Peggy Hollinger, Industry Editor, FT
Collaboration aims to have a part-electric test aircraft in the air by 2020
Tests will be carried out on a BAE146 with one of the four turbines replaced by a two megawatt electric motor
Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens have announced plans to collaborate on a hybrid test aircraft that will fly by 2020.
The companies have formed a partnership to build a technology demonstrator with an electric motor that will help during take-off and the climb to cruising altitude. They aim to have a commercially viable hybrid regional passenger jet flying by the 2030s.
A growing number of companies are exploring the potential of hybrid power in aviation. Boeing last month acquired Aurora Flight Sciences, a cutting edge US aviation research company. Boeing has also taken a stake in Washington-based aerospace start-up Zunum as it steps up its pursuit of autonomous and electrically powered flight. Zunum aims to have a 10-12 seater all electrically powered aircraft flying by 2022 and to eventually scale up to 50-100 seaters by 2030.
Roland Berger, the management consultancy, estimates that 70 electrical propulsion aircraft programmes have been launched globally, about half by start-ups.
The partnership announced on Tuesday will focus on developing an aircraft capable of carrying 50-100 passengers. The tests will be carried out on a BAe146 regional aircraft and one of the four turbines will be replaced by a two megawatt electric motor.
“This is the first concrete step to prove what is possible,” said Mark Cousin, Airbus head of group demonstrators. He estimated that the fuel savings of hybrid propulsion would be “into the double digits”.
While hybrid-electric cars are becoming increasingly commonplace on roads, adoption of the technology in aviation has been held back by the weight and power density of batteries.
Frank Anton, Siemens vice-president of eAircraft, said this hurdle could be cleared in a relatively short time as battery technology is developing exponentially in response to demand from the auto sector.
“We will have to get 10 times more power out of the same weight,” he said. “This is our homework. But we believe we can get there.”
The pressure is on aviation to deliver cleaner propulsion. The industry accounts for 2 per cent of global man-made carbon dioxide emissions, but this is expected to triple by 2050 as demand for air travel accelerates. The number of passengers is forecast to double in the next 20 years alone.
Electrically powered aircraft would help reduce the noise and emissions pollution from this growth.
The partners are hoping to win UK funding for the project, although they refused to quantify the cost.
Airbus, Siemens and Rolls-Royce are initially targeting the regional travel market for their hybrid aircraft.
Paul Stein, chief technology officer of Rolls-Royce, said quieter and cleaner hybrid-electric power would allow airports to be sited more closely to urban areas. “It has the potential to move transport from rail to air, and gives the opportunity to connect any city pairs,” he said.
Alstom is delivering Hydrogen-fuelled intercity Coradia trains to Lower Saxony.
The locomotive and motor engine were manufactured in France whilst the Hydrogen cell was made in Germany.
In terms of fuel supply, Hydrogen is generated by electrolysis and the energy used to power this reaction is tapped from wind power.
Functionally-speaking, energy is generated by converting H2 gas to electricity using reverse electrolysis - an old technology discovered back in the 19th century.
A single H2 fill-up drives the engine with an autonomy of 1,000 km plus the possibility of peaking up to 140 km/h. This is a direct alternative to diesel trains, the motor engine itself is electric, hence quiet, and overhead lines are history.
H2 is stored in a highly pressurized state and withheld inside reservoirs bearing high tensile strength, still I ponder on the event of an accident given its extremely exothermic nature.
Anyway, I often hear people arguing over job losses through delocalized assembly lines or trivial companies moving to Calgary or Toronto and always thought Montreal (besides France and Germany BTW, coz I deeply love these 2 cultures ) had all what it takes to unleash innovative industries that would disrupt traditional transport and energy markets (kind like the way Apple's smartphones relegated Nokia's mobile technology to oblivion). Quebec has top universities that lead research in the Physical Sciences, lots of natural resources and genuine reasons to curb climate change. One could imagine developing shuttles that use hydrogen cells to transit people from one bank of the Saint Laurent to another. La Rochelle already has one such gizmo and Marseille has been using a solar-powered equivalent to move people around the Vieux-Port.
Une petite révolution dans le monde des transports
Source: Radio France, 11/11/2017
STM plans to build solar-powered bus shelters
Panels could be used to power lighting * and illuminate revenue-producing ads
By Monique Beaudin, The GazetteFebruary 2, 2009
Montreal’s public-transit agency is planning to spend $14.4 million to buy 400 new bus shelters – some of which would use solar panels to provide electricity.
The new shelters need an energy source to allow the Société de transport de Montréal to use new tools to provide customer service and advertising.
In some cases the shelters would be powered by solar energy, in others the shelters would be linked into a local source of electricity.
Several other cities – including London, Vancouver and Toronto – already have bus shelters that use solar panels to charge batteries that power their lighting systems. Blainville, north of Mont-real, put up four such shelters in October and plans to replace all its bus shelters with solar-powered ones by 2010, said spokesperson Yves Meunier.
Blainville’s plan was to make their bus shelters self-financing, by using revenue generated from selling advertising in the shelters. For that they needed an energy source to illuminate the ads.
“People selling advertising want the ads to be visible for a certain number of hours every day, especially during the winter,” Meunier said.
Blainville’s bus shelters – which cost about $30,000 each – were designed and built by a local firm, Meunier said. The city will recycle the old shelters by selling them to other municipalities, he added.
The STM also expects that by selling ad space in its new shelters they’ll pay for themselves over a 10-year period.
While the STM has already tested several different kinds of solar-powered bus shelters, spokesperson Isabelle Tremblay said the agency hasn’t chosen a specific bus shelter model to buy yet.
The transit agency is still waiting for the results of a bus-shelter design contest announced by Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay last September.
Tremblay called on the city’s designers to come up with new ideas for five things – the Champs de Mars métro station, the eastern wall of the courthouse, bus shelters, taxis and temporary festival furniture.
Design Montreal has not yet launched the contest, spokesperson Stéphanie Jecrois said yesterday.
The agency is still meeting with its partners to determine how the contest will work, but she said the contest details should be announced with a few weeks. The contest will be held in 2009, she said.
Meanwhile, at the STM, Tremblay said the agency will only go to tender for new bus shelters after the Design Montreal contest wraps up.
The STM now has 2,977 bus shelters, serving about one-third of its bus stops. It would like to install 100 new bus shelters over the next two years, and 100 more each year from 2011 to 2013.
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Here we go Scoop Time!!!!...I checked in google so I hope it's a real scoop.
Prochainement édifié sur Côte-de-Liesse, à l'angle de l'autoroute Décarie, Campus 54 offre plus de 700 000 pieds carrés d'espaces locatifs. Projet phare dans le développement du quartier industriel de Ville Mont-Royal, Campus 54 est un leader en termes de nouvelle génération d'espaces à bureaux en Amérique-du-Nord.
À contre-courant des immeubles ordinaires, le complexe s'inspire du style de vie de la génération Y.* Situé à proximité du réseau de transport collectif et des grands axes routiers, Campus 54 est un véritable oasis urbain pour les employés où le travail rime avec partie de plaisir:
- bureaux modernes et aérés;
- nombreuses aires communes, tel que cafés, lounges,*restaurants;*
- salle de gym;
- terrasse et potager sur le toit;*
- service de buanderie;
- et bien d'autres avantages jouissifs.
from the architects Pelletier de Fontenay
Arrondissement de Saint-Laurent
Montréal créera un nouveau parc-nature
MONTRÉAL – La Ville de Montréal a annoncé mardi la création d'un 11e parc-nature: le parc des Sources.
Le nouveau parc-nature, d'une superficie de 40 hectares, est situé dans l'arrondissement de Saint-Laurent. Il sera divisé en deux parties.
Le secteur Est se trouve en majeure partie sur le campus de Technoparc Montréal. Le secteur Ouest fait partie d'un terrain appartenant à Transports Canada situé au nord des pistes de l'aéroport Montréal-Trudeau. Il est principalement constitué d'un marais et d'une forêt mature.
Ce parc-nature sera particulièrement intéressant pour l'observation du castor et de son habitat naturel. Bien qu'il ait élu domicile dans d'autres parcs de la métropole, cet animal sera particulièrement accessible aux visiteurs au parc des Sources et fera l'objet de projets pédagogiques.
«Les efforts constants déployés par notre administration ont permis la protection d'une superficie équivalente à plus de cinq fois celle du mont Royal. D'une situation hémorragique en 2002, nous sommes passés de 3 % du territoire protégé à 5,4 %, et sommes maintenant en voie d'atteindre notre objectif final de 6 %, a déclaré Alan DeSousa, vice-président du comité exécutif de la Ville de Montréal et responsable du développement durable.
«La création du parc des Sources constitue un exemple concret et éloquent de notre volonté à poursuivre nos actions et ainsi préserver notre riche patrimoine naturel montréalais.»
La création du parc-nature commencera en 2012, et l'ouverture au public devrait avoir lieu en 2014.