Ottawa touts natural gas
CP, Monday, August 01, 2005
The federal government has extended a program that promotes the use of natural gas in vehicles by providing more benefits to commercial-fleet owners.
The Natural Gas for Vehicles Market Transformation Pilot Project, administered by Natural Resources Canada, offers fleet owners incentives to convert vehicles to natural gas, as well as to lease natural gas vehicles.
An additional $1.9 million will allow fleet owners to receive up to $3,000 toward the installation of a conversion system.
Vehicles that use natural gas produce 21 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than conventional gasoline vehicles.
"With the difference in price between Canadian natural gas and gasoline at an average of 20 cents a litre in 2004, (the conversion systems) will help fleet owners save on fuel costs while helping Canada meet its commitment under the Kyoto protocol," the government says.
From: Randal Leavitt [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday July 30, 2005 3:10 PM
Cc: multiple cdn
Subject: Re: [cdn-nucl-l] " Ballard Power to focus on non-auto market "
> Ballard Power to focus on non-auto market
Hydrogen is not a practical means for moving energy around. Ballard
Power is doomed. However, I think various metals could be used to
move energy around. Zinc, for example, provides sufficient energy
density, is safe to handle, and can cause a fuel cell to output
electricity. The zinc comes out of the fuel cell as harmless zinc
oxide. You put that zinc oxide in an electric convertor and turn it
back into zinc to use it again. We could operate electric cars in
Hydrogen is too light, corrosive, and explosive.
I tried to tell Ballard this years ago, but who listens to me?
Of course, the electricity for regenerating the zinc has to come from
a fast nuclear reactor - preferably a molten salt design created in
Canada. But who listens to me?
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