December 1989

Vol 4-12 December 1989
Peter Hoffmann, Ed itor and Pub lisher EVs, Methanol Cars No Pollution Solution MIAMI BEACH, FL --The radical reshaping of Southern California's auto culture and technology mandated by the introduction of progressively stringent anti-pollution standards during the decades ahead may not bring any significant improvement over future cleaner gasoline technology, par t i c ipants of the 9th Miami International Congress on Energy and Environment Dec. 11-13 were told. Invited lecturer Derek E. Lyth, Texaco Inc.'s general mana ger for Latin Ameri c~ and West Africa, said the b r o ad ...

November 1989

Vol 4-11 November 1989
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher Administration Draws House Ire over H Stance WASHINGTON, D.C. Administration witnesses clashed with both Republican and Democratic representatives over what is perceived as government footdragging at a mid-October hearing on a bill to establish a $2.55 million four-year hydrogen fuel program. Dr. Robert San Martin, deputy assistant secretary for renewable energy at the Energy Department and. Dr. Leonard Harris, chief engineer of NASA's office of aeronautics and space technology, testified that the agencies are conducting a fair amount of ...

October 1989

Vol 4-10 October 1989
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher WRI · Releases PV-H Report, Shows Off H-Car WASHINGTON, DC Politicians, environ- ~entalists, industrial representatives and, as sexy high-tech lure for the capital's media, a qlearaing metallic-blue, hydrogen-powered Mercedes converged on Capitol Hill late Septembe2:: to promote the cause of hydrogen as an environmentally benign fuel. The occasion was a press conference for the new World Resources Institute report, "Solar Hydrogen: Moving Beyond Fossil Fuels," by Princeton researchers Joan M. Ogden and Robert H. Williams. Basically, the ...

September 1989

Vol 4-9 September 1989
Peter Hoffmann, Ed itor and Pub li sher H Systems Delivers HYSOLAR Electrolyzer LIER. BELGIUM - Hydrogen Systems, N. V. , the Belgian maker of advanced electrolyzer systems, is currently testing the 350 kW unit that will be part of the joint German-Saudi Arabian "Hysolar" project going up some 35 miles northwest of Riyadh, and the equipment will be shipped at the end of September. Hydrogen Systems 1 managing director Hugo Vandenborre says tests of the unit, packaged into three standard 20 foot containers for easy transport, are "successful". "It's very good news," says ...

August 1989

Vol 4-8 August 1989
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publi sher Pennsylvania Urges DoE to Do More H R&D WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Pennsylvania governor's office is urging the Bush administration to come up with a sustainable national energy policy that should include more emphasis on hydrogen. John Dimsdale, the Washington representative of Pennsylvania governor Robert P. Casey's office, listed hydrogen energy systems as one of six technologies the administration should pay more attention to. Hydrogen energy "has more promise and has received less attention than any other area in DoE's domain," Dimsdale told ...

July 1989

Vol 4-7 July 1989
Peter Hoffmann, Edi tor and Publi sher Carnegie Scientists Make Metal Hydrogen WASHINGTON D.C. decade of effort, two Institution point that :otate. here have the gas is Culminating more than a scientists at the Carnegie squeezed hydrogen to the turning into a metallic Ho-Kwang "Dave" Mao and Russell Hemley of the Institution's Geophysical Laboratory achieved the feat by subjecting the element, a gas under am. Jient conditions, between two diamond-tipped "anvils" to pressures of more than 2.5 megabars (2.5 million atmospheres). They reported their findings in the June 23 ...

June 1989

Vol 4-6 June 1989
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher MMB Announces Hydrogen-Airbus Project PARIS/HAMBURG - Confirming earlier German press reports (THL April 1989), West German aerospace manufacturer Messerschmitt-Boelkow-Blohm (MBB) says it is "seriously" considering conversion of an Airbus passenger jet to liquid hydrogen. A working group consisting of a dozen firms is gearing up for a feasibility study that, barring unforeseen obstacles, is slated to get underway this fall, according to an MBB press release distributed at the Paris Air Show in June. The ultimate goal is to convert an Airbus to ...

May 1989

Vol 4-5 May 1989
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher Tex A&M Gets Heat in Utah Rerun: Fusion? COLLEGE STATION, TX/U>S ANGELES - Largely lost in the media circus over the merits or demerits of the Utah cold fusion claims was a report by Texas A&M researchers that they had in fact recorded excess heat generation in essentially the same experimental setup as the Pons-Fleischmann arrangement, but with more precise measurements. Most scientists attending an ~arly-May meeting of the American Physical Society in Baltimore apparently believed that cold fusion was a delusion. And, judging by media ...

April 1989

Vol 4-4 April 1989
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher German Navy to Acquire Fuel Cell Subs WEBECK, W.GERMANY - The West German tends to procure and put into service hydrogen-powered submarines beginning in 1990s. navy ina dozen the mid- A naval spokesman for Bonn's Defense Ministry said he could not comment on the hydrogen/fuel cell powered submarine project, referring all inquiries t o the naval architect firm IngenieurKontor Luebeck (IKL), of Luebeck. He did say that the German navy may relt=ase some information in about three months. IKL together with the German shipyard ...

March 1989

Vol 4-3 March 1989
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher Ovonic Licenses Hydride Battery to Varta TROY, MICH. Ovonic Battery Company Inc., (OBC), a maker of rechargeable hydride batteries, is launching commercialization of its batteries in Europe via a license agreement with the continent's biggest battery maker, Varta Batterie AG, of West Germany. In a joint announcement with Ovonic's parent, Energy Conversion Devices (ECD), the com~~ny said it has granted a worldwide, royalty-bearing nonexclusive license to Varta for the manufacture and sale of Ovonic hydride batteries, with "certain restrictions" ...

February 1989

Vol 4-2 February 1989
nletter Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher February 1989, Vol IV/No. 2 European Community, Quebec Agree On Transatlantic H Study; Cost Up to (Can.) $500 Million MONTREAL/ISPRA, ITALY-- In a major breakthrough for hydrogen, the European Community and Canada's province of Quebec have formally agreed to conduct a joint feasibility study that is expected to culminate in the procurement of up to (Can.) $500 million in hardware and services to test the idea of shipping the fuel from Canada to Europe. The entire project is expected to take about five years. If the initial two-year paper ...

January 1989

Vol 4-1 January 1989
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher Earth Warming May Affect Evolution, Paper Says MARL, W. GERMANY -- A paper written by two R&D executives of Huels AG here argues that the manmade increase in carbon dioxide content in the earth's atmosphere·may have a pronounced negative effect on the entire evolution of the planet's biological systems in addition to undesirable climate changes. The two executives, Dr. Guenter Beckmann and Dr. Burkhard Klopries, say the consequences of the altered oxygen/ carbon dioxide ratio plus the release of more trace gases into the atmosphere "could ...