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  • Axion Power Concentrator 403: August 19, 2015 [View instapost]
    Hello old friends ... and you young ones too!

    Does anyone know if the search function on this page really works?

    I thought I would try to catch up quickly with some searches for ePower, Bowman, NS, and NS-999 and got nothing since like April of this year.

    I do know that the NS-999 designation got given away to a new brightly colored working engine but I don't know if anyone has seen anything of the "old one" in or near Roanoke or found it in the trash bin a la

    Amazingly, my life has worked okay without slavish attention to this blog :-)

    I really don't have the time or inclination to read all the APCs I've missed since the beginning of the year. I know we're probably totally SOL and not willing to give this much more time or attention ...

    Best to you all!
    Aug 28, 2015. 11:30 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 388: Jan. 31, 2015 [View instapost]
    Re: move to Roanoke:

    note someone asked for an ETA:

    A: "When it gets there. It's not a priority move, so it could take days or weeks."

    Pretty well sums up NS-999 history ... NOT a priority ... :-(
    Feb 5, 2015. 10:18 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 384: Dec. 17, 2014 [View instapost]
    December 18, 2014, 2:20 A.M. ET
    Buffett’s BYD Slumps On Russia, Electric Bus Orders or Panic Selling?

    "According to a Caixin report (2 December 2014), the Chinese government is preparing to gradually shift its focus away from electric buses due to the high infrastructure investment cost, high maintenance cost and less-than-expected driving range, and instead focus on dual source trolley buses that are a modified version of tram buses with a battery installed and that use battery power when driving off the tram line.

    If confirmed, we would view this event as a significant negative for BYD given: 1) the sizable resources, such as commitment to build factories in multiple Chinese cities, BYD has committed to develop the electric bus; and 2) electric bus is the highest margin product for BYD. Maintain UW."
    Dec 18, 2014. 05:37 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 384: Dec. 17, 2014 [View instapost]
    Hybrid Streetcar news ... Brookville doesn't look like gaining "traction" in US

    Tuesday, December 16, 2014
    Oklahoma City eyes Inekon, Brookville options

    "Prague, Czech Republic-based Inkeon Group a.s., appears to be the frontrunner among four streetcar suppliers bidding for Oklahoma City's MAPS 3 project, with Brookville Equipment Corp. still a factor as well.
    Inekon's Trio streetcar is a dual-power vehicle with batteries providing up to one half-mile of wireless operation. Brookville's Liberty streetcar submission also offers dual-mode capability. Oklahoma City seeks such capability for a portion of right-of-way traveling underneath a railroad viaduct."

    Inekon Trams Manufactured For USA Cities!
    VERY quick glance didn't reveal battery info; may be new offering buried in their pages

    Detroit seems to have a big project going on:

    "Reports that Detroit's public-private partnership overseeing construction of the Motor City's M1 (or M-1) initial streetcar line has selected Ostrava, Czech-Republic-based Inekon Trams, a.s., for streetcar vehicles are not quite accurate, a spokesman for the project asserts."

    Streetcar search on Railway Age:
    Dec 17, 2014. 12:04 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 382: Nov. 22, 2014 [View instapost]
    OM Group Completes Acquisition of Yardney

    Synergistic Acquisition Complements the Company's Battery Technologies Platform

    "Based in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, Yardney is a designer, developer and manufacturer of high-performance lithium-ion and silver-zinc cells and batteries for niche applications in the defense and aerospace markets. OM Group funded the $24 million acquisition price through existing cash balances.

    Yardney is complementary to and will operate under OM Group's existing EaglePicher battery business, and will enable the business to better serve its battery customers with a wider range of innovative solutions. The acquisition will increase OM Group's lithium-ion technology capabilities and will provide a foothold into critical defense programs that are expected to grow at attractive rates."
    Nov 26, 2014. 03:03 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 382: Nov. 22, 2014 [View instapost]
    Et tu, Brute?

    Tesla says in talks with BMW over car batteries, parts
    Nov 23, 2014. 09:16 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 381: Nov. 16, 2014 [View instapost]
    Sorry if this is a repeat ... don't keep up like I used to

    Tesla Motors' (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk on Q3 2014 Results -- Earnings Call Transcript

    "Elon Musk

    My top advice really for anyone who says they've got some breakthrough battery technologies, please send us a sample cell, okay, don't send us PowerPoint. Just send us one cell that works with all appropriate caveats that would be great. That's really -- that sorts out the nonsense and the claims that aren't actually true. Talk is super cheap; the battery industry has to have more BS in it than any industry I've ever encountered. It's insane."
    Nov 18, 2014. 06:05 PM | 18 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 381: Nov. 16, 2014 [View instapost]
    What Does Buffett See in Batteries?

    Given the commodified, low-growth nature of the battery business, Berkshire's exchange of P&G shares for Duracell may have some other motivations.


    "Ultimately, we see Buffett as basically helping P&G offload a noncore business in a deal that allows Berkshire to eliminate a large investment stake with an extremely low cost basis (of $336 million) without taking too meaningful of a tax hit, and eliminating at least one legacy holding that his two lieutenants would have had to deal with longer-term."
    Nov 17, 2014. 09:55 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 381: Nov. 16, 2014 [View instapost]
    ZBB Energy (ZBB) Q1 2015 Results - Earnings Call Transcript
    Nov. 13, 2014 6:40 PM ET

    Some California discussion of interest ...

    and these guys have invested in a bit of a sales team ...

    these also have "power control" "solutions," but ZBB in general is not taking the market by storm either ...


    "On the East Coast, primarily in New York City and New Jersey region, we have dedicated sales representation and are also working with the energy services companies to evaluate buildings that would be suited to the existing credits that incentivize taking load off the grid, renewables and combined heat and power systems. We continue to evaluate each project and offer all battery types if the application and ROI model call for it."
    Nov 17, 2014. 06:17 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 380: Nov. 11, 2014 [View instapost]
    Thursday, November 13, 2014

    BNSF tests high-adhesion locomotive
    Written by David Briginshaw

    "BNSF has tested the locomotive at its Galesburg hump yard in Illinois and was able to shunt the same tonnage over the hump using the modified locomotive and only one remote-controlled locomotive instead of requiring three locomotives."
    Nov 13, 2014. 02:10 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 379: Nov. 5, 2014 [View instapost]

    Both taken Oct 22, both MU'ed to two other units
    Nov 11, 2014. 03:50 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 379: Nov. 5, 2014 [View instapost]
    Penn State alumnus creates scholarship to support Altoona RTE program

    Friday, November 7, 2014 - 74 hits

    "ALTOONA – Penn State alumnus Gerhard A. Thelen, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, has created a scholarship fund for Penn State Altoona that will support students enrolled in the college’s Rail Transportation Engineering (RTE) program, a groundbreaking academic initiative designed to prepare students for placement and career advancement within the rail industry.

    Among candidates who satisfy the scholarship’s criteria, preference will be given to a student who is a child or grandchild of a current or former employee of Norfolk Southern Corporation or Consolidated Rail Corporation, organizations in which Thelen worked during his 36-year career in the rail industry."
    Nov 7, 2014. 02:33 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 379: Nov. 5, 2014 [View instapost]
    "we believe Norfolk Southern when they say in their annual report that they intend to build more hybrid electric locomotives powered by PbC batteries. This has been slow to develop but there is one locomotive still being tested in their Altoona, PA rail yard."

    Odd phrasing ... still?

    Intentions are nice ... commitments so much better. No timeline ... of course.

    The "more" and "s" on "locomotives" is appreciated :-)

    Even "believe" is interesting ... is it a tiny prod (as much as a gnat can) towards NSC to live up to what they say in print? But when?

    Will be fascinating to see on the call whether DDG is allowed to say anything about NSC's plans. Maybe a better question is how often we are in contact with them.

    For that matter, whether he'll say much at all ... TG got in trouble repeatedly for saying stuff before he could prove it and over which he had no control.

    I know DDG has some credentials, but has he been a CEO on a call before? If not, I wouldn't expect much on the first one as he gets accustomed to the "role." And truth be told, we relied on hopes far too much in the past, and to our expense, so not saying much might be "refreshing" in an odd way.
    Nov 6, 2014. 10:55 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 379: Nov. 5, 2014 [View instapost]
    Moving (or not as the case may be) on from an >IIN posting in the last APC ... got some twitter answers

    Put in better order:

    NS 999 currently sits just west of the test shed at the Juniata Shops.

    Q: Where it was previously next to the charger? Is it charging?
    A: yes, and I don't know.

    Q:As far as you know, is this where it was directly moved to from Rose Yard?
    A:no, it sat in another spot at the shop for a couple days.

    Q:Was it "in the way" at the Rose yard charger?
    A:not likely

    Q:Odds it's actually waiting for test shed "entry?"
    A:It doesn't need to be inside the shed to be tested.

    (last one ... I assumed there was some test shed test suite that might be run after a "[major?] system update," but I'm don't think I got that across ... of course maybe it wasn't "major", or even software related ... always possible some hardware tweaks were performed instead)

    Remember to use Tweet with replies mode to see when questions get answered (not the default mode)
    Nov 5, 2014. 06:31 PM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 378 Nov. 1 '14: Axion Up-List Completed; S-1 10/22 Revision;NS-999 In Testing; Axion Nasdaq SPO Page Up; EPower & Axion Present At The Battery Show [View instapost]
    > RK ... one, if they were so inclinced, might argue that a USB stick is a "wireless update" :-)

    Point I tried in-artfully to get to is whether some changes that would require a "test shed" to verify can be made without actually pulling NS-999 into the "main shop" for "repairs" ...
    Nov 5, 2014. 10:21 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment