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The 40 Fires Foundation is a not-for-profit company registered in England and Wales and incorporated in February 2009. It grew out of [Riversimple LLP|http://www.riversimple.com], a business which since 1999 has been developing a revolutionary type of car designed to dramatically reduce the environmental impact of cars.
40 Fires is a not-for-profit foundation registered in England and Wales and incorporated in February 2009. The foundation grew out of [Riversimple LLP|http://www.riversimple.com]that has been developing a revolutionary type of car designed to dramatically reduce the environmental impact of cars.
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40 Fires intends to apply for registration as a charity with the [UK Charity Commission|http://www.charitycommission.org].
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40 is a shorthand for a large number, representing the ambition for the Foundation to engage and benefit a very large number of people. 40 is used regularly in the Bible to express a very large number. Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness, it rained for 40 days and 40 days when God wanted to cleanse the world, Moses was on the mount for 40 days, and so on.
40 is a shorthand for a large number, representing the ambition for the Foundation to engage and benefit a very large number of people. 40 is used regularly in the Bible to express a very large number.
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This is the number one issue with hydrogen powered vehicles - the lack of infrastructure. There are only a few refuelling stations for hydrogen in Europe, in Stockholm, Hamburg and Berlin among other places. The reason our first project is an urban vehicle is so that we can introduce refuelling stations one by one in small cities, servicing a few hundred cars. In time a network of refuelling will develop, eventually allowing inter-urban vehicles to be produced.
This is the number one issue with hydrogen powered vehicles - the lack of infrastructure. There are only a few refuelling stations for hydrogen in Europe. The reason our first project is an urban vehicle is so that we can introduce refuelling stations one by one in small cities, servicing a few hundred cars. In time a network of refuelling will develop, eventually allowing inter-urban vehicles to be produced.
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One of those manufacturers will be [Riversimple|http://www.riversimple.com], the founding sponsor of 40 Fires. [Riversimple|http://www.riversimple.com] aims to start manufacturing cars based on 40 Fires designs in 2013. Even these cars will not be for sale – [Riversimple|http://www.riversimple.com] will retain ownership and will only lease the vehicles to users.
One of those manufacturers will be [Riversimple|http://www.riversimple.com], the founding sponsor of 40 Fires.
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Yes, provided they sign up to the manufacturing license and agree to abide by the aims and principles of 40 Fires (these principles will be developed by the community in coming months). The manufacturing license is not yet drafted and we will be seeking input from the community as to what the terms should be. In the meantime manufacturing using 40 Fires data is forbidden except for small quantities for development purposes.
Yes, provided they sign up to the manufacturing license and agree to abide by the aims and principles of 40 Fires.
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We expect that the license conditions will include a moderate license fee (eg £5 or £10 per vehicle), based on cars produced, designed to cover 40 Fires running costs.
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! What if I already have intellectual property rights in technology that might be used in the car. Can I get involved without losing my rights?
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! What if someone already has intellectual property rights in technology that might be used in the car. Can they get involved?
Yes. There is no need for you to surrender your rights if you want to collaborate with the open source design process. Many parts of the car will be protected by patents or other rights. For example, the fuel cell Riversimple has used in its technology demonstrator is owned and patented by a Singaporean-based company. Similarly the electric motors, the tyres, the steering wheel and many of the electronic components were obtained from third party suppliers who have made no commitment to make their technology available under an open source license. Much of the detailed designs for the car will be made available under an open source license but certainly not all.
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There is no need for someone to surrender their rights if they collaborate with the open source design process. Many parts of the car will be protected by patents or other rights. For example, the fuel cell Riversimple has used in its technology demonstrator is owned and patented by a Singaporean-based company. Similarly the electric motors, the tyres, the steering wheel and many of the electronic components were obtained from third party suppliers who have made no commitment to make their technology available under an open source license. Much of the detailed designs for the car will be made available under an open source license but certainly not all.
The parts of the design which are owned by Riversimple will be licensed for free to the 40 Fires Foundation. Riversimple and other members of the community will then collaborate to design the production prototype of the vehicle.
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The parts of the design which are owned by Riversimple will be licensed for free to the 40 Fires Foundation. Riversimple and other members of the community will then collaborate to design the production prototype of the vehicle. Virtually all of the design activity for the vehicle will take place within the framework of 40 Fires. Riversimple will employ its own engineers and is not bound to follow what the community decides, but it will be very influential.
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The owner of a technology can propose the technology to the 40 Fires community and provide enough information (including the commercial terms under which the technology might be available) so that the community can make a decision about whether this is the best technology for the car. Any manufacturer (such as Riversimple) choosing to make the car can then enter into an agreement directly with the rights owner to buy components or use the technology in the car.
You as the owner of technology can propose the technology to the 40 Fires community and provide enough information (including the commercial terms under which the technology might be available) so that the community can make a decision about whether this is the best technology for the car. Any manufacturer (such as Riversimple) choosing to make the vehicle can then enter into an agreement directly with the rights owner to buy the components or use the technology in the vehicle.
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It is a membership-based company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales. It is a not-for-profit organisation and we will shortly be submitting an application for charitable status to the UK Charity Commission.
It is a membership-based company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales. It is a not-for-profit organisation.
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The members are currently Fiona Clancy, [Hugo Spowers|HugoSpowers], [Patrick Andrews|Patrick Andrews], Roland Whitehead, Adam Brett and [Anthony Dawton], all of whom have made a significant contribution to getting the Foundation established.
The members are currently [Hugo Spowers|HugoSpowers], [Patrick Andrews|Patrick Andrews], Roland Whitehead, Adam Brett and [Anthony Dawton], all of whom have made a significant contribution to getting the Foundation established.
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We expect to add new members regularly over the coming months as new contributors appear. In order to become a member you must be nominated by an existing member and then put to a vote of the existing membership.
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To get involved, send an e-mail describing your interests and what you have to offer to participate@40fires.org and we'll contact you.
To get involved, follow www.riversimple.com and send us an e-mail describing your interests.
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