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Honda’s NSX Factory Is Shifting To Plug-In Hydrogen CR-V Production

The title of this post, is the same as that, of this article on Road and Track.

The hydrogen is mainly used as a range extender, but it’s interesting to see Honda going this way!

December 1, 2022 Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel, Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments

Rolls-Royce And easyJet Set New World First

The title of this post, is the same as that of this press release from Rolls-Royce.

These three paragraphs explain what the two companies have done and are planning to do.

Rolls-Royce and easyJet today confirmed they have set a new aviation milestone with the world’s first run of a modern aero engine on hydrogen.

The ground test was conducted on an early concept demonstrator using green hydrogen created by wind and tidal power. It marks a major step towards proving that hydrogen could be a zero carbon aviation fuel of the future and is a key proof point in the decarbonisation strategies of both Rolls-Royce and easyJet.

Both companies have set out to prove that hydrogen can safely and efficiently deliver power for civil aero engines and are already planning a second set of tests, with a longer-term ambition to carry out flight tests.

The test today was carried out at Boscombe Down and are shown in this picture from Rolls-Royce.

Rolls-Royce AE2100 Hydrogen Demonstrator engine preparing for test at RAF Boscombe Down

Note that the green hydrogen produced using Orcadian winds and tides.

We live in desperate times and I predict that a hydrogen-fuelled and Rolls-Royce-powered easyJet plane, will fly sooner than anybody thinks.

As with athletes, engineers love to be first!

November 28, 2022 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Knightsbridge Station – 21st October 2022

I last visited Knightsbridge station in April, this year, when I wrote Knightsbridge Station – 25th April 2022.

Construction has moved on in the six months since I visited, as these pictures show.

Note.

  1. After arrival at the station, I left using the exit at Harrods and then walked back along Brompton Road to Harvey Nicholls.
  2. The entrance for the lift is in an alley. According to this article on Ian Visits, two lifts are needed to get to the platforms.
  3. The ticket hall is under the Burberry store and has three entrances with steps.
  4. One unusual feature of the ticket hall, is that it has a micro-Starbucks. Is this idea going to be repeated?

In Ian’s article, he describes the step-free entrance like this.

By reusing some old tunnels, and a side alley around the corner, they will be making the station step-free for the first time. The station used to have lifts from the street down to a corridor that then linked to the platforms via a short set of stairs, but was taken out of use in the 1930s when escalators were added.

What’s being done is that a new entrance, with ticket barriers, has been created in Hooper’s Court, and there will be two lifts that will take people down to just above platform level where the old corridors are still available. There will then be a second small lift to link the corridor down to the platform level.

It looks like it was rather a tight squeeze to get everything in. But then in Knightsbridge, the space for a single toilet will cost at least a couple of millions.

 

October 21, 2022 Posted by | Food, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

French Farmers Are Covering Crops With Solar Panels To Produce Food And Energy At The Same Time

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on euronews.green.

These paragraphs explain the technique.

Agrivoltaics – the practice of using land for both solar energy and agriculture – is on the rise across France.

In the Haute-Saône region, in the northeastern part of the country, an experiment is being conducted by solar-energy company TSE. It is hoping to find out whether solar energy can be generated without hindering large-scale cereal crops.

Previous attempts to experiment with agrivoltaics have been through smaller-scale projects. But, keen to see if it can thrive on an industrial level, 5,500 solar panels are being spread over this farm in the commune town of Amance by TSE.

The article also contains a picture, which shows panels high in the air and a tractor going underneath.

I’m not sure of the idea’s practical application, although, I do know of a farmer, who is experimenting with using solar panels in a field with sheep. He also has found that on another field fully fitted with solar panels, hares were thriving.

In Understanding Floatovoltaics, I talked about another French idea; floating solar panels, where solar panels are floated on calm water like a reservoir.

Talking of reservoirs, I remember seeing a Tomorrow’s World, as a child, where it was proposed that concrete reservoirs, like those under the Heathrow flightpath, be filled with foamed concrete and covered with soil, so they could be used to grow crops.

  • The water capacity would be slightly smaller.
  • There would be less water losses.

I wonder what happened to that idea.

October 19, 2022 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

How To Kill Flies

I am being plagued by flies at the moment and no matter how many squirts I give with fly spray, they keep on coming.

I found this remedy on the Good Housekeeping web site and it is very simple.

 

All that is needed, is some cider apple vinegar, some washing up liquid and some glasses.

These pictures show the method.

I made four and distributed them around my house.

They seem to work, as after an hour or so, they had collected hundreds of flies.

October 5, 2022 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 7 Comments

Rolls-Royce And AVK Provide Over 3.5 Gigawatts Of Emergency Power Capacity In The UK

The title of this post, is the same as that of this press release from Rolls-Royce.

The press release starts with these two bullet points.

  • UK’s largest technology companies rely on emergency power solutions from AVK and Rolls-Royce
  • Focus on Net Zero solutions with sustainable fuels and fuel cells

And then this summary of the business in the UK.

Rolls-Royce has delivered 200 mtu emergency generators to AVK, UK’s leading provider of critical power solutions, in just three years. AVK has already installed and commissioned the majority across Europe, and in total has already provided more than 3.5 gigawatts of power to data centers, the financial, telecommunications and healthcare industries in the UK and Ireland.

AVK is now the largest supplier of emergency power solutions to data centers and the financial sector in the UK, and since signing the exclusive agreement with the Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems, has been using only mtu brand emergency gensets.

The next two paragraphs describe the business in more detail.

These are some points from these paragraphs.

  • Data is now the ‘fourth utility’ required by all.
  • The European colocation data center market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 13.1 percent from 2021 to 2028.
  • The most important European markets for data centers are Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam, and Paris, where demand is highest.
  • AVK provides, installs and maintains systems over their entire service life.
  • Emergency power systems based on  mtu diesel systems ranging from 825 to 4,000 KVA are tailored to customer needs.
  • AVK has been using mtu engines for emergency power systems for over 20 years.

Rolls-Royce And AVK seem to have developed a nice little earner.

Net Zero Emergency Power Solutions

The last section talks about net-zero solutions for generators and emergency power.

This is set about sustainable fuels.

Sustainability already plays a major role for data center operators. As a result, interest in alternative fuels has grown and AVK is increasingly providing support and guidance on switching from using diesel to HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil). mtu Powergen engines from Rolls-Royce can be used unchanged for sustainable EN15940 fuels, such as HVO; no engine hardware or software modifications are required with the same performance. Using HVO can significantly reduce CO2, nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions.

And this is said about the use of hydrogen.

Rolls-Royce is also currently developing its mtu gas engine portfolio for power generation so that the engines can run on hydrogen fuel in future, enabling a Net Zero energy supply. The company is also launching complete mtu hydrogen fuel cell solutions, that emit nothing but water vapor from 2025. This will enable CO2-free generation of emergency power for data centers and many other critical applications.

I certainly think, that they are going in the right direction.

  • Data center operators are said to want sustainability.
  • Other users of emergency power will probably want the same.
  • A full range of solutions is offered.

Hopefully, it will bring more sales, as the market size increases.

August 23, 2022 Posted by | Energy, Hydrogen, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

On My Way To Birmingham

I made the mistake of not going on Chiltern to avoid a walk in Brum. No seats at all, so I’m doing a Corbyn and sitting on the floor. Pendolinos aren’t as comfortable as Mark 3’s.

July 26, 2022 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Hopefully, The First Of The Many!

Transport for London have placed this ticket machine on the island platform 7 and 8 at Stratford station.

A Ticket Machine On Platform 7 And 8 At Stratford Station

A Ticket Machine On Platform 7 And 8 At Stratford Station

Hopefully, it is the First of the Many!

The Germans do it all the time, as this picture, taken at a station in Leipzig shows.

A Ticket Machine On The Platform At Leipzig Markt Station

It is just so convenient.

When I took the picture of the Stratford machine, I was going to Braintree, by using my |Freedom Pass to Shenfield and then buying a ticket to Braintree from Shenfield in the machine there.

But as I had my Shenfield to Braintree ticket before I left Stratford, it was just so much more quicker, not having to go through the barriers at Shenfield station to buy a ticket.

Knowing the way the self loading cargo ducks and dives its way around East London, I think it won’t be long before this machine at Stratford gets used in all sorts of legal ways.

  • Buying a ticket for a train later in the day, or even later in the week, month or year.
  • Buying an extension ticket to a Freedom Pass, Travel Card or even an ordinary ticket.
  • Topping up your  Oyster whilst waiting for a train.
  • Avoiding queues at machines in Booking Halls and busy stations.

I do wonder how many people on seeing the mchine, are reminded to buy a ticket for a future trip.

I don’t know whether the machine at Stratford is an experiment or permanent, but this user would like to see more machines on platforms.

Stratford, is one of the few stations, where you can catch both Underground and National Rail trains. So I suppose, there could be times where passengers get to the station on the Central or JubileeLines with Oyster and want to use main line services to perhaps Colchester, Chelmsford or Southend,  that stop at Stratford.

A ticket machine inside the barriers, avoids the need to go out to buy another.

 

 

August 20, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Lincoln’s Tower Bridge

I took these pictures of the new bridge over the railway by one of Lincoln’s notorious level crossings.

Note.

  • The bridge may mean that pedestrians can get across easily when the level crossing is closed, but it doesn’t do anything for the vehicles.
  • One of the reasons for the height, is to clear the wires, if the line should be electrified.
  • This article in Rail Engineer describes how it was built.
  • Reportedly, the bridge is the first part of a £12million scheme, which includes a second bridge over another nearby level crossing.

It’s certainly a striking footbridge.

 

August 3, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Deutsche Bahn’s Idea Of Customer Service

To get back from Leipzig, I had two choices.

  • I could go to Munich and spend the night in a hotel I know by the station and come home in the morning.
  • Or I could go back in one day.

As I had bought a flexible Eurostar ticket for Friday in the early evening, I was thinking about the direct option.

But on Thursday night, I decided to buy my tickets for Brussels with a change at Frankfurt Airport, as I was offered a good value ticket in First Class with reserved seats, for less than it would have cost in Second.

It was probably just as well I bougth the ticket, given what happened in Munich on Friday night.

I ended up with a bundle of tickets on three A4 sheets of paper.

Germany's Idea Of A Ticket To Ride

Germany’s Idea Of A Ticket To Ride

Compare that with my tickets to Liverpool tomorrow.

The UK's Idea Of A Ticket To Ride

The UK’s Idea Of A Ticket To Ride

Just two cards for my wallet with one up and one back.

I should also say, that to buy the German ticket, I had to queue up in a Ticket Office, as the ticket machine wasn’t allowed to sell me the ticket I wanted. Queuing included having to get a compulsory number from a machine, despite the fact there was only a few people waiting.

In the morning, the train left at 06:31, so as I was in First Class, I thought I’d go to the DB Lounge.

DSCN9406

But as you can see it wasn’t open. Surely, if trains are running, the lounges should be open.

On the first train, I saw the steward once and didn’t get so much as a complimentary glass of water.

But judging by the emptiness of First Class, it doesn’t appeal to most passengers.

From Frankfurt Airport to Brussels, the second train had more passengers, but I did have to buy myself a Coke.

You get much better service on Chiltern Trains in Standard Class.

And who owns Chiltern?

 

July 24, 2016 Posted by | Transport/Travel, Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment