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Since Iceland is so geographically remote and lacking in a lot of natural resources they have been looking for ways to harness the power they do have. Two things that Iceland does have in abundance are ice and geothermal energy. Iceland has been making a major push into using hydrogen as a fuel and producing it locally with the heat energy from within the earth.

Quantum Technologies will be providing hydrogen-fueled hybrid Priuses for Iceland's SMART-H2 project. The hydrogen powered vehicles will be used by local energy companies and the local Hertz agency. If things work out, the program will be expanded in 2008-9.

[Source: Talk About Cars]


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      • 2 Months Ago
      What about transforming that heat in electricity to power electric vehicles rather than making hydrogen? Why waste so much energy?

      If storing electricity is a problem and batteries aren't deemed a good solution, for whatever reason, then flywheels would be a good choice.

      I'll never understand what drives such decisions...
      • 2 Months Ago
      Is the 80 to 150 mile range sufficient?
      How much does a Kg of H2 costs in Iceland?
      How many Icelanders are willing to pay more than $100,000 for a H2ICE Prius? (the conversion is over $80,000).

      In the long run, it probably doesn't matter. Battery electrics are cheaper, more efficient, cost less to run, and may even get a longer driving range.
      • 2 Months Ago
      Iceland is a proving ground for hydrogen-powered vehicles. Fuel cost $5 a LITRE there the last time I checked, and I doubt thing's have been improving much since.

      Iceland is probably the only country I'd immigrate to.
      • 2 Months Ago
      Great article...I would recommend geothermal energy to everyone, and as an investor i would recommend its stock due to its potential growth margins. Here is a report that details this...

      http://www.whiskeyandgunpowder.com/Report/geoWP.html