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3,062 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 16 years ago by thistleking

Do you think switching to a hydrogen-based fuel economy will solve our woes?

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16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 7/15/05 - 11:53:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
The whole crux of the hydrogen economy, in my opinion, is where the hydrogen comes from. If it comes from converting natural gas (as it usually does today), we will still have most of the same problems, except that hydrogen will burn somewhat cleaner. To be a major revolution, the hydrogen will need to be constantly used and regenerated by an appropriate fuel cell. Then it would be a renewable resource. Many engineers and scientists are working on this very problem all over the world.

The ultimate vehicle for cleanliness and renewability would be one powered directly through solar panels (or charged from a solar power plant). There are many, many challenging technical and politcal issues with this, however.

16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 7/19/05 - 2:39:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 7/19/05 - 2:41:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think oil, we'd be looking (Drilling?) for natural gas all over.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 7/26/05 - 1:09:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
It should solve some of them. But, it'll add others.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 8/5/05 - 9:09:51 AM EST (GMT-5)
I doubt its ever that simple.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 8/16/05 - 11:12:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
It would be cool if they went off like hydrogen bombs when they crashed.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 8/16/05 - 11:19:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's no fix-all solution, but it'll certainly help. Besides weaning the west off middle-eastern oil, which is a dependance that is seriously destabilizing world politics, it'll be a lot more friendly environmentally if countries can produce the hydrogen without burning coal/oil/gas to do so, otherwise, we'll just be moving the pollution from the cars to the powerplants.

I foresee a lot of new nuclear plants, along with hydro power, geothermal and maybe some solar.

Also, I have high hopes for the development of viable fusion power.

16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 9/1/05 - 7:52:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
No because you need oil/gas in order to produce the hydrogen. And do we really want anymore nuclear plants?
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 9/1/05 - 7:54:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
^They're actually not so bad. As long as they are properly maintained, security is good and the waste is disposed of properly, it's a lot better than coal/oil/gas power.
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 9/7/05 - 7:36:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
^ Given their track record, that seems like a lot to ask of a government-run utility. :/
16 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 10/9/05 - 7:02:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
i think we're all goign to blow up in a nuclear war
16 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 10/14/05 - 7:33:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
At this point nothing will solve our woes. Let's just hope that we find somewhere else to live.
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 11/14/05 - 5:01:33 AM EST (GMT-5)
What I'd like to know is how the climate will change if most, or even all, cars would switch to hydrogen. All those engines will throw large amounts of water (vapor) into the atmosphere.
Talk about greenhouse-effect: temperatures will rise and don't forget to bring your umbrella (where ever you go).
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 11/25/05 - 3:46:17 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 10/9/2005 7:02:05 PM hglazm wrote:
i think we're all goign to blow up in a nuclear war

Hmmm. Slightly off topic...

16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 11/28/05 - 2:10:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
You dont need to get hydrogen from natural gas. You get it from water. H2O. A hydrogen car is really an electrical car. When hydrogen bonds to oxygen, oxygen gives off an electron which the car uses to make it go. How do you get hydrogen from water? Add electricity (little more complicated then that but you get the point). The "gas" station could make its own hydrogen from water and whatever power source is used in the area. Yay hydrogen.
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 11/28/05 - 2:14:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
I doubt it.
There will always be problems.
16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 12/8/05 - 7:20:11 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, just temporarily impair them.
16 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 2/10/06 - 3:03:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
I dont think making all previous cars obsolete is the answer to this at all, there is one source of fuel that no one except GM seem to recognize, Ethanol, which is, by the way, made from corn. all cars can be modified to run on ethanol for a very cheap price and the exhaust is water.
Ethanol is generally about 20% of gasoline as it is today, I hear new york is starting to put 80% ethanol in their gas.

14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 8/25/07 - 2:31:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
I doubt it would "solve" our woes...but it would be a start.

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