“Hydrogen Fuel Finally Graduating From Lab to City Streets”

An F-Cell Vehicle is Fueled at a Hydrogen Pumping Station

A Daimler AG Mercedes-Benz F-Cell vehicle is fueled at a public hydrogen pumping station in Fountain Valley. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

BloombergBusinessweek recently posted an interesting article about the progress of the “hydrogen economy.” In a balanced overview, the article by Chris Martin pointed out: “California is participating in an eight-state effort to get 3.3 million zero-emission cars on the road by 2025, powered by either fuel cells or batteries.” 

Of particular interest to us were these concluding remarks: “In the future, suppliers may tap excess power from wind and solar farms to make hydrogen, reducing the carbon emissions that come when it’s derived from gas, said Michael Beckman, vice president of hydrogen fueling at Linde AG (LIN), the world’s largest industrial gas supplier. “In three to five years you will see that become more prevalent,” Beckman said. “Wind and solar can make hydrogen cheap when the grid doesn’t need the power.”

 

We put it a bit differently, “Excess renewable energy? Make hydrogen and never visit a fuel dock again.” 

 

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