The rush into a hydrogen economy is neither supported by energy
efficiency arguments nor justified with respect to economy or
ecology. In fact, it appears that hydrogen will not play an important
role in a sustainable energy economy because the synthetic
energy carrier cannot be more efficient than the energy from
which it is made. Renewable electricity is better distributed by
electrons than by hydrogen.
Consequently, the hasty introduction of hydrogen as an
energy carrier cannot be a stepping stone into a sustainable
energy future. The opposite may be true. Because of the wastefulness
of a hydrogen economy, the promotion of hydrogen may
counteract all reasonable measures of energy conservation.
Even worse, the forced transition to a hydrogen economy may
prevent the establishment of a sustainable energy economy
based on an intelligent use of precious renewable resources.