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…  See more details below

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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.

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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
Acknowledgments
1Why Hydrogen? Buckminster Fuller, Sheikh Yamani, and Bill Clinton1
2Hydrogen's Discovery: Phlogiston and Inflammable Air19
3A History of Hydrogen Energy: The Reverend Cecil, Jules Verne, and the Redoubtable Mr. Erren27
4Producing Hydrogen from Water, Natural Gas, and Green Plants53
5Primary Energy: Using Solar and Other Power to Make Hydrogen79
6Hydrogen for Cars and Buses: Steaming Tailpipes99
7Fuel Cells: Mr. Grove's Lovely Technology141
8Hydrogen in Aerospace: Clean Contrails and the Orient Express161
9Hydrogen as Utility Gas: The Invisible Flame187
10Non-Energy Uses of Hydrogen: Metallic H[subscript 2], Biodegradable Plastic, and H[subscript 2] Tofu211
11Safety: The Hindenburg Syndrome, or "Don't Paint Your Dirigible with Rocket Fuel"233
12The Next 100 Years247
Notes265
Index283

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