Author Archive | Hydro Kevin

Modern Pioneer Influences Hydrogen & Fuel Cell History

“I realized that energy was at the root of many security, development, and environment problems,”      Amory Lovins Doomsday prophet, socio-economic genius or automotive planner? — Neither. — A modern day automotive pioneer: a thinker, not a tinkerer. In 1976, Lovins, a young man in his 20s, presented an essay to Foreign Affairs, titled  “Energy […]

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Car Designer favours Hydrogen & Fuel Cell History

“A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist, and evolutionary strategist.” – Buckminster Fuller The 1973 oil embargo caused a number of changes in industry and society. It caused the (temporary) departure of the muscle cars and created an enthusiasm for small, fuel-efficient cars. It reduced highway speed limits, started emission […]

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Canada’s effect on Hydrogen & Fuel Cell History

“I don’t think we’re going to see the price of oil going down in the near future, that’s the reality.”      -Carly Fiorina, former Republican presidential candidate When fuel prices increase again –very likely– and supplies diminish –very certain– alternative fuels are the only alternative. Hydrogen and electricity are two such substitutes, and fuel cells […]

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Oil crisis’ effect on Hydrogen & Fuel Cell History

“We aren’t addicted to oil, but our cars are.”         – James Woolsey, national security and energy specialist Wake up World!  Do something! December 1973. Oil embargo. Panic. Fighting at the pumps. Mile long line-ups at refueling stations in cities everywhere. Petrol, petrol everywhere –underground-, but not a drop to burn. Frustration. —  Is this […]

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Countries advancing Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

“A lasting lesson of the crisis years is the power of markets and their ability to adjust to disruptions, if government allows them to.”      Daniel Yergin The 1973 oil embargo, the second oil crisis, got a large part of the world to think about how to manage its affairs with less and less of this […]

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Real Algae and Artificial Leaf Gain Breakthroughs in Hydrogen Production

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) scientists and researchers from Arizona State University (ASU) have been working on using both natural plant life and artificial leaves (respectively) in order to create hydrogen gas. NREL scientists are tweaking two iron-sulfur-containing ferredoxins of a certain strain of algae while the ASU researchers are working with artificial photosynthesis. According […]

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Forbes Pokes Fun at Hydrogen Car Development in California

Michael Lynch, a contributor to Forbes, has written a funny “future” overview of hydrogen car development in California. Mr. Lynch’s satirical prognostication pokes fun at the government and governor of California. According to Mr. Lynch, “In January 2015, with hydrogen vehicles still costing nearly $100,000, the state of California decides to hold auto executives hostage. […]

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Commercial Hyundai FCEV to Rollout within 60 Days

People have been clamoring for the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to roll out to the public and now Hyundai will do so within the next 60 days. The target area for the rollouts will be in Los Angeles and Orange counties of Southern California. The cost of the 36 month lease will be $2,999 […]

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China: Choosing hydrail?

by Guest Blogger Stan Thompson A version of this post originally appeared January 12, 2014, in my Mooresville [NC] Tribune newspaper column. Last month, when China’s Jade Rabbit lunar explorer touched down on the moon, it may have given the world a hint about that country’s railroad vision. As the pundits observed, China didn’t replicate the American […]

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Drop-in Hydrogen Fueling Stations Designed by Students

Yesterday, I talked about the need in Whistler, B. C., Canada for better hydrogen refueling infrastructure in order to save their fuel cell bus program. Today, I would like to talk about a student contest for building drop-in hydrogen fueling stations that could be a solution for Whistler. The aim of the 2014 Hydrogen Student […]

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