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Published: Monday, Jan. 28 2013 9:17 p.m. MST

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SME
Bountiful, UT

A fuel cell is indeed zero emission, but how the hydrogen is acquired must enter into the calculations. Hydrogen in nature is always found combined with other elements, it must be pulled free (not easily done) and the remaining combined element(s) dealt with. It will be interesting to see how it plays out. There is a segment of society that beleives these things can just be decreed and everything else will follow.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

I remember reading of hydrogen pwered cars in the 1970s.

nowhere did the story mention HOW the hydrogen was to be produced.

If I remember correctly, hydrogen was a byproduct of nuclear reactions, so it was available from nuclear power plants. But I could be mistaken.

One very large obstacle is the infrastructure for fueling stations. think of how much money it would take to duplicate the gas stations or to add hydrogen pumps to the current stations.

Perhaps it is not as difficult as that, but since the article is so short on information, it's hard to fill in the gaps.

One thing remarkable in the story, is these PRIVATE companies are doing this with PRIVATE money. Since Nissan and Daimler are foreign companies and Ford did not take bailout money, I guess BO cannot buy political favors or pay off political debts with taxpayer money like he did with Solyndra and all his other FAILED "green" companies.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

The ironic thing is that the cheapest way to get the hydrogen is from long chain hydrocarbons, also known as oil. However, I have heard of some people proposing to use nuclear power plants to generate the hydrogen by running a high load duing off-peak hours to produce hydrogen.

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