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Wed Jun 12, 2019, 06:24 PM

Nations 1st hydrogen fuel cell ferry to transport commuters across San Francisco Bay in early 2020



Mercury News June 12, 2019

ALAMEDA — Creators of the nation’s first hydrogen fuel cell ferry always dreamed that if they built the zero-emission vessel, commercial interest would soon follow. It didn’t take long.

SW/TCH (pronounced “Switch”), a New York-based investment company, announced Wednesday — two months before the boat even touches the San Francisco Bay — that it would be the first to test the technology in commercial commuter service, beginning as early as 2020. The plan, said SW/TCH co-founder Pace Ralli, is to partner with large employers to offer a pollution-free alternative to gas-guzzling shuttles.

That means Bay Area residents will not only be the first to catch a glimpse of the vessel, called the Water-Go-Round, when it’s completed this fall, but some of the region’s commuters may also be among the first to experience the boat in action. First, though, there will be a three-month demonstration project where the public can learn about the technology, which has been around for decades but only recently adapted for maritime use, said Joe Pratt, chief executive and technical officer of Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine, which designed the vessel. His company secured a $3 million grant last year from the California Air Resources Board to build the ferry with help from Alameda’s Bay Ship & Yacht Co.

“It was never intended to just be a demonstration project,” Pratt said. “It was always intended to be built for long-term commercial service.”

That’s where SW/TCH comes in. The company was founded on the premise of investing in zero-emission technology specifically for maritime use. Once the technology is proved, Ralli said, the next step will be to build another ferry to grow the operation, potentially partnering with publicly-funded services, such as the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate ferries. SW/TCH would build, own and operate the boats... more: https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/06/12/nations-first-hydrogen-fuel-cell-ferry-to-cart-commuters-across-san-francisco-bay-in-early-2020/

Just another day in the Hydrogen Energy Revolution. For a change, this news is from "Murika!

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Response to Aquila (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 07:32 PM

1. Cool but remember this is CA

and they can never get anything done -- that high speed rail boondoggle comes to mind.

Also it doesn't sound like it will be used for the average commuter and will/must be subsidized by large employers and probably not too far in the future tax-payers. Once these types of technology can stand on their own without soaking those that will never use them then I'll be one of the biggest supporters. Until then ...

"The plan, said SW/TCH co-founder Pace Ralli, is to partner with large employers to offer a pollution-free alternative to gas-guzzling shuttles."

"potentially partnering with publicly-funded services, such as the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate ferries. SW/TCH would build, own and operate the boats"

That sure sounds like taxpayers funding/supporting a private corporation -- amirite?

ETA: GG Transit can't even pay it's way now. That's why it raises bridge tolls almost every year. $8 now to cross the GGBridge. Hell they even started charging carpools at a reduced rate.

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Response to Aquila (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 04:29 PM

2. "His company secured a $3 million grant"

Funny how these projects can never support their own weight. The taxpayers always have to pay for them.

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Response to oflguy (Reply #2)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 06:39 PM

3. Why are fossil fuels subsidized?

Righty talks big about cutting subsidies and parades around pointing fingers at all sorts of stuff they call "communist" and "socialist" but when they control all 3 branches of government they do NOTHING. FUCK ALL. ZERO. NADA.

Blowhards.

Blowhards on the RIGHT and fucking BLOWHARDS ON THE FAKE LEFT.

FORBES: United States Spend Ten Times More On Fossil Fuel Subsidies Than Education

A new International Monetary Fund (IMF) study shows that USD$5.2 trillion was spent globally on fossil fuel subsidies in 2017. The equivalent of over 6.5% of global GDP of that year, it also represented a half-trillion dollar increase since 2015 when China ($1.4 trillion), the United States ($649 billion) and Russia ($551 billion) were the largest subsidizers.

Despite nations worldwide committing to a reduction in carbon emissions and implementing renewable energy through the Paris Agreement, the IMF’s findings expose how fossil fuels continue to receive huge amounts of taxpayer funding. The report explains that fossil fuels account for 85% of all global subsidies and that they remain largely attached to domestic policy. Had nations reduced subsidies in a way to create efficient fossil fuel pricing in 2015, the International Monetary Fund believes that it “would have lowered global carbon emissions by 28 percent and fossil fuel air pollution deaths by 46 percent, and increased government revenue by 3.8 percent of GDP.”... https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesellsmoor/2019/06/15/united-states-spend-ten-times-more-on-fossil-fuel-subsidies-than-education/amp/

RIGHTY TALKS THE TALK BUT CAN'T WALK THE WALK

i.e. frauds, fakes and incompetent losers. But they're not alone!

Party On DUDE

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