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Originally posted by ben91069
From what I have read, and by all means I am not an expert, hydrogen is not going to replace oil anytime soon. The wonderful thing about Hydrogen is that it exists in vast quantities in the water molecule. The bad thing is, that it takes more energy to split a water molecule into Hydrogen and Oxygen than the energy gained.
The benefit of H, is that when it is burned, it combines with O in the atmosphere and turns back into water - ZERO emissions and greenhouse gasses.
Originally posted by SimonColynAdrian
The separation of Hydrogen from Oxygen in water molecules is as simple as running an electric current through the water. This process, applied in reverse, creates electricity. See www.geocities.com... for a simplified explanation of how the process works, as well as some drawbacks.
Originally posted by Chris McGee
To extract hydrogen you only need electricity which is not the case with oil.
You can use solar cells or wind power or any clean source of electricity to separate the hydrogen. By doing it this way you have a completely clean source of energy.
[edit on 3-6-2005 by Chris McGee]
Originally posted by alawler
Yea there probably will be much better, rechargable batteries but unless we can perfect free-energy [as in the brakes or rotation of the tires charges the battery or something] and make it 100% efficient, you are still going to have to pay high prices every night when you go home to charge your car. Unless we can find a better way to create energy [compared to coal or other powerplants] such as Nuclear power, then rechargable cars arent a viable option.
Natural gas wont last long with the consumption rate we have nowadays so i think that nuclear power for the extraction of hydrogen is the best way to go about replacing oil currently.
Originally posted by SimonColynAdrian
Cynicism and doubting are the enemies of innovation.
Originally posted by Chimaera
I believe Iceland already has enough hydrogen fuel stations to service their entire island. Their transition to hydrogen will be very smooth.
Hydro: Iceland Project
Iceland intends to become the world's first hydrogen-based society, becoming fossil fuel free between 2030 and 2050.
Iceland has an abundant supply of geothermal energy, used for power production and heating, plus considerable hydroelectric resources. In addition, there are excellent opportunities for exploiting wind energy.
INE's goal is to promote opportunities for the environmentally friendly production and use of hydrogen and fuel cells for different purposes on Iceland, thus realizing the Icelandic hydrogen vision.
As hydrogen is stored energy, there has been a discussion on Iceland regarding the possibility of producing hydrogen renewably for the European market. EURO-Hyport is a project pre-study looking into opportunities for large-scale hydrogen production, based on electrolysis and renewable power production, and how this can become a new, green export to Europe.
Hydrogen fuel cells for fishing fleet
INE will also look into the possibility of Iceland's fishing fleet using hydrogen, as the fuel currently used by the fleet adds greatly to the country's CO2 emissions. However, the technology has not yet advanced sufficiently to allow this.
Hydro: Hydrogen - fuel of the future
Hydrogen has the best potential of becoming the fuel of the future. Hydrogen can be produced from sustainable, renewable sources and may contribute to meet the growth in world energy demand.
Hydrogen is a carbon-free energy carrier. When used in fuel cells, there are no harmful emissions.
Production of hydrogen is relatively simple compared to processes to make conventional fuels. As a consequence, nobody will be able to control the supply of hydrogen. Hydrogen may create a freedom in the use of energy for transportation, in a similar way that internet made mass communication available to anyone with a PC and a phone line.
Originally posted by deltaboy
the last thing u want to have in the car is hydrogen which is unstable, can u imagine a million cars blowing up per day.. they have to make sure the technology is safe to use otherwise their be lawsuits, only to those who survived or has relatives that can do it for them.
Hydro: CUTE - Clean Urban Transport in Europe
CUTE is the first significant effort to demonstrate pan-European hydrogen supply and use for transportation purposes. CUTE entails testing 27 hydrogen fuel cell busses in nine European cities from 2003 until 2006.
The project will have a large impact on hydrogen use in the European transport sector.
Fuel Cell Bus Club
During the H2Expo on 31 August and 1 September 2005 you will have the opportunity to take a ride on one of the CUTE buses and to visit the Hamburg hydrogen filling station as part of the Site Tours programme.