Ampd Energy is a company in the energy industry, which designs and manufactures energy storage systems. It is a member of the Incu-Tech Programme, a Hong Kong Government and HK Science and Technology Park initiative, their mission is to provide clean and stable electricity to people and enterprises that lack access to a reliable electric supply. Ampd was founded in December 2014, its founders, Brandon Ng and Luca Valente created an electric motorcycle company during a blackout in the city, they reasoned that the batteries of their motorcycles could be redesigned to power buildings. In February 2015, Ampd Energy was accepted into the Incu-Tech program; as of June 2017, the company has raised a total of $3.7 million in seed investment. In December 2016, the company launched an energy storage system called Ampd Silo, which aims to replace lead acid battery, Uninterruptable Power Supply systems and diesel generators in countries affected by frequent blackouts. Unlike many related companies such as Tesla and Sonnen, The Ampd Silo is aimed at on-grid energy storage.
The Ampd Silo uses 1,792 rechargeable lithium-ion batteries cells, with each Ampd Silo offering a storage capacity of 16.8 kWh. Ampd Energy has patented novel methods of assembling the cells. In early 2017, Ampd Silo received the CES2017 Innovation Award Honoree in the "Tech For a Better World" category; the company was shortlisted as one of the finalists in Engadgets best CES 2017 in the start-up category. In May 2017, co-founder and CEO, Brandon Ng, was named as a Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 honouree in the "Industry, Manufacturing & Energy" category. Lithium-ion battery Energy storage Standby generator Uninterruptible power supply Particulates Official website
MV Tricolor was a 50,000 tonne Norwegian-flagged vehicle carrier built in 1987, notable for having been involved in three English Channel collisions within a fortnight. MV Tricolor was launched in 1987 as Nosac Sun. At the time of her collision with Kariba she was operated by Wilh. Wilhelmsen. During the early hours of 14 December 2002, while traveling from Zeebrugge, Belgium to Southampton, U. K. with a load of nearly 3,000 automobiles, she collided with Kariba, a 1982 Bahamian-flagged container ship. Kariba was able to continue on, but Tricolor sank where she was struck, some 17 nautical miles north of the French coast within the French exclusive economic zone in the English Channel. While no lives were lost, the ship remained lodged on her side in the mud of the 30 metres deep waterway. A third vessel, MV Clary was alleged to have contributed to the collision in subsequent litigation as having caused an "embarrassment of navigation"; the sinking occurred off Dunkirk harbor, France’s most northerly seaport and France’s third largest port after Marseille and Le Havre.
Because of the location of the sunken vessel, at a point where two lanes combine in the Traffic Separation Scheme of the English Channel and the Southern part of the North Sea and the fact that she was just submerged, the wreck was considered as a hazard to navigation. The TSS at that location is one of the busiest shipping-lanes in the world. In December 2002 French authorities ordered the wreck to be removed, as it was perceived to represent a danger to shipping and the environment. Two more collisions happened with MV Tricolor in the days after the sinking. Following the sinking and due to its location in a busy point of a shipping lane, the wreck was guarded by the French maritime police patrol boat P671 Glaive and HMS Anglesey, in addition to two salvage vessels and three wreck buoys. Despite standard radio warnings, three guard ships, a lighted buoy, the Dutch vessel Nicola struck the wreck the next night and had to be towed free. After this two additional patrol ships and six more buoys were installed, including one with a Racon warning transponder.
However, on 1 January 2003 the loaded Turkish-registered fuel carrier Vicky struck the same wreck. The salvage operation of the Tricolor was carried out by a consortium of companies under the name Combinatie Berging Tricolor, led by the Dutch company Smit International, took well over a year; the consortium consisted of Smit Salvage, Scaldis Salvage, URS Salvage & Marine Contracting and Multraship Salvage. Starting in July 2003, the operation was declared complete on 27 October 2004; the salvage method included a carbide-encrusted cutting cable used to slice the wreck into nine sections of 3,000 tonnes each. This technique was similar to one Smit had used in salvaging most of the Russian nuclear submarine K-141 Kursk; the Dutch company CT Systems, together with Thales Navigation, handled the navigational aspects of the operation. The positioning equipment provided the required locational accuracy and, after using a side scan sonar, the debris was located and all the relevant positional information converted to a chart, enabling a systematic search and recovery of the remaining debris.
The cargo of 2,871 new cars – from premium German and Swedish manufacturers including BMW, Volvo and SAAB – was removed from the wreck and recycled for the metal component. Most oil was removed from the ship's tanks soon after it sank, but during the salvage there was a 540-tonne oil spill. Baltic Ace, another car carrier that sank in the North Sea in 2012. Cougar Ace, a car carrier with 4,812 vehicles which capsized but did not sink, in 2006. List of roll-on/roll-off vessel accidents Supplementary report to the inquiry into the collision between the car carrier Tricolor and the container vessel Kariba on 14 December 2002 near Westhinder - Bureau d'Enquêtes sur les Événements de Mer Rapport d’enquête complémentaire Abordage entre le navire transporteur de voitures TRICOLOR et le porte-conteneurs KARIBA - Bureau d'Enquêtes sur les Événements de Mer "New Tricolor spill spotted." BBC. Monday 8 September 2003. Photos of the wreck High-resolution photos of the sliced hull Salvage of sunken car carrier Tricolor on YouTube