Archive for the Hydrogen Energy Category

Scientists explore how the humble leaf could power the planet

Posted in Hydrogen Energy, Sustainable Energy on August 12, 2009 by Mark P. Line

Scientists explore how the humble leaf could power the planet

  • Artificial photosynthesis, eh? I guess I’d want to see how it’s going to be more cost effective with no more environmental impact than, say, you know, growing plants.
  • Funny. I submitted a project to the SpaceLab student outreach program back in 1973 when I was still in high school. The idea was to determine the feasibility of using hydroponic green algae as an energy and food source in space. My project was not selected to fly on the satellite.

Boris performs fuel cell U-turn

Posted in Fuel Cells, Global Warming, Hydrogen Energy, Sustainable Emissions, Sustainable Energy, Transition Towns, Transparent Government on August 7, 2008 by Mark P. Line

Boris performs fuel cell U-turn

  • I’m not going to blame Boris. Most of his constituents believe that global warming is a hoax.
  • Sixty vehicles for the entire London transport network is a nice gesture, but it’s hardly enough to motivate an original equipment manufacturer, is it.
  • The way out of this vicious cycle (neither manufacturers nor their customers want to put their money ahead of the coming economy of scale) is for jurisdictions such as Greater London to proactively protect the commons they’re charged with protecting in the first place: enact a short-timeline transition to zero vehicle emissions. That will make hydrogen vehicles very competitive, very fast.

Hydrogen: Energy Carrier or Energy Source?

Posted in Hydrogen Energy with tags , , , on August 3, 2008 by Mark P. Line

There is no question in my mind that we’re heading for a hydrogen economy, and that that’s a very good thing. But as readers of this blog will have recognized, I’m a stickler for getting the words right. In the lofty chambers of policymakers who will only ever have a vague understanding of science and technology, ill-chosen words lead to ill-begotten policies. On the great catastrophe surface of public opinion, misleading words lead to a duped populace.

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Small Steps Toward Big Energy Gains

Posted in Hydrogen Energy on August 2, 2008 by Mark P. Line

Small Steps Toward Big Energy Gains

  • More examples supporting my long-standing claim that the only real breakthroughs in sustainable energy technology are in new materials. Everything else has been cut-and-dried, but ignored, for centuries.

Hydrogen future doable, experts say

Posted in Hydrogen Energy on July 18, 2008 by Mark P. Line

Hydrogen future doable, experts say

  • $200 billion is chicken feed. All they have to do is cut back on the spending a little bit the next time they invade a foreign country.