Two more hits last week.
The Orlando Sentinel: Hype for hydrogen
Some experts say that the dream of most Americans driving hydrogen fueled cars is slipping away.
Joseph Romm, a former alternative-energy researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy, and other scientists say the costs of creating the infrastructure needed for widespread use of hydrogen fuel in cars is equivalent to spending $10 or $20 a gallon of gasoline. [Not sure where he got that from. That’s only for hydrogen from solar electrolysis today.]
To make up your own mind, check out Romm’s book, The Hype About Hydrogen: Fact and Fiction in the Race to Save the Climate. [Great advice!]
“It’s kind of premature to be deploying infrastructure for a hydrogen highway, in part because there aren’t any practical cars,” says Joseph Romm, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and a former assistant energy secretary in the Clinton administration. “And I don’t expect there will be for quite some time. So driving (hydrogen-fuelled) cars up and down the West Coast is not something I expect a lot of people will be doing.”
By contrast, Romm notes, there are 180,000 gas stations in the United States.
“One reason why people like their cars and drive so much is they don’t have to worry they will have any trouble filling up.”
Most experts believe the cost of hydrogen-powered cars will come down as technology improves and mass manufacturing capabilities are developed. Even so, opinion is divided on whether consumers will ever warm to hydrogen cars.
“I seriously doubt most Americans will want to drive a car where they are one or two feet from a 5,000-pound-per-square-inch canister of hydrogen,” says Romm, author of Hell or High Water, which examines the viability of alternative fuels.