04 May '11, 3pm

Discovery of Cheap Catalyst Advances Case for Hydrogen Fuel

Do you really think there’s much chance that we’ll ever drive hydrogen-fueled cars? It looks like we’ll have affordable EVs with very good range (>200 miles), rapid charging (<10 minutes), and rapid charging stations in less than five years. Hydrogen has three hurdles to overcome – 1) cheap, non-natural gas production, 2) efficient, affordable storage/distribution, and 3) affordable, long-life fuel cells. Production and non-platinum fuel cells have made progress in the lab, but both are seemingly far from production. What works in the lab does not always transfer to real-world usage. Distribution would require creating an entirely new infrastructure of hydrogen "gas stations" and delivery trucks. Hydrogen is bulky and hard to contain. I can see hydrogen becoming a way for us to store energy in order to shift high supply to high demand, but I'm not optimistic about a hydrog...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/05/04/discovery-of-cheap-ca...

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