…The Hydrogen Hustle…
Hydrogen is suddenly center stage in the climate debate, and is capturing a disproportionate number of media headlines.
Hydrogen is being offered as the solution for eliminating CO2 emissions. For example, hydrogen is critical for eliminating CO2 emissions from the production of steel, and for reducing CO2 emissions from the making of cement.
The making of steel and cement account for 14% of worldwide CO2 emissions.
Hydrogen is also seen as a way to eliminate the use of natural gas.
Hydrogen is being promoted as the road to net zero CO2 emissions.
Hydrogen has become the new hot topic for conferences.
Corporations and local governments will need to learn how to manage this new prerequisite for eliminating CO2 emissions. There will be numerous organizations who will try to capitalize on this need.
Some conferences, such as H2Power, sponsored by SEPA and EPRI, will be free. Some, others, such as Hydrogen 2021, sponsored by Reuters and several companies, will charge a fee, perhaps $1,000 or more per person to attend.
Note that I will not attend any of these conferences. I do not want any organization to be able to accuse me of stealing their information.
Instead, I have spent the past several weeks putting together a reasonably complete, fact based, critique of hydrogen.
Hopefully, it will provide 99% of the information anyone will need, including corporations and local governments, to understand hydrogen. It will address the following: What is hydrogen; how is it produced; how it’s used; how it’s transported; and, how it’s stored. Plus anything else that seems important.
Information on hydrogen should be free and readily available to everyone in America.
Americans are being forced, directly and indirectly, to comply with rules for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Americans are paying, through taxes or higher prices, for the actions taken by governments and corporations to eliminate CO2 emissions.
For example, eliminating CO2 emissions from generating electricity by 2050 will cost $7.5 trillion dollars, every twenty years or so. See special report, Green Nightmare for Americans.
Some information about hydrogen is already available.
Appendix C, of The Looming Energy Crisis, provides a five-page introduction to hydrogen.
The primary purpose of The Looming Energy Crisis is to explain how the electric grid is being rigged in ways that increases the risk of blackouts, but it includes information on hydrogen because of its pending impact on the grid. The Looming Energy Crisis is one of two fact based sources on how the grid is being manipulated. The other is Meredith Angwin’s book, Shorting the Grid.
The hydrogen blitz will affect everyone, and it’s important for Americans to have the information they need to see how they are being hustled.
Spread the word that free information will be available soon. Please forward this article to all your friends so they can be ready to download the forthcoming special report.
Watch for the free report:
Hydrogen and Climate Change
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There are three issues with using H2 as a fuel:
1) It is expensive
2) There are only two reasonable sources, and one of them is fossil fuels
3) It is difficult and dangerous to store and transport.
Thanks for the comments. I hope you will refer the report to as many people as possible. It will enlarge on your comments.
Another great article. Hydrogen didn’t work too well with dirigibles and it won’t work now. It’s a waste of time and money. Anyone who thinks greenhouse gases are bad for the environment needs some CO2 therapy … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xcc5-ApXFm8
Thanks for your comments. I’m certain you will find the special report, Hydrogen and Climate Change, of great interest.
Very timely Donn – looking forward to the report. I worked for a startup that used sodium borohydride as the source of hydrogen. Even rode in a reconverted Bronco that ran on that hydrogen. This goes back to the early 2000s. It turned out to be too expensive to produce the sodium borohydride. But it was “Hydrogen on Demand” in that you only produced the hydrogen as you needed it, eliminating the need to store the hydrogen gas in the vehicle. It was fun!
Thanks for your comments. Your experience with sodium borohydride is interesting information. Here is a quote from an article I wrote during the early 2000s.
“Storing Hydrogen under high pressure in high-strength fiber-glass cylinders requires too much space and interferes with cost-effective design. Storing Hydrogen as a liquid, cryogenically, also takes up too much space and is more difficult to handle in an everyday fueling station.
Until now, hydrogen storage in metal hydrides has required too large or heavy a storage container or required several hours for refueling.
The breakthrough was accomplished by using light metal hydrides as nanocrystalline materials, prepared using high energy milling.
The nanocrystalline material allows complete refilling of the storage tank in minutes rather than hours as was previously the case. In addition new catalysts developed at GKSS enable absorption at room temperature and desorption at 200°C.”
Looking forward to the update Donn.
I am on Bloom Energy’s list for updates on their residential products….. I have been waiting for a decade.
In the mean time we have a back up gasoline generator for when PG&E implements their never ending PSPS’s.
Thanks for the comments. I looked up Bloom again, as I hadn’t stayed abreast of their activities. They are big supporters of climate action, as they would be with fuel cell and electrolyzer products.
Thanks for this report on hydrogen. I have shared it on FB, but somehow the little icon says that it has not been shared.
The full report should be published next Friday.
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