The future of hydrogen vehicles is both promising and full of questions. Everyone from Nissan to Toyota to Mercedes-Benz (the F-125! concept is pictured) continues to work on the technology, but it still trails battery-electric powertrains in real-world sales and use. The good news for H2 advocates in America is that an increase in government funding for hydrogen vehicles was included in the Omnibus Appropriations bill that passed the U.S. Senate last week. The bill looks likely to get the Presi
53RETECH 2009: hydrogen proponent Sandy Thomas says fuel cells beat the pants off of battery-powered cars
At the American Council on Renewable Energy's RETECH conference and expo last week, I was able to listen to a few presentations on renewables and transportation. It's always interesting to hear about the auto industry from people on the outside, and the RETECH presentations lived up to expectations. I'll be writing about a few of them this week.
A Virginia company, H2Gen, makes a hydrogen-extraction device that basically (very basically) sucks the hydrogen right out of natural gas (see the graph for a (somewhat) more detailed explanation). An Orlando Chevron station has acquired one of their units and is currently testing the viability of using it for producing hydrogen right at the point of purchase. If the test works out, one more stumbling block, transportation of hydrogen, could be removed in some cases.