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  • Axion Power Concentrator 207: Feb. 10: Axion Power PbC Batteries Continue To Demonstrate Effectiveness For Railroad Applications Norfolk Southern [View instapost]
    Makes sense, John.

    Thanks.
    Feb 12 09:36 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 207: Feb. 10: Axion Power PbC Batteries Continue To Demonstrate Effectiveness For Railroad Applications Norfolk Southern [View instapost]
    If an AGM manufacturer has to buy PbC from Axion and presumably mark it up in the end product it sells to an OEM, the AGM manufacturer's pricing model could adversely affect PbC's penetration into the market, no?

    IOW, if a PbC anode costs an AGM manufacturer more than a Pb anode, and if OEMs place an inviolable limit on battery cost, and the AGM manufacturer's markup schedule is such that they feel they are eating a cost the OEMs should pay for a PbC battery, then Axion would be caught in the middle of situation not of its making.
    Feb 12 09:20 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 207: Feb. 10: Axion Power PbC Batteries Continue To Demonstrate Effectiveness For Railroad Applications Norfolk Southern [View instapost]
    I also noticed that.

    He charged up north of Manhattan heading north, and he ran out of juice heading south.

    After he had driven north of Manhattan, he super-charged up, drove further north, charged up again after staying in a motel, started driving south, and then ran out of juice.
    Feb 11 10:27 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 207: Feb. 10: Axion Power PbC Batteries Continue To Demonstrate Effectiveness For Railroad Applications Norfolk Southern [View instapost]
    In the original NY Times article, the driver stated explicitly that he drove the speed limit in the right lane while everyone else whizzed by him and that he drove the designated route without deviation.

    Musk is calling the guy a liar, which is quite an accusation.

    My guess is that Musk will fake the vehicle logs if they are ever published.

    JRP3 can jump in here and say Musk is more believable the reporter.
    Feb 11 05:27 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 206: Feb. 6: Axion Power PbC Batteries Continue To Demonstrate Effectiveness For Railroad Applications Norfolk Southern [View instapost]
    Joe Piccirilli better get on the stick.
    Feb 9 05:04 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 206: Feb. 6: Axion Power PbC Batteries Continue To Demonstrate Effectiveness For Railroad Applications Norfolk Southern [View instapost]
    "No matter what, the engine will restart after two minutes to keep the 12 volt absorbed glass matt battery well charged."

    Ah. The kluge to keep AGM in the game.

    We need to prepare a stock PR about PbC and send it to the author of every article that is posted here about stop/start using AGM batteries.
    Feb 9 02:42 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 206: Feb. 6: Axion Power PbC Batteries Continue To Demonstrate Effectiveness For Railroad Applications Norfolk Southern [View instapost]
    Thank you, John.

    Now you know what I look like when I get hot under the collar.

    Apologies to NGS. Apologies to all.

    I feel a little embarrassed.

    No offense intended.
    Feb 8 02:54 PM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 206: Feb. 6: Axion Power PbC Batteries Continue To Demonstrate Effectiveness For Railroad Applications Norfolk Southern [View instapost]
    NGS:

    The intention of my post was to let this particular off-topic controversy fade with everyone feeling reasonable and unprovoked, so my reply here is not an attempt to fan the flames of argument in order to give people who like to fight an opportunity to get self-righteous.

    I must, however, object to your putting words in my mouth.

    According to your post, if I "were correct" there could be no such thing as an Artesian aquifer.

    I have never said to anyone ever that upward hydraulic gradients are not common in nature.

    It seems that you have convinced yourself that the only factor that determines whether fracking will or will not contaminate a water supply is whether "upward hydraulic gradients" occur or do not occur in nature.

    Have you ever heard the expression: to a man carrying a hammer, everything looks like a nail?

    A rare anomaly in the structure of a rock or a rare coincidence of human errors can have catastrophic consequences.

    Please don't insult me by reducing the complexities of a complex subject to whether the physics of Artesian wells has been proved or not.

    And please do not invite me to continue thus thread. I made a remark to John about calculating risk. I am not interested enough in fracking to play dueling article links about it.
    Feb 8 02:46 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 206: Feb. 6: Axion Power PbC Batteries Continue To Demonstrate Effectiveness For Railroad Applications Norfolk Southern [View instapost]
    John:

    If one determines risk by calculating the probability of a particular event occurring based on the frequency with which it has in the past, one will arrive at one number.

    If one calculates risk by estimating the extent of the damage a catastrophic failure would cause, one might arrive at another.

    Oilmen have used both calculations in recent times: the utter unacceptability if Saddam Hussein were to possess WMD; the unlikelihood that the XL pipeline, Northern Gateway, or Deep Horizon might spill.

    How vested one is in going ahead with a particular project versus how vested one is in that the Ogallalla Aquifer or New York City's water supply not be contaminated determines which of these two calculations of risk one uses.

    I would rather not get into a shouting match over which to use in a particular case about which you and I might disagree.
    Feb 8 12:46 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 206: Feb. 6: Axion Power PbC Batteries Continue To Demonstrate Effectiveness For Railroad Applications Norfolk Southern [View instapost]
    That's the argument, John. Actual results have varied.
    Feb 7 04:16 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 206: Feb. 6: Axion Power PbC Batteries Continue To Demonstrate Effectiveness For Railroad Applications Norfolk Southern [View instapost]
    F:

    Fracking externalized costs are humongous. Gotta have potable water.
    Feb 7 03:03 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 206: Feb. 6: Axion Power PbC Batteries Continue To Demonstrate Effectiveness For Railroad Applications Norfolk Southern [View instapost]
    NGS:

    You never go broke taking a profit.
    Feb 7 03:01 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 202: Jan. 24: Axion Power PbC Batteries Continue To Demonstrate Effectiveness For Railroad Applications Norfolk Southern [View instapost]
    That, too, Maya.

    People who own homes in the suburbs assume that everybody else lives like they do, I guess.
    Feb 6 10:42 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 202: Jan. 24: Axion Power PbC Batteries Continue To Demonstrate Effectiveness For Railroad Applications Norfolk Southern [View instapost]
    I'm with Futurist on the massiveness of the charging infrastructure EV's would require even if they were feasible on other grounds.

    Gas stations have as many as a dozen pumps. Hundreds of cars blow through them in a day, each taking about 5 minutes to gas up for 300 or so plus miles.

    Having four or five charging bays at a shopping center that hundreds of cars share, each of which takes the better part of an hour to charge up, strikes me as crazy.

    And one of the worst characteristics of Li-ion is it blows up if you charge it too fast.

    (JRP3, our resident Li-ion enthusiast, will complain about this post.)
    Feb 6 08:42 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Axion Power Concentrator 205: Feb. 3: Axion Power PbC Batteries Continue To Demonstrate Effectiveness For Railroad Applications Norfolk Southern [View instapost]
    More on PSerc, the group that produced that slide show:

    http://bit.ly/14EvJrR
    Feb 6 02:58 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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