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August 5, 2003
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Under the Radar

Oil, terrorism and drugs intermingle in Colombia
Seventy U.S. Special Forces soldiers are training Colombians to protect an oil pipeline.

Japan's struggle to secure future oil supply
Energy dependent Japan looks to Iran for oil, causing tension with the U.S.

Chad-Cameroon pipeline project put to test
Will the pipeline, partially financed by the World Bank, improve the lot of Chad and Cameroon or exacerbate existing corruption and strife?

Natural resource curse hits São Tomé
A tiny West African country illustrates a well known problem.

On the technology front

Fuel Cell Locomotive for Military and Commercial Railways
An international consortium is developing the world’s largest fuel cell vehicle, a 109 metric-ton, 1 MW locomotive.

Fuel cell power plant installed at NJ Sheraton
A stationary fuel cell will supply 250 kilowatts of electric power as well as heat to the Sheraton Edison Hotel, accounting for about 25 percent of the hotel's electricity and hot water.

Fuel cell scooters for Europe and China
Palcan's fuel cell powered scooter is designed to address the world's need for a low-end mass transport vehicle.

U.S. Air Force to get fuel cell bus
Fuel cell powered thirty-foot hybrid bus to be stationed at the Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii.

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Back Issues

Fuel cell scooters for Europe and China

Palcan Fuel Cells, developer and manufacturer of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells and metal hydride hydrogen storage products, announced the integration of its 2 Kw fuel cell stack system in a fuel cell powered scooter designed to address the world's need for a low-end mass transport vehicle.

Palcan's prototype power supply is aimed at the market for smaller internal combustion engines (ICE) developed for two and three wheeled applications. These include rickshaws, small transport vehicles and scooters. Market survey reports estimate European production at 24 million two-wheeled scooters annually. In Asia, the market dwarfs that number.

Palcan received support for the deployment of an alternative transportation solution from the Shanghai Municipal People's Government Economic Commission (MPG). The Canadian National Research Council and MPG are acting as sponsors of the joint venture development agreement.

Also see:
Sino Sphere Journal: The future of China's transportation sector
Yamaha Motor to develop methanol fuel cell for small motorycles