Energy News  





. Fuel Cell Vehicles Are The Best Pathway To Environmental And Energy Security

Hydrogen powered fuel cell vehicles are the best option for reducing US dependence on foreign oil.
by Staff Writers
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 01, 2008
Fuel cells and hydrogen fuel are the only motor vehicle technology option that will respond effectively to global warming during this century, according to a new analysis by a Washington expert in alternative fuels. "The hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle is the only option that can achieve the goal of reducing greenhouse gases by 60% or more below 1990 levels in the transportation sector," concludes Dr. C.E. Thomas in a new study.

"The second-best option, cellulosic ethanol plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs), could at best achieve a 20% reduction, and even then not until 2090."

The cost of a transition to hydrogen would be small compared to the cost of maintaining and expanding the current gasoline infrastructure, and that the benefits would far exceed the costs, according to Thomas' calculations.

Thomas also concluded that "the hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle is the only option that would virtually eliminate urban air pollution from the transportation sector by 2100; all other vehicle/fuel options including both gasoline and ethanol PHEVs would produce essentially the same or greater urban air pollution as the existing car fleet due to increased vehicle miles traveled."

Hydrogen powered fuel cell vehicles are the best option for reducing US dependence on foreign oil, Thomas added. He also said that they "will provide greater societal cost savings than any other alternative."

Utilizing several models and analytical tools, Thomas evaluated various configurations of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, bio-fuel and hydrogen vehicle pathways including associated infrastructure. He presented his findings today at the National Hydrogen Association meeting in Sacramento, CA. The results were released simultaneously in Washington, DC, by Fuel Cells 2000.

Thomas is co-founder and President of H2Gen Innovations, Inc., in Virginia. He has worked in advanced energy and hydrogen in the Washington area for the past 20 years.

Community
Email This Article
Comment On This Article

Related Links
Copy of the Full study
Powering The World in the 21st Century at Energy-Daily.com




Tempur-Pedic Mattress Comparison

Newsletters :: SpaceDaily Express :: SpaceWar Express :: TerraDaily Express :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News
Examples of eco-friendly measures in Swedish town of Vaexjoe
Vaexjoe, Sweden (AFP) March 31, 2008
The southern Swedish town of Vaexjoe is a world leader in environmental protection, with many international delegations visiting the town to see the measures it has implemented.

.
Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
  



  • Dynamotive Ships BioOil And Char From West Lorne And Guelph Plants
  • Fuel Cell Vehicles Are The Best Pathway To Environmental And Energy Security
  • Conocophillips Energy Prize To Recognize New Energy Ideas, Solutions
  • VeraSun Energy To Pass One Billion Gallons Of Ethanol Production Capacity

  • Outside View: A Russia-Japan nuclear pact
  • Westinghouse Wins Contract To Provide Fuel Supplies To Ukraine
  • ESA Satellite Technology Enhances Nuclear Monitoring
  • Egypt consolidates lead in Arab nuclear power race

  • Scientists Identify Origin Of Hiss In Upper Atmosphere
  • NASA Co-Sponsors Ocean Voyage To Probe Climate-Relevant Gases
  • Satellite Data To Deliver State-Of-The-Art Air Quality Information
  • New Model Revises Estimates Of Terrestrial Carbon Dioxide Uptake

  • Nigeria's forests to disappear by 2020: expert
  • Macedonia plants two million trees to revive its forests
  • Deforestation Worsening In Brazil Claims Greenpeace
  • Secrets Of Cooperation Between Trees And Fungi Revealed

  • Chips Could Speed Up Detection Of Livestock Viruses
  • Russia calls for sturgeon fishing ban in Caspian
  • Consensus reached to fight tuna overfishing: Japan
  • Climate Change Threatens Amazonian Small Farmers

  • Student Teams From Across The Americas Prepare To Help the World Use Less Fuel
  • Argonne Tests Validate BMW Hydrogen 7 Emissions Below SULEV
  • GridPoint And Duke Energy Conduct Test Of Smart Charging For Hybrid Vehicles
  • DONG Energy And Project Better Place Introduce Electric Vehicles In Denmark

  • Europe's EADS finds sweet home in Alabama despite uproar
  • A380 superjumbo makes European debut in London
  • Aviation industry must act fast on climate change: Airbus chief
  • Northrop, EADS to invest 600 mln dlrs in Alabama site

  • Nuclear Power In Space - Part 2
  • Outside View: Nuclear future in space
  • Nuclear Power In Space

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2007 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement