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Re: [cdn-nucl-l] Hydrogen fuel firms agree to merge
Adam Mclean wrote:
> One example of a metal hydride hydrogen storage approach - check this out:
Very interesting. It looks like progress is being made. When I was
looking at hydrogen in some detail about eighteen months ago I figured
out that for compressed hydrogen we would need three times as many
trucks as we currently use for gasoline. These trucks would be going
back and forth on the roads to fill up the refueling stations. I
figured that this would really clog up the roads.
The "Safe Hydrogen" link above appears to show progress in this area,
though still not any real improvement. I think they represent about
twice as many trucks as we currently use.
Some big oil company will buy them out if they start to come up with
anything that really works and we will hear no more about them.
Using similar slurry techniques it is possible to create various
liquids that can store energy, and some sort of fuel cell device can
extract this energy as electricity. The ones that I have read about
used zinc. One company was making lots of noise about zinc for a
while, then got bought out and went silent.
We don't want trucks driving around to move energy. We should move
energy through the electricity grid. That means you should refuel
your car or robot by plugging it in at your house. We need a machine
that returns the exhausted slurry to a high energy slurry on a small
scale. This reconstitution might be done at a neighbourhood level and
the car driver picks up fuels bundles and drops off exhausted bundles
much like we do now with gasoline refueling.
All these requirements are technically solved now. There are many
options for setting up something like this. However, there is no way
to overcome the gasoline industry financial muscle which will be
applied vigorously to prevent this from happening. What I am saying
is the technology exists but the market does not exist at present.
My objective is to create this market - to have fission generated
electricity move energy to the places where we need it, including all
mobile applications. We should use oil to make plastic and other
useful chemicals - we should not burn it to move cars.
Randal Leavitt gnupg public key: bbbad04d
Registered User 267646 at http://counter.li.org/