Volvo trialling new fuel cells with Hydrogen powered trucks

Albynsw

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Speaking with a Ranger up near Mitchell Falls and he said they have ordered 50 electric helicopters not only for the tourist rides but as service vehicles
He said it currently costs them $500 a seat for a helicopter and the new electric ones cost under $100 a seat so looks interesting
They are setting up a big solar array to charge them
The license to operate comes online in 2025 and will initially have a pilot but have been designed to be autonomous
Apparently they are made in Brazil??
 

LongRoad2Go

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The biggest costs for helios is the maintenance/replacement all those moving parts unrelated to the engine itself, so, it would be interesting to see the final costs, including the fuel versus battery weight - fuel weight decreases as it flies, battery weight doesn't (really). Then there's the temperature issue in the tropics.

Suppose they could have small remote arrays where the helios could charge ... while the Rangers/Tourists go swimming with Irukandji jellyfish, then cooking another barra on the barbie.
 
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Albynsw

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The biggest costs for helios is the maintenance/replacement all those moving parts unrelated to the engine itself, so, it would be interesting to see the final costs, including the fuel versus battery weight - fuel weight decreases as it flies, battery weight doesn't (really). Then there's the temperature issue in the tropics.

He did mention that they are doing short range work plus the advantage of moving around during wet season
The helicopter flight to the falls is currently 6 minutes one way and they charge $170
There is 5 choppers operating there so they are doing some business
 

G_ute

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Stumbled across this machine on YT, another example of hydrogen use.

A lot of tech for a smooth skiing experience (no wonder skiing is expensive)

 
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