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Tomorrow's energy : hydrogen, fuel cells, and the prospects for a cleaner planet

Author: Peter Hoffmann
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Rev. and expanded edView all editions and formats
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"Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe. An invisible, tasteless, colorless gas, it can be converted to nonpolluting, zero-emission, renewable energy. When burned in an internal combustion engine, hydrogen produces mostly harmless water vapor. It performs even better in fuel cells, which can be 2.5 times as efficient as internal-combustion engines. Zero-emission hydrogen does not contribute to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Hoffmann, Peter, 1935-
Tomorrow's energy.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2012
(DLC) 2011030564
(OCoLC)751780324
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Hoffmann
ISBN: 9780262301275 026230127X
OCLC Number: 776201988
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 367 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Why Hydrogen? The Grand Picture / Hydrogen's Discovery: Phlogiston and Inflammable Air / A History of Hydrogen Energy: The Reverend Cecil, Jules Verne, and the Redoubtable Mr. Erren / Primary Energy: Using Solar and Other Power to Make Hydrogen / Fuel Cells: Mr. Grove's Lovely Technology / Clean Contrails: The Orient Express, Phantom Eye, and LAPCAT / Hydrogen as Utility Gas: Hydricity, and the Invisible Flame / Nonenergy Uses of Hydrogen: Metallic H2, Biodegradable Plastics, and H2 Tofu / Safety: The Hindenburg Syndrome, or "Don't Paint Your Dirigible with Rocket Fuel" / The Next Fifty Years.
Responsibility: Peter Hoffmann.

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"Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe. An invisible, tasteless, colorless gas, it can be converted to nonpolluting, zero-emission, renewable energy. When burned in an internal combustion engine, hydrogen produces mostly harmless water vapor. It performs even better in fuel cells, which can be 2.5 times as efficient as internal-combustion engines. Zero-emission hydrogen does not contribute to CO2-caused global warming. Abundant and renewable, it is unlikely to be subject to geopolitical pressures or scarcity concerns. In this new edition of his pioneering book Tomorrow's Energy, Peter Hoffmann makes the case for hydrogen as the cornerstone of a new energy economy. Hoffmann covers the major aspects of hydrogen production, storage, transportation, fuel use, and safety. He explains that hydrogen is not an energy source but a carrier, like electricity, and introduces the concept of "hydricity," the essential interchangeability of electricity and hydrogen. He brings the hydrogen story up to date, reporting on the latest developments, including new hydrogen and fuel-cell cars from GM, Daimler, BMW, Honda, and Toyota. He describes recent political controversies, including Obama administration Energy Secretary (and Nobel laureate in Physics) Steven Chu's inexplicable dismissal of hydrogen--which puts him at odds with major automakers, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and others. Our current energy system is a complex infrastructure, and phasing in hydrogen will take effort and money. But if we consider the real costs of fossil fuels--pollution and its effects, international tensions over gas and oil supplies, and climate change--we would be wise to promote its development."

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