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  •  An anti-fuel-cell is needed (1+ / 0-)
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    jamess

    And by that I mean something that turns water into hydrogen and oxygen as efficiently as these fuel cells turn hydrogen and oxygen into water and electricity.

    Then, some clean electricity (wind, solar) plus water and the anti-fuel-cell will yield hydrogen where ever you need it. Stations could make their hydrogen on-site. We already have the transport infrastructure - water pipes!

    What's better is that we could then use the same tech to completely eliminate fossil fuels. How? Generate enough solar and wind power during the day to not only power stuff being used now, but also store plenty of excess in hydrogen. When night hits or the wind calms, use the hydrogen for power.

    It doesn't even have to be huge-scale. People could put such systems in their own homes.

    Another thing that's needed is better hydrogen storage, and things are progressing on that front too.

    Follow that up with a decrease in the minimum pressure needed for fuel cells to work and the tech might become ready for prime time.

    It's still a ways off but things are progressing quicker and quicker as time goes on. It's a race versus batteries at this point, although batteries have their own problems as they can be emission-instensive in construction.

    The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them. - Albert Einstein.

    by Cvstos on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 06:55:01 PM PDT

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