Friday, October 26, 2012

On The Railroad Redux

The Inkling's October 9, 2012 post was about patent US 8,117,969, a BNSF Railway patent for “Hydrogen fuel cell hybrid locomotives,” issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office in February 2012.  Way Better Patents took a macro view of the patent and the invention, describing the major types of railroad locomotives and the petroleum and electricity used by US locomotives. 
On October 15, 2012, David Gibbs, a contributor to Eric Lane’s Green Patent Blog posted an article on the very same patent. Gibbs provides a micro treatment, emphasizing the business aspects of BNSF, describing where the new hybrid locomotive was tested and how it might be used in BNSF’s system.

The Clean Tech universe benefits when information about important innovations that have the potentially to be transformational are disseminated to as broad an audience as possible.