directly than via rail and via truck as today( unique to North America the cargo costs are higher inland than they are on the ships). Want to fix reliability? Most customers won't pay the premium but will promise they will support carriers if carriers spend hugely to obtain it. If your supply line is 49 days long what does 1 or 3 days truly matter unless you are out of material. Ease of business is really important- most customers want to be able to make costly mistakes and push them off onto carriers( and they do all the time) UPS has a system that carriers must emulate but don't.
This is not too bright- why not a 2 stroke internal combustion piston direct injection system- the old FICHT system that OMC used would a perfect solution assuming it could handle heavier fuels.
More of the same nonesense. There is no more efficient, fair and quicker acting solution to our outrageous petroleum habit than taxing the hell out of gas and diesel used by private non commercial vehicles. Until we have a serious national dialog uncorrupted by big oil, big auto and big aviation, we won't get there and the result will be much more painful than it could be .
Ok, The reason these ships will never hit the USA or North American Ports is due to port stay limitations. The Asia/Europe route is perfect for huge ships due to the much bigger Suez Canal and the ability to load and discharge large but not huge numbers of containers at many ports. If you ran them between Yokohama and LongBeach, both of which physically could accomodate them, you end up having the ship in port for 4 -6 days discharging and loading containers as you have to completely cycle the entire carrying capacity of the ship( 9000 forty foot units). The ship is not making any money for anyone in port....but even allowing for 7 cranes all out working the ship, you can't handle all the loads in less than 4 days- so use them between Europe and Asia where they will be much more efficient!
I don't think there is too much new here--check out altairnano's titanate cathode or anode coatings--these allow an incredibly fast charge without apparent heat overload--or so they claim--welcome comments!
EJJ, actually Walmart did try to take a role in shipping 3 -4 years ago reportedly with financial support or at least a very heavy commitment of support for a new start up container line with all chartered ships- they did not repeat the experiment, I guess because they found container shipping was not quite so easy as they thought.
Would be nice if this stockmarket underperformer would start to dance a little...the only safe from thermal runaway battery and one that lends itself to large format batteries somehow still gets smacked over by a123 et al.
I checked the EPA raings for this engine in a Forester with manual transmission- guess what? no meaningful improvement 2011 vs 2010. Where's the 10 % improvement???
The VW press release says nothing of whether this was on a track or actual open roads, nor does it mention the average speed. If you drive a car at a constant economical speed, higher than EPA/euro numbers are always acheivable. So the question is: what average speed?.
This concept is nothing new! In the mid 1970's Evinrude and Johson 2 stroke outboard motors were able to go from 3 rings to 2 by using what they patented as "pressure back rings". They were more or less triangular with the ring being forced outward slightly on the compression /down stroke. They were effective and reliable.
I agree that this is an excellent field for an 'X" prize. At the same time I'm wondering if any of these ' experts' have looked at the state of the battery art today? Altairnano has a titanium nano deposition process that enables extremely high rates of charge--wonder if they could improve it with a few million bucks here or there?
No surprise and please take note that rapidly developing India, like China is also producing items for export to the USA- thus we have largely outsourced our pollution including GHG's.
So what? Valence Tech has large format batteries today that can be air shipped( ie no spontaneous/runaway combustion risk. Also the titanate coating is sounding like something Altair Technologies has long produced( in Altair's case it permits very fast recharging). It's disappointing to see North American companies lose the R and D edge--their innovations in the lithium ion battery field seem to be sidestepped every time...
Rule number 1 is nobody should get hurt around the sleek airliners. -no argument Rule number 2 is broad brush ban is inefficient and possibly counterproductive- I hope that Valence Tech's batteries are given an exemption due to their demonstrated lack of hazard... judging from the weak marketing that Valence does, I'll bet they are not even aware of this potential rule change.