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FW: [cdn-nucl-l] "Carbon tubes could store hydrogen fuel"
From: Franta, Jaroslav [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, November 08, 1999 2:25 PM
Subject: [cdn-nucl-l] "Carbon tubes could store hydrogen fuel"
On Monday, November 8, 1999 Published at 09:16 GMT
BBC Sci/Tech wrote:
<<...>> Carbon tubes could store hydrogen fuel
Chinese and American scientists have developed a method of storing high
quantities of hydrogen inside tiny tubes of carbon just two nanometres
(billionths of a metre) across.
The development is another step in the search for technical solutions to the
problems that currently prevent hydrogen from being used as a practical,
The gas produces no pollution and no greenhouse emissions when burned in
pure oxygen and is considered by many to be the clean energy of the future
and a replacement for fossil fuels when current reserves run out.
Well, I'll go along with no pollution, but the water vapor produced when
hydrogen is burned in oxygen is certainly a greenhouse gas. Whether a hydrogen
economy would produce enough extra water vapor to significantly increase the
existing greenhouse effect of atmospheric water vapor is different question,
Further, with the exception of using nuclear power to electrolytically split
water, most of the current and proposed technologies for producing hydrogen also
produce or have the potential to produce greenhouse gases (and pollution, not to
put too much of an edge on it).
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
These comments are mine and have not been reviewed and/or approved by my
management or by the US Department of Energy.