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Amazon Finances First-Ever Commercial-Scale Seaweed Farm Located Between Offshore Wind Turbines

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on

This is the sub-heading.

Multinational technology company Amazon is funding the world’s first commercial-scale seaweed farm located between offshore wind turbines

This paragraph details the project.

The North Sea Farm 1 will be located in a wind farm off the coast of the Netherlands, designed to test and improve methods of seaweed farming, while researching the potential of seaweed to sequester carbon.

Seaweed is all the rage at the moment, since Notpla won Prince William’s Earthshot Prize, with their packaging made from seaweed.

It sounds to me, that as Amazon probably create more need for packaging, than any company in the world, there could be an almighty coming together, which will create a lot of environmentally-friendly ideas.

February 16, 2023 Posted by | Energy, Food | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

GWR Takes Over Battery Train Project

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Rail News.

This paragraph outlines the takeover.

Great Western Railway has bought equipment from battery train manufacturer Vivarail, which went into administration in December. The purchase has included rolling stock, FastCharge systems and other items. Nine former Vivarail staff have also joined GWR, as it continues to prepare for using a battery unit on the West Ealing to Greenford branch. GWR engineering director Simon Green said: ‘There have clearly been some setbacks that mean we will need to review the existing plans and timescales, but we will continue to work with Network Rail and the Department for Transport to get the project back on track.’

This sounds a very sensible action to me.

  • GWR take control of the West Ealing project.
  • GWR’s sister company; South Western Railway, probably will get the support they need for the Vivarail trains on the Island Line.
  • It may lead to First Group companies using more Vivarail trains on other lines.

I also suspect the deal will mean that the remains of Vivarail has more of a future and someone will buy it, to continue development.

The original press release is on the First Group web site and it is entitled Fast-Charging Battery Trial To Resume After GWR Agrees Deal To Purchase Vivarail Assets.


February 16, 2023 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Partnership To Develop North American Battery Train

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Railway Gazette.

This is the first paragraph.

A contract for the development and testing of a battery multiple-unit for the North American market based on Stadler’s Flirt Akku design for Europe has been signed by the Swiss manufacturer, Utah State University and the Advancing Sustainability through Powered Infrastructure for Roadway Electrification engineering research centre.

After my recent visit to Liverpool, after which I wrote Riding In A Train Designed To Run On Battery Power, I am certainly of the belief that Stadler know where they are going.

February 16, 2023 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , | 1 Comment