Hydrogen is not a fuel

There is talk of a “hydrogen economy.” Australia’s prime minister, desperate to distract from his government’s failures, has promised to put lots of money into it in the (completely unlikely) event of being re-elected.

It’s a mirage.

Hydrogen is not a fuel, but a battery, because you need energy to produce it. And it has two major problems compared to other batteries: the tiny hydrogen molecule leaks out of everything, and it is highly corrosive.

Lloyd Alter has calculated how many solar panels it would take to fill a car with hydrogen. He demonstrates the ridiculousness of the idea.

His short essay is well worth a read.

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About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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