posted on Jun, 12 2003 @ 07:46 PM
Considering the idea of a hydrogen fuel cell has been around for nearly a century it sure hasn't progressed much. It is what I like to call a "3-5
year technology." Every 3-5 years someone else comes out claiming that it will be in daily use in another 3-5 years. I'm still waiting for this to
The hydrogen fuel cell has no future in America. Bush's plan to research it was just a ploy to look good to tree huggers in an attempt to get some
of them to vote for him again... This in the face of a whole host of anti-environmental laws aimed at making big business more money.
There are three main reasons a fuel cell won't work...
1. There is no infastructure in place to carry hydrogen in this country. Not only would stations have to be built but gas lines would have to be
2. It takes very refined and pure hydrogen to work. This requires a lot of power. As a result emmissions saved on the road could more than be made
up at power plants (such as coal). So it really wouldn't solve anything, it would just spread pollution some where else.
3. Fuel cells are very expensive to make. They contain rare metals such as Platnum. The cost of a fuel cell would be astronomical even if mass
produced. This doesn't even take into account the redesign, retooling costs of the auto makers.
The key to cleaner fuels can be found from two sources... Biodiesel for diesel powered vehicles and natural gas for gasoline buring vehicles. Both
of those alternative fuels can be be used currently with very little modification to current engines or infastructure.
We run Biodiesel in our hybrid, Viking 23, here at Western Washington University VRI.
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[Edited on 13-6-2003 by tacitblue]