We have several new fuel cell technologies that will be described below. Our private enterprise system is not exploiting these new technologies why invest money for a bigger payday later on when you can do nothing and keep collecting money now seems to be the big three car makers attitude.
Since Private Enterprise or Capitalism is inherently lazy the Tucker car, the way the big three ignored fuel injection, fought against air bags, hybrid cars, GM killing the electric car all come to mind of examples of just the big three car makers being lazy since they won’t do the job Government must step in now.
Because we can’t afford not to be the first to have large scale production of fuel cell cars when oil prices are sky high and likely to go even higher in the future. Imagine if Japan or the EU begins large scale production of Fuel cell cars before we do just how many automotive jobs would be lost?
First Government must test all the new cheaper non-platinum catalysts for fuel cells and see what is cheapest, provides the most power, the longest fuel cell life and is easiest to manufacture.
Second we need to set a government standard for fuel cells so economies of scale can be realized. No more having independent parts makers make parts for a GM car then have to shut down and retool to make the same part just a different size for Ford and then do the same thing for Chrysler, Toyota etc. If all new cars are using fuel cells then the size can be standardized and adjusted only for the size of the car.
Third we need hydrogen refueling stations and plants to separate hydrogen from water.
Below is a list of links of new fuel cell tech
Fuel Cells cost too much you say?
Albuquerque’s Verge Fund is betting $1 million on a new catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells that could cut production costs by ten fold or more.
Pajarito’s technology is based on breakthroughs at the University of New Mexico, Michigan State University and Los Alamos National Laboratories. All three have developed non-platinum catalysts that include polymer and metals, such as iron and cobalt, to initiate the chemical reactions that make hydrogen fuel cells work
If production costs get just as low as the cost of current car engines then the cost of making fuel cell cars should not be a problem.
But what about the cost of Fuel also hydrogen has storage issues ( you can’t compress enough hydrogen to fit in your gas tank to drive far). Not a problem! Hydrnol is a molecule that when added to hydrogen makes hydrogen inert in your gas tank and lets you compress hydrogen more! Hydrnol is also
–Cost Effective with Oil at
According to the International Monetary Fund, a $10-a-barrel increase in the price of oil reduces U.S. GDP growth by 0.5 percentage points.
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We can increase GDP more than a full percentage point if we go hydrogen!
To build a business model for line haul, coast-to-coast, zero emission big rig trucking — there are three major obstacles to overcome. Hydrnol is the solution to two of those obstacles.”
The first obstacle is getting a meaningful amount of hydrogen on board the truck. Current commercially viable technologies limit that amount to approximately 40 KG of compressed hydrogen, which effectively limits the range to a maximum of 400 miles in drayage applications. Hydrnol solves this problem by allowing Vision’s trucks to carry 110 KG of hydrogen in an easy to handle liquid format, thereby providing up to 1,100 miles in drayage application or a 650 mile range at highway speeds.
Since Hydrnol is an easy-to-handle liquid, an infrastructure roll-out utilizing existing fueling equipment is very straightforward. Installing Hydrnol storage and dispensing infrastructure at an existing truck stop is estimated at $200,000 to $300,000 per station. Therefore, a 300 station, nationwide Hydrnol infrastructure rollout, accessing 13.2% of the U.S. transportation fuel marketplace can be completed for less than $100 million.
Water provides an ideal source of pure hydrogen — abundant and free of harmful greenhouse gas byproducts. The electrolysis of water, or splitting water (H2O) into oxygen (O2) and hydrogen (H2), requires external electricity and an efficient catalyst to break chemical bonds while shifting around protons and electrons. To justify the effort, the amount of energy put into the reaction must be as small as possible while still exceeding the minimum required by thermodynamics, a figure associated with what is called overpotential.
The new catalyst performs nearly as well as platinum, achieving electrocatalytic activity and stability unmatched by any other non-noble metal compounds. “The production process is both simple and scalable,” Muckerman said, “making nickel-molybdenum-nitride appropriate for wide industrial applications.”
While this catalyst does not represent a complete solution to the challenge of creating affordable hydrogen gas, it does offer a major reduction in the cost of essential equipment.
If Germany is to meet its ambitious goals of getting a third of its electricity from renewable energy by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050, it must find a way to store huge quantities of electricity in order to make up for the intermittency of renewable energy.
Siemens says it has just the technology: electrolyzer plants, each the size of a large warehouse, that split water to make hydrogen gas. The hydrogen could be used when the wind isn’t blowing to generate electricity in gas-fired power plants, or it could be used to fuel cars.
We can use wind power like the Germans do to store hydrogen to run fuel cells. We can build the new cheaper non-platinum fuel cells and do what the Germans are doing now cheaper. When you factor in the costs of pollution on health. The cost of global warming and the cost of our wars for oil then Hydrogen Fuel cells are much cheaper than oil. Current estimates on the costs of fuel cells do not factor in these costs.
In a groundbreaking article to be released this month in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Dr. Paul Epstein, associate director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, details the economic, health and environmental costs associated with each stage in the life cycle of coal — extraction, transportation, processing, and combustion. These costs, between a third to over half a trillion dollars annually, are directly passed on to the public.
1/3 of a trillion dollars a year is a lot of money with fuel cells the only by product is water, clean water if millions of American cars start emitting clean water from their tailpipes places with lots of rain like Portland OR will get even rainer. Places like Death Valley will stop being deserts if there is a major road near by. Plants will grow better and millions will live longer lives thus making funding of Social Security a bigger issue next election.
In October 2011, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said the government will spend at least 1 trillion yen ($13 billion
$ 13 billion is a of money if America has a nuclear disaster like Japan all that money will come from tax payers.
The most recent major report on these costs come from Brown University in the form of the Costs of War project, which said the total for wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan is at least $3.2-4 trillion.[2
I remember when Bush sold us on the war with Iraq and people were saying war with Iraq would lower oil prices with hydrogen fuel cells we would not be dependent on oil anymore we would never need to start a war for oil.