Not to mention an affordable fuel cell is only one of the breakthroughs needed to make the concept viable.
Honda opens solar hydrogen station in Japan's Saitama Prefecture - ABG
What a waste of energy.The station, which uses both juice from the grid and solar power, can produce 1.5 kilograms of hydrogen in 24 hours. That's enough to power an FCX Clarity for about 90 miles. In addition, Honda also added an electrical outlet to the FCX Clarity so that the car can function as a power source.
Hydrogen is one of those things that I don't mind seeing research in but is nowhere close to ready. The cost of Fuel Cells is too high by a factor of 20 or so and the cost of producing hydrogen is too high. One day it may be something we use, but probably not for 50 years.
I don't mind seeing government research projects, but I don't like it when people try to pitch it as an alternative to BEVs since BEVs are ready, we just need to deploy.
A hydrogen economy might make sense if you are a country that has a huge abundance of natural gas (the most efficient way to make hydrogen) or if you lots of extra renewable generation capacity (and no other viable form of energy storage besides from hydrogen nor do you have a matching load). Nuclear plants may also generate hydrogen relatively cheaply (although this hasn't really been done commercial in any big way).
But going forward, esp. in a renewable energy future (where the capacity in general matches the load and there are other cheaper forms of energy storage, like pumped storage), it doesn't really make sense overall.
Because there are tons of crazy people in this world...
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