Tomorrow's Energy: Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and the Prospects for a Cleaner Planet / Edition 1

Tomorrow's Energy: Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and the Prospects for a Cleaner Planet / Edition 1

by Peter Hoffmann
     
 

ISBN-10: 026258221X

ISBN-13: 9780262582216

Pub. Date: 03/23/2007

Publisher: Afterall Books

Hydrogen is the quintessential eco-fuel. This invisible, tasteless gas is the most abundant element in the universe. It is the basic building block and fuel of stars and an essential raw material in innumerable biological and chemical processes. As a completely nonpolluting fuel, it may hold the answer to growing environmental concerns about atmospheric accumulation

Overview

Hydrogen is the quintessential eco-fuel. This invisible, tasteless gas is the most abundant element in the universe. It is the basic building block and fuel of stars and an essential raw material in innumerable biological and chemical processes. As a completely nonpolluting fuel, it may hold the answer to growing environmental concerns about atmospheric accumulation of carbon dioxide and the resultant Greenhouse Effect. In this book Peter Hoffmann describes current research toward a hydrogen-based economy. He presents the history of hydrogen energy and discusses the environmental dangers of continued dependence on fossil fuels.

Hydrogen is not an energy source but a carrier that, like electricity, must be manufactured. Today hydrogen is manufactured by "decarbonizing" fossil fuels. In the future it will be derived from water and solar energy and perhaps from "cleaner" versions of nuclear energy. Because it can be made by a variety of methods, Hoffmann argues, it can be easily adapted by different countries and economies. Hoffmann acknowledges the social, political, and economic difficulties in replacing current energy systems with an entirely new one. Although the process of converting to a hydrogen-based economy would be complex, he demonstrates that the environmental and health benefits would far outweigh the costs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262582216
Publisher:
Afterall Books
Publication date:
03/23/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Preface and Acknowledgments xi

1 Why Hydrogen? The Grand Picture 1

2 Hydrogen's Discovery: Phlogiston and Inflammable Air 19

3 A History of Hydrogen Energy: The Reverend Cecil, Jules Verne, and the Redoubtable Mr. Erren 27

4 Producing Hydrogen from Water, Natural Gas, and Green Plants 65

5 Primary Energy: Using Solar and Other Power to Make Hydrogen 89

6 Terra Transport: Hydrogen for Cars, Buses, Bikes, and Boats 117

7 Fuel Cells: Mr. Grove's Lovely Technology 171

8 Clean Contrails: The Orient Express, Phantom Eye, and LAPCAT 201

9 Hydrogen as Utility Gas: Hydricity, and the Invisible Flame 231

10 Nonenergy Uses of Hydrogen: Metallic H2, Biodegradable Plastics, and H2 Tofu 253

11 Safety: The Hindenburg Syndrome, or "Don't Paint Your Dirigible with Rocket Fuel" 279

12 The Next Fifty Years 291

Notes 311

Index 331

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