31 Oct '11, 4pm

Hybrid power plant turns wind directly into automotive fuel:

Hybrid power plant turns wind directly into automotive fuel:

Enertrag is a new hybrid power plant whose parent company invites you to "drive to [your] local petrol station and fill up with 50 litres of wind … !!!" Three exclamation points! Renewable energy has made Germans so adorable. Their website even has a picture of German chancellor Angela Merkel showing off a tank of hydrogen gas like it's a baby panda . The idea is simple: Use tried-and-true methods to transform wind power into electricity, which is used to electrolyze water and strip out the hydrogen, which can then be used as automobile fuel or burned in a combined heat and power plant. This is the kind of thing we'd be doing in the U.S. if we weren't convinced that the next 100 years of our crumbling neo-feudal empire should be fueled entirely by dinosaur farts.

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