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Ballard Power Systems signs deal to provide power modules for ferry in

Companies in this story: (TSX:BLDP) VANCOUVER — Ballard Power Systems, Inc. has signed a deal to provide the power modules for a hybrid ferry in Norway.Financial terms of the agreement with Norled A/S were not immediately available.The Norled ferry will be powered by a combination of Ballard fuel cell modules together with batteries.It will be able to carry up to 299 passengers and 80 cars and is expected to be the first liquid hydrogen fuel cell-powered ferry in commercial operation.Under the agreement, Ballard will provide two 200-kilowatt power modules that will be used to power the ferry planned to begin operating in 2021.The Ballard modules will be designed and manufactured at the company’s facility in Hobro, Denmark. The Canadian Press read more

Ruwan says country must uphold the peace

He said since the Government has allocated significant amount of funds for the Education and Defence sectors, the authorities will take measures to develop schools in the country. (Colombo Gazette) State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene says the country must uphold the peace and live in coexistence with all communities.He says Sri Lanka was not able to enjoy full freedom or to engage in religious celebrations or carryout faith based activities. However he says today the situation has changed and the entire society is reaping the benefits of an undivided way-of-life. The event had been organized by the Old Boys Association (OBA) of St.Sebastian’s Central College, Katuneriya.Wijewardene went on to say that the Government has made notable efforts to revive the education sector in parallel with the allocation of considerable amount of funds. “We as a Government have created such a peaceful unified background for people,” the Ministry of Defence quoted him as saying at an event in Katuneriaya. read more

SMMT announces Annual Dinner keynote speaker

Ford Motor Company executive director of automotive design, Peter Horbury, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s SMMT Annual Dinner. He has been confirmed alongside new SMMT president, Roger Putnam, at an event which is themed the challenge of design. Peter Horbury was made executive director of design for all of Ford’s domestic products in 2004. He was previously head of design for Ford’s Premier Automotive Group (PAG), responsible for product design strategy for Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo. An impressive career started at Chrysler UK in 1974, working on the Alpine and the Horizon, before moving to Ford to work on the Sierra project. More recently, he headed the design team for the Volvo XC90 and award-winning Volvo Safety Concept Car. Commenting on the news, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘We are delighted to have secured Peter Horbury to speak at this year’s Annual Dinner. Who better to remind us that in automotive design, Britain can say with absolute confidence home grown talent leads the world.’ The Annual Dinner, which takes place on 22 November at the London Hilton, will also be an opportunity to explore some of the wider issues in vehicle design. This includes the cost of balancing customer demands for higher specification and better safety, with wider legislative and social aims to cut weight, increase recyclability and lower emissions. Tickets for this year’s Annual Dinner are availableby clicking on the download below. Details of a third speaker will be confirmed within the next few weeks. Notes to editors: 1. Peter Horbury was born in 1950. He received a masters degree in automotive design from the Royal College of Art in 1974 and was named Autocar’s designer of the year in 1998. During his career he has been involved in the design of more than 30 cars, as well as trucks, buses and motorcycles. 2. Other high-profile British designers include Trevor Creed, head of design for Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep; Simon Cox, director of advanced design GM; Gerry McGovern, director of advanced design Land Rover; Steve Lewis, director of design SEAT; Ian Cameron, chief designer Rolls-Royce and Ian Callum, design director, Jaguar. Book before 1 July and get tickets at 2004 prices!Click on the link below to download the booking form. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more