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Hydrogen fuel cell four-seater passenger plane takes to the air

New Atlas.com by Paul Ridden 9/29/16

A collaboration of aircraft makers, fuel cell developers and university engineers have come a step closer to zero emission passenger flights with the first flight of a hydrogen fuel cell four-seater electric aircraft. The twin-cabin, (relatively) low-noise HY4 took off at 11:15 am (local) today for a quick zip around Stuttgart Airport.

Four low temperature Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cell modules sit behind the 80 kW electric motor and single propeller(Credit: DLR)

The HY4's 21.36 m (70 ft) wing is home to the HY4's central single propeller with a two-seater fuselage on either side, a design that's said to allow for "optimal distribution of the drive components and a higher total loading capacity." Each fuselage is home to a 9 kg (20 lb) hydrogen storage tank that feeds the four low temperature Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cell modules sat behind the prop. These cells convert hydrogen and oxygen into water and electrical energy.

The developers are keen to point out that should the hydrogen needed for the fuel cells be produced using renewable energy, the aircraft would fly completely emission-free – though there was no mention of where the fuel was sourced for today's test flight.

The cells continuously power the aircraft's electric motor during flight, while 21 kWh lithium polymer battery packs help out during take-off and climb. The HY4 is reckoned capable of a maximum range of 1,500 km (930 mi), though this will depend on speed, altitude and load. It's 80 kW electric motor is said to make a maximum speed of around 200 km/h (124 mph) possible, with a cruising speed given as 145 km/h (90 mph)...snip
Read More: http://newatlas.com/hy4-hydrogen-fuel-cell-passenger-plane-test-flight/45687/

In der Luft ist Wasserstoff Nummer eins

Posted by nationalize the fed | Thu Sep 29, 2016, 05:01 PM (1 replies)

Public to get new $83-billion bill for Fukushima, reactor expenses

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN September 21, 2016

The government plans to make the public pay an additional 8.3 trillion yen (about $83 billion) to decommission reactors at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant and provide compensation for evacuees of the 2011 disaster, sources said...snip

...Even people in the ruling coalition and the government are criticizing the plan as an attempt to ease the burden of utilities that had long held regional monopolies...

...The costs to decommission the reactors at the Fukushima plant are expected to soar to 6 trillion yen from the current estimate of 2 trillion yen, according to in-house documents of the industry ministry.

The ministry also needs an additional 3 trillion yen to cover compensation payments for evacuees from the 2011 nuclear disaster and 1.3 trillion yen to decommission reactors of other nuclear plants in the future, according to the documents...snip
Read More: http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201609210045.html

Posted by nationalize the fed | Thu Sep 29, 2016, 07:10 AM (1 replies)

Ohio: Hydrogen fuel cell buses joining Stark Area Regional Transit Authority

By John Funk, The Plain Dealer 9/27/16

CANTON -- The cleanest city buses in the state are about to begin rolling here. They will be powered by 150,000-watt fuel cells, and the only thing they will emit is water.

The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority, or SARTA, is about to roll out a fleet of 10 of these zero-emission vehicles. Fuel cells combine on-board hydrogen -- stored on the roof of the vehicle -- with oxygen from the air to generate electricity...snip

...The bus fleet -- which will be the third largest fuel cell fleet in the nation -- represent Ohio's manufacturing future, a future in which fuel cells will power automobiles as well as mass transit vehicles...snip

..."This is Ohio technology. This research is being done here in the public and private sectors that will lead to not only a cleaner transportation future but also to great jobs," he said...snip
Read More: http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2016/09/hydrogen_fuel_cell_buses_joini.html

Hydrogen = Jobs
Posted by nationalize the fed | Tue Sep 27, 2016, 04:17 PM (14 replies)

NatGeo: Building the world's largest solar power plant (India)

The Economic Times 9/21/16

CHENNAI/NEW DELHI: Adani Green Energy, part of the Adani Group, today said it has dedicated to the nation the world's largest 648-mw solar power plant in Tamil Nadu entailing an investment of Rs 4,550 crore.

The solar power plant, producing 648 mw at a single location, was formally dedicated to the nation, a company statement said.

"The plant is set up at Kamuthi, Ramanathapuram, in Tamil Nadu with an investment of Rs 4,550 crore. It is part of the state government's ambitious target of generating 3,000 mw as per the solar energy policy unveiled by the government in 2012," it said.

The entire 648-mw plant is now connected with Kamuthi 400 kv sub-station of Tantransco, making it the world's largest solar unit at a single location, it said.

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Posted by nationalize the fed | Fri Sep 23, 2016, 04:10 PM (1 replies)

Adani unveils world's largest (648 mW) solar power plant in Tamil Nadu, India (Video)

The Economic Times 9/21/16

CHENNAI/NEW DELHI: Adani Green Energy, part of the Adani Group, today said it has dedicated to the nation the world's largest 648-mw solar power plant in Tamil Nadu entailing an investment of Rs 4,550 crore.

The solar power plant, producing 648 mw at a single location, was formally dedicated to the nation, a company statement said.

"The plant is set up at Kamuthi, Ramanathapuram, in Tamil Nadu with an investment of Rs 4,550 crore. It is part of the state government's ambitious target of generating 3,000 mw as per the solar energy policy unveiled by the government in 2012," it said.

The entire 648-mw plant is now connected with Kamuthi 400 kv sub-station of Tantransco, making it the world's largest solar unit at a single location, it said.

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National Geographic Megastructures featuring Adani’s Solar Power Plant

Sep 16, 2016: World’s largest single location solar power plant with a capacity of 648 MW of energy, having over 25 lakh solar modules installed and spread across 2500 acres of land.

Watch the full episode of National Geographic's Megastructures to get a peek into how Adani makes use of this renewable source of energy at World’s largest Solar Power Plant at Kamuthi, Tamil Nadu.
Posted by nationalize the fed | Fri Sep 23, 2016, 04:05 PM (2 replies)

World's first zero-emission hydrogen passenger train to go into service in Germany

Germany is set to host the world's first zero-emission, hydrogen passenger train when it gets into gear next year.

The Local.de : 20 Sep 2016

The hydrogen, or hydrail, train is set to run on the Buxtehude-Bremervörde-Bremerhaven-Cuxhaven line in Lower Saxony starting in December 2017, Die Welt reported on Tuesday.

The train - called the "Coradia iLint" - has been developed over the past two years by French company Alstom and was presented on Tuesday at the Berlin InnoTrans trade show.

Photo: Alstom press office

The hydrogen train operates using a hydrogen fuel tank, stored on the roof of the train, that in turn powers a fuel cell to produce electrical energy. This technology provides a new environmentally friendly alternative to the diesel trains that are still used across much of Germany.

“Alstom is proud to launch a breakthrough innovation in the field of clean transportation which will complete its Coradia range of regional trains," said Alstom chairman and CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge, in a statement...snip

... Engineers have been developing ‘hydrail’ technology for the last 15 years, but mostly with freight trains.

In 2006, the East Japan Railway Company gave the first test run for a hydrail railcar. And in 2015, a Chinese company introduced the first hydrail tram...snip
Read More: http://www.thelocal.de/20160920/first-alstom-hydrogen-train-at-berlin-innotrans-tradeshow

Comment by moon-worshiper on Reddit:

The more informative aspect of this news is who is making the Locomotive Motors? Plus Germany is now more advanced than the US and Japanese in powerful, affordable fuel cells. In the US, fuel cells have virtually no presence beyond NASA, where they are recognized as very high cost, because space. Japan introduced the first fuel cell Honda to the US several years ago. Those first ones cost $2 million and weighed a couple thousand more pounds than an equivalent gas compact. Honda is introducing the fuel cell car next year for $50,000 sticker. Things might change. The PEM (proton exchange membrane) with platinum catalyst is what was making fuel cells expensive, heavy, with a lot of waste heat.

A Fuel Cell Electric Locomotive is a big thing. It means it can transport container rail cars, which will decrease long haul trucks. This advancement from Germany is from their Type 212 submarine, a hybrid closed cycle diesel and fuel cell propulsion, both driving the propeller electric motors. Submarines can have a heavy propulsion system since they are meant to be negatively buoyant most of the time.

That is fantastic the Germans have kept refining the size and cost of fuel cells while increasing electric motor power and decreasing size. The submarine use has also given them extremely detailed information about cost to run and reliability. The reason fuel cell is different? It is an independent power source. And those submarines are traveling very long distances underwater, and silently.


in Deutschland, Wasserstoff und Brennstoffzellen sind die Zukunft

Posted by nationalize the fed | Wed Sep 21, 2016, 06:03 AM (0 replies)

Toyota is using sewage sludge to power its new electric car

Quartz.com by Taylor Wolford 9/20/16

Hydrogen fuel cell cars could help solve the global warming crisis, but nobody wants to buy them. Yoshikazu Tanaka, chief engineer of the Toyota Mirai, Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell car, calls it a “chicken or the egg” problem: no one wants to purchase hydrogen cars because there are no hydrogen fuel stations, and nobody wants to build hydrogen fuel stations because there are no hydrogen cars.


But Toyota thinks it may have found a solution. For unlimited clean energy, it’s turning to one of the dirtiest places there is: the toilet.

In Fukuoka, Japan, the automaker is converting human waste into hydrogen to fuel the Mirai. The process is pretty simple. At a wastewater treatment plant, like the Fukuoka City Central Water Processing Plant, sewage is separated into liquid and solid waste. The solid waste, called sewage sludge, is exactly what it sounds like: a foul-smelling, brown lump. Most sewage sludge is thrown in landfills...snip

...If Tanaka has his way, Japan and the U.S. will soon follow suit. Currently, the Fukuoka plant produces 300 kilograms of hydrogen per day, enough to fuel 65 Mirai vehicles, Tanaka says. If all the biogas produced by the plant were converted to hydrogen, that number would jump to 600 cars per day. It’s a far cry from enough to achieve his goal of a “hydrogen society” that has no need whatsoever for fossil fuels, but it’s a good first step. Ideally, the process would be implemented in a scaled-up fashion at the wastewater processing plants of the world’s biggest cities.

Using wastewater is arguably the greenest way to make hydrogen, especially for big cities, where there are a lot of people who produce a lot of sewage, and most of that sewage, after it’s been treated, is discarded...snip
Read More: http://qz.com/785654/toyota-is-using-sewage-sludge-to-power-its-new-electric-car/

Posted by nationalize the fed | Wed Sep 21, 2016, 05:11 AM (1 replies)

Fukushima in detail

This is the kind of reactor used in Unit 1
This is a General electric boiling water reactor or BWR-3 the 3 means it is the 3rd design but it considered to be a 1st generation reactor. The containment around the reactor is of the mark-1 design and has a distinctive light bulb shape with a torus around the bottom that serves as the wet well for holding extra cooling water and for condensing steam released by the reactor pressure vessel.

Unit-1 at Fukushima was a BWR-3 reactor in a Mk-1 containment started construction in 1969

Unit 2,3, 4 and 5 were a newer BWR-4 in a MK-1 containment and were built between 1969 and 1972

Unit 6 was a BWR-5 in a MK-2 containment that started construction in 1979.

This is a picture of the brown's ferry reactor in the USA, it is the same kind of reactor containment used in Units 1-5 of the Fukushima plant.

the Lid for the reactor can be seen on the bottom of the picture, in later pictures you will see the lid for the Fukushima plant.

The little people working on the thing are highlighted in red.

Fukushima Daiichi Administraive building
the Fukushima plant had survived major earthquakes before in the past and despite being a more powerful earthquake than the plant was designed to withstand things were stable.

Backup diesel generators supplied power for reactor cooling
In Fukushima outside power was lost when the earthquake damaged the ultra high voltage switchgear equipment sending power into the plant so backup diesel generators supplied power to coolant pumps to cool the reactor. Each reactor had it's own set of backup generators.

Many more images: http://imgur.com/gallery/LZ1Fm

Discussion: Just dropping in to say please feel free to ask me any technical questions about the design or operation of a GE BWR. I'm a licensed senior reactor operator for a BWR. https://www.reddit.com/r/energy/comments/531z0v/fukushima_in_detail/
Posted by nationalize the fed | Sun Sep 18, 2016, 06:43 PM (3 replies)

WSJ: In Fukushima, a Determination to Move Past Nuclear Power

Local governments are making progress on their goal of generating all of the prefecture’s power from renewable sources by 2040

Wall Street Journal | CASSANDRA SWEET | Sept. 13, 2016

IITATE, Japan—Many residents of Fukushima prefecture are still angry about the nuclear disaster five years ago that contaminated towns, farm fields and forests. But as the cleanup continues, local governments and some business owners here are channeling their frustration into something positive: clean-energy development.

Cattle farmer Minoru Kobayashi has built solar arrays on land that can’t be used for farming. PHOTO: CASSANDRA SWEET/THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Fukushima prefecture, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) north of Tokyo and roughly the size of Connecticut, was the site of the devastating meltdown of the Daiichi nuclear-power plant following an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. Since then, most of Japan’s 50-plus nuclear plants, which were shut down after the accident for a safety review, have remained off line.

Determined to move away from nuclear energy permanently, local governments in Fukushima, as well as some local entrepreneurs, have taken advantage of national subsidies and embraced solar and wind power. Even as Japan’s overall move toward renewables appears to be stalling amid resistance from utilities and cheap fossil-fuel imports, the prefecture has made progress on its goal of generating 100% of the power its residents use from green sources by 2040.

New solar, wind and geothermal power generators, combined with Fukushima’s already abundant supply of hydropower, have boosted the share of renewable energy in the prefecture’s total power supply to more than one-quarter from one-fifth in 2009. By comparison, renewables made up just 14% of Japan’s overall energy production in the year ended in March...snip

...Left with fields that couldn’t be used for farming, Mr. Kobayashi, along with a group of local farmers and investors, built four 50-kilowatt solar arrays on their land and plan to build 12 more by the end of next year. The group is selling power to the local utility at prices set by the government and expects to turn a profit by the end of this year...snip
Read More: http://www.wsj.com/articles/in-fukushima-a-determination-to-move-past-nuclear-power-1473818580

Interesting that the WSJ left out any mention of Fukushima's plans for Hydrogen. Ignorance - or something else? Yet most people STILL have no idea that Japan has perfected a Hydrogen Fuel Cell car that needs no petrol and emits only water as exhaust. You'd think that would be big news.

Related: Fukushima Prefecture to become hub for hydrogen society
The Yomiuri Shimbun September 12, 2016

The government is initiating a project to produce hydrogen on a massive scale in Fukushima Prefecture, with the ultimate goal of creating a hydrogen energy-oriented society.
Posted by nationalize the fed | Sun Sep 18, 2016, 06:15 PM (0 replies)

Former FBI Whistleblower calls for new 9/11 investigation

WhoWhatWhy.org | JEFF SCHECHTMAN | 9/16/16

Coleen Rowley was the whistleblower who exposed the FBI’s cover-up of the information from the Minneapolis FBI field office that might have prevented the 9/11 attacks. Rowley tells WhoWhatWhy’s Jeff Schechtman that in her view, we still don’t know the truth about who was behind the attacks and she urges a new independent investigation. She argues that not just the FBI but other agencies also ignored a whole range of early warning signs

She explains that, when she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in June of 2002, it was already too late to change course and that no one was interested in the truth she had to tell. She gives us firsthand stories of how she has seen the cover-up continue and become more pervasive.

Coleen Rowley Credit: Slowking/WikiMedia

Full Text Transcript:

Jeff Schechtman: Welcome to Radio WhoWhatWhy I’m Jeff Schechtman. For the 14th time we’ve recently marked the tragic events of 9/11. In so doing we are also marking an event that set in motion a chain of events that is bequeathed just two wars, thousands of deaths, random terror attacks, fear, and ultimately confusion about how we got here and what’s next. How did the cause of those attacks and even the failure to take action that could have prevented them lead us perhaps in the wrong national direction?

All of that and even the release of the 28 pages of the 9/11 report that we spoke with Sen. Bob Graham about last week, raises the specter of what we still don’t fully understand about what really transpired. And if we don’t, how do we know that what we’re doing today is the right thing to deal with terror, and to prevent future attacks? My guest Colleen Rowley was a longtime FBI agent and division legal counsel. She blew the whistle on the FBI’s failure to act on information provided by the Minneapolis field office that might’ve prevented the attacks. She ran for Congress in Minnesota and she continues to write and blog about US policy. It is my pleasure to welcome her here to the program. Colleen, thanks so much for joining us here on Radio WhoWhatWhy.

Colleen Rowley: Yeah, thanks for having me.

Jeff: You know in politics and I guess in the corporate world as well people like to say that the cover-up is often worse than the crime. In your view, talk a little bit about how did the initial FBI cover-up played a role, not in shaping the events of 9/11, not in allowing those events to happen, but in misdirecting us in terms of our response once it happened.

Colleen: Yeah, and it was not only of course the FBI if you realize that the Bush administration fought tooth and nail to have to stop or prevent any inquiry at all from the start. Dick Cheney made calls to Daschle so that they would not have the congressional inquiry. Basically at least I know from the FBI, eventually when a joint intelligence committee was started there was timeline made that [?] some crucial things, but actually then skewed the facts in one direction. People have kind of forgotten about this. It’s 15 years ago but in those first few months after 9/11, Condi Rice had gone out and said no one would ever have expected a plane to fly into a building. And that was really the narrative, that was the prevailing narrative. Nobody spoke up and said, “No, no, there had been [?] training exercises with that premise.” There had been planning for international conferences that plan, that took that into account. There had been a prior terrorist who had threatened to fly into I think the CIA headquarters etc.

All of the government aligned itself so as to put out a narrative that 9/11 was not ever, there was no warning about this and that there was nothing that could have been done. And at the same time then they were, with this prior agenda, to launch war on Iraq and course in the meantime they had to launch war on Afghanistan. And very quickly, what people didn’t know is that they got the lawyers at the office of legal counsel to begin writing memos that legalized, put legalized in quotes, things like torture. And this wasn’t a year later. This was really quickly, within days they were writing these memos. One memo written within a couple of weeks of 9/11 said that there would no longer be freedom of speech-that the First Amendment would have to take a backseat now to the necessities of war. And that’s almost a form of martial law. And that was all done secretly and so the people didn’t have any idea and again the news was not able, that quickly, to get out the facts. And that’s the sad story, that we ended up doing all of these things-launching war in Iraq that had absolutely no connection to 9/11, beginning to torture, beginning these series of kidnappings and indefinite detentions and black sites. Even the massive spying was begun quite soon after 9/11. And none of this had any real relevancy to how the attacks had actually occurred, weight of the facts behind it, because there had been no inquiry or no investigation...snip
Audio Interview and Full Transcript: http://whowhatwhy.org/2016/09/16/former-fbi-whistleblower-calls-new-911-investigation/

Download MP3 http://www.whowhatwhy.org/files/Rowley%20final.mp3

Coleen Rowley's Website

Coleen Rowley at her rally in Rosemount, Minnesota on September 17, 2006 Credit: Krispos42/Wikimedia

Coleen Rowley

...In January 1981, Rowley became a Special Agent with the FBI and was assigned to the Omaha, Nebraska and Jackson, Mississippi divisions. Beginning in 1984, she spent six years working in the New York field office on investigations involving Italian organized crime and Sicilian heroin. During this time she served three temporary assignments in the U.S. embassy in Paris and the consulate in Montreal. In 1990, she was transferred to the FBI's Minneapolis field office, where she became Chief Division Counsel. There she taught constitutional law to FBI agents and police officers, and oversaw the Freedom of Information, Asset Forfeiture Program, Victim-Witness and community outreach programs.

After the September 11, 2001 attacks, Rowley wrote a paper for FBI Director Robert Mueller documenting how FBI HQ personnel in Washington, D.C., had mishandled and failed to take action on information provided by the Minneapolis, Minnesota Field Office regarding its investigation of suspected terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui. Moussaoui had been suspected of being involved in preparations for a suicide-hijacking similar to the December 1994 "Eiffel Tower" hijacking of Air France 8969. Failures identified by Rowley may have left the U.S. vulnerable to the September 11, 2001, attacks. Rowley was one of many agents frustrated by the events that led up to the attacks, writing:

During the early aftermath of September 11th, when I happened to be recounting the pre–September 11th events concerning the Moussaoui investigation to other FBI personnel in other divisions or in FBIHQ, almost everyone's first question was "Why?--Why would an FBI agent(s) deliberately sabotage a case? (I know I shouldn't be flippant about this, but jokes were actually made that the key FBI HQ personnel had to be spies or moles like Robert Hanssen who were actually working for Osama Bin Laden to have so undercut Minneapolis's effort.)

In May 2002 Rowley testified to the Senate and the 9/11 Commission about the FBI's pre-9/11 lapses due to its internal organization and mishandling of information related to the attacks.[2] Mueller and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) pushed for and achieved a major reorganization, focused on creation of the new Office of Intelligence at the FBI.[6] This reorganization was supported with a significant expansion of FBI personnel with counterterrorism and language skills.

In February 2003, Rowley wrote a second open letter to Mueller, in which she warned her superiors "that the bureau is not prepared to deal with new terrorist strikes that she and many colleagues fear would result from an American war with Iraq."[7] In April 2003, Rowley stepped down from her legal position to return to being a FBI Special Agent. At the end of 2004 she retired from the FBI after serving for 24 years.

Honors and awards

Rowley jointly held the TIME "Person of the Year" award in 2002 with two other women credited as whistleblowers: Sherron Watkins from Enron and Cynthia Cooper of WorldCom. She also received the 2002 Sam Adams Award.
Posted by nationalize the fed | Sat Sep 17, 2016, 06:15 PM (5 replies)
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