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.
Montreal hotels offer escape from tourists
Graeme Hamilton, National Post
MONTREAL - At street level, there is an old-world charm to parts of this city, where horse-drawn caleches roll over cobblestone streets, passing buildings dating from the French regime.
But then again, the smell of horse urine can get a little pungent on a steaming-hot day, the cobblestones can do a number on your ankle if you're not careful, and for every building of historic interest there's another housing a tacky souvenir shop.
Montreal's year-round inhabitants have discovered a new escape route from the tourist-clogged streets, which oddly enough begins in a hotel lobby.
A number of city hotels have sprouted rooftop terrasses where the (admittedly steep) price of a beer is also said to buy you a smashing view, a chance to mix with the in crowd and in one case, a dip in the pool if the spirit moves you.
The trend has been fuelled by a proliferation of boutique hotels in Old Montreal, which have helped revive a neighbourhood that had been sliding.
The best of a bunch sampled recently was atop the Hotel Nelligan, just up from the waterfront on St. Paul Street West.
In one direction, the view was of the St. Lawrence River, Ile Notre-Dame and Moshe Safdie's Habitat '67 apartment complex, gleaming as it caught the early-evening sun; in the other, Notre-Dame basilica loomed.
Dormer windows on adjacent buildings looked very Parisian, although the music -- an eclectic mix of oldies ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Smokey Robinson -- screamed 1970s rec room.
The terrasse, called Sky, does not exactly qualify as a best-kept secret. The rooftop was packed, and the area reserved for dining had an hour-long wait for a table.
An even larger crowd awaited atop the Hotel Place d'Armes on the Aix terrasse.
After wandering past hotel rooms to find the door leading to the roof, we were greeted by a bouncer recording each arrival and departure with a handheld counter.
Asked how many people there were, he replied that the information was "confidential."
A waiter said we had arrived on the patio's busiest night of the week, a Thursday.
It was largely an after-work crowd looking to start the weekend early; a hotel guest looking for a relaxing cocktail in the sun would have been surprised to find a scene fit for Crescent Street, the city's famous nightclub strip.
"It's happy hour," the waiter advised us, which seemed hard to believe after having just paid $7.50 for a bottle of beer.
He clarified that the prices are unchanged during this particular bar's happy hour. It's just that people are happy.
The view was not the best, hurt by the fact Montreal planners over the years have allowed an architectural jewel such as the basilica to be dwarfed by modern monstrosities such as the National Bank tower on Place d'Armes and the courthouse a block to the east.
For a view, the hands-down winner was Hotel de la Montagne, in the city's downtown -- and not just because its rooftop pool is surrounded by bikini-clad sunbathers.
On a recent evening, looking southeast we could see clear to the Eastern Townships.
In the foreground was Montreal's skyline and behind us Mount Royal. The hotel has no pretense of "boutique" trendiness, from the ebony elephants and crocodile statues in the lobby to the party atmosphere on the rooftop.
"People say that it is dated, so what, so is your girlfriend," a young Ohio man who recently stayed at the hotel wrote on tripadvisor.com last month.
"The pool on the roof is as cool as it gets. We arrived on Friday afternoon, and the roof looked like a scene from spring break in Cancun."
Our waitress advised us that the small pool is open to all customers whether they are staying at the hotel or not, "as long as you have alcohol."
Not too much, she hastened to add, relating the story of a drunken man who had a contest with friends to see who could stay underwater the longest. He never came up, she said.
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Montreal Croupiers Take Electronic Poker Table Battle to Court
Mon, Jan 28th, 2008 @ 12:00am
Three unions representing 1,450 croupiers at Quebec area casinos lodged a request with Quebec Superior Court to force the board that regulates gambling in the province, the Regie des alcools des courses et des jeux, to address complaints that the 25 automated electronic Texas Hold'em poker tables installed Jan. 18 at the Montreal Casino are illegal.
The croupiers, who have been without a contract since Dec. 21, 2006, are in ongoing discussions with the Societe des casinos du Quebec. The croupiers say the tables are illegal and charmless.
The PokerPro tables, made by PokerTek, a North Carolina USA-based company, do not meet Quebec's legal requirement that slot machines be pure games of chance, said Jean-Pierre Proulx, a spokesperson for the croupiers union, affiliated with the Quebec Federation of Labour. Proulx maintains that poker has a large element of strategy as well as chance, so should not be treated the same as a slot machine.
The union has been waiting for a ruling from the Regie on the legality of the machines.
43 Electronic Tables Already Installed
Besides the 25 automated poker tables installed at the Montreal, 13 have been installed at Lac Leamy in Gatineau and 5 in Charlevoix.
According to Vito Casucci, a spokesman for Pokertek, the machines can deal 50 per cent faster than human dealers, allowing customers to spend their money faster. The union is concerned that casino staff may consequently lose their jobs and that the new poker rooms represent a trend toward more electronic games.
According to a union spokesperson, the Regie has steadfastly refused to meet with them or confirm that a complaint against the introduction of the dealer-free machines has been lodged.
The union filed a complaint with Quebec's alcohol and gaming regulator Dec. 7, arguing that the absence of a human dealer makes the tables illegal under Quebec law.
"We are asking the court to make a ruling that the Regie has to meet with us," union spokesperson Jean-Pierre Proulx said. "They have not responded to our demands, they put our lawyer on hold and said they have no file of our complaint. Technically, the Regie is not doing their job."
He said the croupiers' unions, affiliated with the Quebec Federation of Labour and representing workers from Montreal, Gatineau and Charlevoix, complained to the Regie twice in December and twice this month.
Regie spokesperson Rejean Theriault said receipt of the complaints was acknowledged but the situation could not be analyzed until the machines were opened Jan. 18.
"It's like investigating a murder when there's no body," Theriault said.
Bonjour à tous,
Voila suis nouveau sur mtlurb (mon 1er thread ) et vu que je vais bientot enfin démenager pour Montréal je passe mon temps à admirer les projets qui se construisent.
Étant un fan de hockey je voulais faire un post dessus, malheureusement je n'ai jamais assisté à un match de NHL sauf devant la télé.
Ici aussi le hockey est le sport national (devant le soccer) et je trouve pas mal de petite différence avec le championnat nord américain.
- le championnat est assez relevé (2 ligues professionnels Ligue national A et B avec des promotions et des relégations entre les 2 ligues).
- Patinoire plus grande mais nombre de place bien plus faible (7'000 en moyenne)
- Ici les kops suivent toujours leurs équipes (la distance la plus loin est de 4h de voiture pour suivre son équipe) avec drapeaux et tambours
- Nombre d'étranger est limité (possibilité d'aligner seulement 4 étranger sur la feuille de match, généralement des canadiens ou russes)
Je voulais vous montrer quelque photos de ma sortie à Berne (je suis l'équipe du Genève Servette)
En 2 mots Berne c'est la plus grosse Arena de Suisse et 2eme d'Europe. 17'000 places dont 14'000 debout (hé oui ici la moitié des places des patinoires sont des places assises et le reste c'est pas méga confort).
Le meilleur public de Suisse ambiance de folie avec des chants tous le long et le mauvais coté de l'Europe beaucoup d'insulte et provocation entres les kops.
A l'entrée des joueurs toujours aussi beau
Présentation des équipes (vous pouvez constater les vitres en contrebas pour séparant les supporters de l'équipe adverse avec les locaux (car sinon risque de jet de papier ou verre, encore un mauvais coté)
depuis notre Kop (400 personnes environ)
Photo prise sur un site de supporter de Servette (http://www.hellseagles.com) ou on voit bien "le mur" avec une pente de malade, je comprend pas comment les gens se tombent pas dessus
Pour finir une vue qui représente bien la patinoire (prise sur wikipedia.org)
Bilan de la soirée:
Après avoir mené 2-0 les 2 premiers tiers-temps on perd 3-2 .
Berne reste premier et nous 2ème (sachant que sur les 12 équipe du championnat on à que le 10ème budget c'est bien), il reste plus que 5match les playoffs nous attendent dans 2 semaines .
J'espère pouvoir poster bientôt des photos de Genève et que ce post n'était pas trop nul