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View Diary: [UPDATED] CA-11/Pombo: Jerry McNerney responds to Jerome a Paris (154 comments)

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  •  I think you're wrong on this (0+ / 0-)

    It's possible to seperate hydrogen on site preferably in the vehicle itself?  Where does the energy come from to do this?  There has to be an external energy source to put energy into the system.  Wind, nuclear, solar, coal, etc.  You can't simply fill a tank on your car up with water and expect to make hydrogen.  Pumping crude out of the ground, while it is dirty and bad for the environment, has a very high energy density.  Even with all the energy going into transporting it and refining, there is so much energy in the fuel that it makes it profitable.

    You aren't going to see hydrogen being used as automobile fuel until the storage and transportation problems are worked out and electricity becomes really, really, really cheap.  In the future we may have super cheap electricity from solar due to nanotechnology but as of now hydrogen is not economical.

    Fight global warming. Be a pirate.

    by Orangebeard on Sun May 14, 2006 at 09:15:13 PM PDT

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    •  Geez (0+ / 0-)

      Think maybe you could plug the car into an outlet to build up a fuel supply? Do you suppose a compressor could be added to increase fuel capacity?

      The ability exists to continue to power the separation process while the vehicle is in operation...your ignition system puts out around 40,000 volts, duplicating it is  a small feat.

      Crux of the problem...

      We need portable energy and hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe (we are running out of oil.) If you can't transport goods and services where they're needed, when they're needed, civilization collapses...how much is that worth?

      Will hydrogen be 'too expensive' when gas is $10 a gallon and you have to wait three hours in line to get it like we did in 1973/4?

      Parties divide, movements unite.

      by Gegner on Mon May 15, 2006 at 11:51:28 PM PDT

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