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Caterpillar To Launch Demonstration Project Using Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology For Backup Power At Microsoft Data Center

The title of this post, is the same as that of this press release on the Caterpillar web site.

This is the first two paragraphs.

Caterpillar Inc. today announced a three-year project through a collaboration with Microsoft and Ballard Power Systems to demonstrate a power system incorporating large-format hydrogen fuel cells to produce reliable and sustainable backup power for Microsoft data centers. The project is supported and partially funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) under the H2@Scale initiative and backed by the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL).

“At Caterpillar, we focus on supporting our customers with reliable, resilient and economical power solutions while achieving their climate-related goals,” said Jason Kaiser, vice president for Caterpillar’s Electric Power Division. “This hydrogen fuel cell demonstration project enables us to collaborate with industry leaders to take a large step toward commercially viable power solutions that also support our customers in making their operations more sustainable.”

It certainly looks like Caterpillar are turning to the use of hydrogen to keep their existing markets.

This press release explains the cooperation in a paragraph.

Caterpillar experts in advanced power technologies, controls and system integration are working alongside Microsoft experts in data center design and Ballard experts in fuel cell design to demonstrate a 1.5 MW backup power delivery and control system that would meet or exceed the expectations set by current diesel engine systems.

Elsewhere the press release says that Caterpillar aims to be carbon negative by 2030.


We will see lots of systems like this providing reliable and sustainable power systems for entities like airports, city centres, data centres, hospitals, ports, shopping malls and other large users of electricity.

December 25, 2021 Posted by | Computing, Energy, Hydrogen | , , , , | Leave a comment

Inner Eye AI Identifies Tumours To Speed Up Treatment Of Cancer

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

This is the introductory paragraph.

A hospital in Cambridge is the first to use artificial intelligence technology developed by Microsoft to treat cancer patients faster, helping to cut the treatment backlog and save lives.

There is only one NHS hospital in Cambridge and that is Addenbrooke’s, who probably saved my life, by diagnosing me as coeliac in 1997.

This paragraph explains the development of the software and how it will be deployed across the NHS.

Inner Eye is the result of an eight-year project with Microsoft and Addenbrooke’s and is being introduced in other NHS trusts. It is easy to access and free to use. When the AI tool is in place, hospitals will be able to use their own data to improve accuracy.

This paragraph sums up the usefulness of the system.

Pat Price, a professor at Imperial College London and chairwoman of Action Radiotherapy, a charity, said: “This is just one brilliant example of the quiet but amazing technological revolution that has unfolded in radiotherapy in recent years and could dramatically improve cancer survival rates.”

It really is amazing how since my wife died of a squamous cell carcinoma of the heart, treatment of cancer has improved.

I can envisage a time, when a rare cancer like that, which killed her in three months, will be survivable!

January 11, 2021 Posted by | Health | , , , , , | Leave a comment

BP And Microsoft Form Strategic Partnership To Drive Digital Energy Innovation And Advance Net Zero Goals

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

This is the introductory paragraph.

The companies intend to work together to develop new technology innovations and digital solutions to help meet their sustainability aims, including reducing energy use and carbon emissions.

I find this an interesting and possibly very important partnership.

It is an article that is well worth a read.


Strategic partnerships like this might be one of the moves, that will improve the world.



September 17, 2020 Posted by | Business, Computing, World | , , | Leave a comment

Google Going “Carbon Free” By 2030

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

This is the introductory paragraph.

Tech giant Google is committing to using no form of energy that emits carbon dioxide by the end of this decade, ramping up its commitment to fighting climate change.

This looks like a good thing to me, as all those servers use a lot of electricity.

There have also been similar pledges from Microsoft and Apple.

September 15, 2020 Posted by | Computing, Energy | , , , | Leave a comment

I Apologise For The Quality Of My Latest Posts

Since swapping to a Microsoft Surface Studio Pro 2 and Windows 10, the quality of my posts has got worse.

This is because they seem to be incompatible with WordPress.

It annoys me terribly, as I was brought up in a letterpress print works, where nothing less than perfect pages were tolerated.

I suspect I need to return to Windows 7!

I have improved them by reediting them in Windows 7 on my old laptop.

I certainly couldn’t recommend a Microsoft Surface Pro and Windows 10 to a blogger, who uses WordPress.


March 14, 2020 Posted by | Computing | , , , , | 3 Comments

PC Sales On The Up!

It has just been said on BBC Radio 5’s Wakr Up To Money, that PC sales are on the up and this is boosting Microsoft’s revenues.

So I sent them this message.

The new all-in-one PCs are tempting me to replace my aging laptop.

It was read out.

My PC will have a 27 inch screen and a wireless keyboard and mouse. It will fit my oval dining rom table perfectly.

The only thing more I need, is a bigger screen.

In 2010, I wrote this post called The Communication Wall.

We’re getting there!

July 18, 2019 Posted by | Computing | , , | 2 Comments

I Have Just Been Microsofted!

I run Office 365 and today it updated itself.

Now nothing in the suite works.

I don’t like automatic updates, as they have this power to drop you deep in it.

I usually only upate software, when there is a problem!


December 14, 2018 Posted by | Computing | | 3 Comments

If Microsoft Built Cars…

There are loads of jokes that start like this and you can find pages on the Internet  like this.

But what if Microsoft built planes?

This article on the BBC shows the result.

The plan is to use the Stratolaunch plsne to launch satellites. More is here on Wikipedia.

The idea is not new, The North American X-15 of the 1950s, was a space plane that was launched from under the wing of a B-52 Stratofortress.

Wikipedia says this about the flights of the X-15

During the X-15 program, 13 flights by eight pilots met the Air Force spaceflight criterion by exceeding the altitude of 50 miles (80 km), thus qualifying these pilots as being astronauts.

Not bad for an conventional rocket-powered aeroplane built over half a century ago!

June 2, 2017 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | 1 Comment

Let’s Have Some Rules For Software!

I am in the process of moving my contacts and e-mails from a Windows Vista computer with Outlook 2007 to another with Windows 7 and Outlook 2010, as the first computer has a disc fault, that means you can’t use Outlook.  I can’t even copy or zip the Outlook file, which I suspect means it’s seriously fucked.

I have backups of everything I need from perhaps thirty days ago. But of course you then have the problem of transferring the data from one format to the other.

My preferred solution would have been just to buy a new Windows Vista computer with Outlook 2007, but of course that’s not possible, even if I don’t need support.

So I’m stuck in the process of transferring data from one data format to the other.

I would assume the transfer system was designed by an idiot who was as cruel as Stalin or Hitler, with the intelligence of the Prince Regent as portrayed in Blackadder. Dl Microsoft sub-contract their program design to Boko Horam or ISIS.

Surely, if you want to transfer data from Outlook 2007 to Outlook 2010, it should be just a matter of opening the file in the new program and then letting the program do all the work!

It’s been similar with transferring from my Galaxy S4 to S5, where things are all different and some features don’t even exist.

I suppose computer companies don’t see us as consumers who know what we want, but idiots to be ripped-off.


June 16, 2014 Posted by | Computing | , , , | Leave a comment

Microsoft Outlook Is Full Of Bugs

I would be annoyed with myself, if I’d written software with as many bugs as Microsoft Outlook.

What is driving me hairless at the moment is trying to send the e-mail address, telephone numbers and physical address of a sick friend, to those in my address book who know him. I’m using a vcf format Business Card.

Unfortunately, since I first sent his address by this method a couple of years ago, the entry has changed, as my friend has moved.

But Outlook persists in sending the old details.  Do I have to delete the entry and reenter everything?

That to me is a triple-X rated bug.

November 29, 2013 Posted by | Computing | , | Leave a comment