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Transport & Traffic / Re: Germany rolls out world's first hydrogen train
« Last post by Johnnie F. on Yesterday at 12:05:55 PM »
Sure, hydrogen only "stores" electricity, but the hydrogen can be produced at times of electricity surplus, while the direct running on electricity requires a steady supply.
Transport & Traffic / Re: Germany rolls out world's first hydrogen train
« Last post by Taman Tun on Yesterday at 11:51:58 AM »
Hydrogen trains are all dependent on electricity to perform electrolysis to produce the hydrogen in the first place.  It is much more efficient to run the trains directly from electricity.
Transport & Traffic / Germany rolls out world's first hydrogen train
« Last post by Newsy on Yesterday at 10:46:41 AM »
Germany rolls out world's first hydrogen train

Germany rolls out world's first hydrogen train

Germany on Monday rolled out the world's first hydrogen-powered train, signalling the start of a push to challenge the might of polluting diesel trains with costlier but more eco-friendly technology.

Two bright blue Coradia iLint trains, built by French TGV-maker Alstom, began running a 100-kilometre route between the towns and cities of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde and Buxtehude in northern Germany -- a stretch normally plied by diesel trains.

"The world's first hydrogen train is entering into commercial service and is ready for serial production," Alstom CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge said at an unveiling ceremony in Bremervoerde, the station where the trains will be refuelled with hydrogen.

Alstom has said it plans to deliver another 14 of the zero-emissions trains to Lower Saxony state by 2021, with other German states also expressing an interest.

Hydrogen trains are equipped with fuel cells that produce electricity through a combination of hydrogen and oxygen, a process that leaves steam and water as the only emissions.

Excess energy is stored in ion lithium batteries on board the train.

The Coradia iLint trains can run for around 1,000 kilometres on a single tank of hydrogen, similar to the range of diesel trains.

Alstom is betting on the technology as a greener, quieter alternative to diesel on non-electrified railway lines -- an attractive prospect to many German cities scrambling to combat air pollution.

"Sure, buying a hydrogen train is somewhat more expensive than a diesel train, but it is cheaper to run," Stefan Schrank, the project's manager at Alstom, told AFP.

Other countries are also looking into hydrogen trains, Alstom said, including Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Italy and Canada.

In France, the government has already said it wants the first hydrogen train to be on the rails by 2022.
Home: Britain / Re: The Brexit UK: My Brexit plan or no plan
« Last post by Newsy on Yesterday at 10:31:44 AM »

UK: My Brexit plan or no plan

 British Prime Minister Theresa May insisted her Brexit plan was the only alternative to leaving the EU without an agreement -- something the IMF said Monday would inflict "substantial costs" on the UK economy.

Despite strong opposition in her Conservative party and criticism in Brussels, Mrs May has stuck by the so-called Chequers proposal to keep close trade ties with the European Union after Brexit on March 29 next year.

"The alternative to that will be not having a deal," she told the BBC in an interview out Monday

Mrs May will meet EU leaders in Salzburg on Wednesday and Thursday, as she seeks a breakthrough in talks on the Brexit divorce and the future UK-EU trading relationship.

The International Monetary Fund on Monday said Britain's economy would suffer "substantial costs" should it leave the EU without a deal.

Brussels and London have failed to resolve "fundamental" aspects of Brexit and this could leave London defaulting to World Trade Organization (WTO) tariffs, the IMF said in its annual outlook on the UK economy.

"Fundamental questions -- such as the future economic relationship between the two and the closely related question of the status of the land border with Ireland -- remain unanswered," it noted in a statement.

"Resolving these questions is critical to avoid a 'no-deal' Brexit on WTO terms that would entail substantial costs for the UK economy -- and to a lesser extent the EU economies -- particularly if it were to occur in a disorderly fashion," the IMF added.

Problems in parliament

The gloomy assessment contrasts with that of Mrs May, who indicated last week that a no-deal hard Brexit would not be a disaster for Britain.

Mrs May remains confident of striking an acceptable deal with Brussels.

But even if she gets an accord in the coming weeks, it must be signed off in parliament, where she can only muster a slender majority.

The main opposition Labour party's Brexit spokesman said Sunday that it could not back a deal unless it delivered the "exact same benefits" as Britain currently has inside the single market and customs union -- an unlikely prospect.

That would mean only a small number of Mrs May's Conservative MPs need to rebel in order to bring down her blueprint -- and plenty of hardcore Brexiteers are infuriated by it.

Mrs May expressed confidence parliament would approve the deal -- but warned there was no alternative if Britain wanted to avoid a "no deal" scenario.

"Do we really think... that if parliament was to say, 'No, go back and get a better one', do we really think the EU is going to give a better deal at that point?" she said.

Mrs May has proposed that Britain follow EU rules in trade in goods after Brexit, to protect manufacturing supply lines and avoid a "hard border" between Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland.

Mrs May also insisted no other plan on the table would ensure "frictionless" trade on the island of Ireland.

Kurz: Avoid hard Brexit

But critics say her proposal would tie Britain too closely to the EU and argue that the Irish issue can be resolved through trusted trader schemes and the use of technology.

Former foreign minister Boris Johnson, who quit in July in protest at the Chequers plan, launched a fresh attack on it in his weekly newspaper column on Monday.

"The whole thing is a constitutional abomination," Mr Johnson, who has previously compared the plan to a "suicide vest", wrote in The Daily Telegraph.

Austria holds the EU's rotating presidency and Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the EU should strain to strike a deal with London at the Salzburg summit.

"We have to do everything possible to avoid a hard Brexit and to make possible that there will be a strong cooperation between the UK and the European Union," Mr Kurz said Monday ahead of talks with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Mr Macron added that it was "essential that we find a deal, that the rules of cohesion and protection of Europe, of its single market, are fully preserved while the United Kingdom respects the vote by its people".
Yothee Kitkungwol, 47, of Chanthaburi in his flooded house early Monday morning

Thailand to Feel Tropical Storm ‘Mangkhut’s Side Effects: Officials

Although Thailand won’t directly cross paths with tropical storm Mangkhut, the country will suffer inundations from the southwestern monsoons it intensifies.

As Mangkhut on Monday moved into China, Thailand should brace for a week of rains caused by the tropical storm, especially along the western Andaman coast, the north and Isaan provinces, Seree Supratid, director of the Climate Change & Disaster Center, Rangsit University said by phone Monday.

“The storm won’t hit us directly so we can relax a bit,” Seree said. “But we will experience the side effects.”

Seree said Mangkhut had caused the southwest monsoons to strengthen along monsoon troughs, creating heavier rains than usual along western, northern, Isaan and central provinces.

“It won’t be as extreme as in the Philippines, Hong Kong, China or Vietnam,” Seree said.

The state meteorological department issued a statement Monday echoing Seree: Mangkhut’s movement into China’s Yunnan province tomorrow would cause the southwest monsoon to strengthen and shower Isaan through Wednesday with up to 4-meter-high waves along the Andaman coast.

Through Saturday, all provinces should expect a 60 to 80 percent chance of rain, especially in the north, Isaan and the Andaman coast. Bangkok will see a 70 percent chance of rain with lows of 23C and highs of 34C.

Super typhoon Mangkhut weakened to a tropical storm after it made landfall in mainland China, killing at least four, after leaving at least 65 dead in the Philippines

Here are some areas in Thailand that had been affected by monsoon floods Monday.

Yothee Kitkungwol, 47, of Chanthaburi said rain fell for five hours straight Sunday night to early Monday morning from monsoons affected by Mangkhut. Flash floods rushed into Khlung district from Khao Sa Bap mountain.

“I couldn’t sleep all night. I had to be on alert and pack my things to put them in high places,” Yothee said.

In Ratchaburi, areas along the Mae Klong River, several coconut orchards and other agricultural areas were inundated. Ratchaburi receives runoff from the two major Srinakarin and Vajiralongkorn dams in Kanchanaburi.
Half as serious and less / Re: Joke
« Last post by jivvy on Yesterday at 08:32:25 AM »
General Discussions / Re: Tripadvisor
« Last post by Taman Tun on Yesterday at 07:37:57 AM »
Interesting that Banmaichaichaynam is #2 in Nakhon Ratchasima and Suan Muang Porn is #4.  Suan Muang Porn looks to be a difficult place to get to, so it is almost certainly like Banmaichaichaynam in that it’s customers are mainly from coach parties from nearby resorts.  So if you choose a restaurant based on its TripAdviser rating you might just find yourself in amongst a bunch of coach parties.
Half as serious and less / Re: caption it
« Last post by Oppo on September 17, 2018, 10:14:29 PM »
always get a good deal here
General Discussions / Re: Tripadvisor - Suan Muang Porn Restaurant
« Last post by thaiga on September 17, 2018, 07:05:33 PM »
Suan Muang Porn Restaurant - Please! please! no comments on the name - not a clear video but will give you some idea

The good the bad the ugly, Suan Muang Porn Restaurant, there could be a vacancy here if your looking for a job, as one comment say, they are understaffed, looks like could do with a lick of paint. a lot of these places are perched on the waters edge, plenty of mossis to feed on you while your there. if you like looking into the dam this is the place for you, plenty of flies reported, maybe the live entertainment attracted them. still open who knows, although the last review was 2 April 2018. Their website has been suspended. no not for me though.
Suan Muang Porn Restaurant
204/44 Moo 1 Tanon Mitrapab Tambon Klong Pai Amphoe Si Khiew, 30340 Ban Khanan Chit, Thailand  +66 44 323 263
map: HERE

Lunch with a group of a total of 10 persons
The ambience is quite nice. We thought that food was of average quality and prices were not too high. However, we felt that their service can be improved upon - believe that they are understaffed.

Beautiful view.
It's very unfortunate for us to arrived after sunset. Although we still managed to take few pictures before the sky turns dark. But beware of mosquitoes!! It bitten my legs and it's very itchy. They should provide mosquito coils under each dining table to prevent...More

Great Lamtakong dam views
I went with my husband and friend, we stay at Suan Muang Porn Resort. We have a great dinner, great views, great weather and cool band here. (on every Friday and Saturday, Restaurant will have live music) For food, some are very good, but some

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