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The Hype About Hydrogen : Fact and Fiction in the Race to Save the Climate - Joseph J. Romm

The Hype About Hydrogen

Fact and Fiction in the Race to Save the Climate

Paperback Published: 1st August 2005
ISBN: 9781559637046
Number Of Pages: 256

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"Vital, very readable guidance for investors, environmentalists, and interested bystanders looking toward a future without fossil fuels." -BOOKLIST
"It's hard to argue with the relentless logic...." -E/THE ENVIRONMENTAL MAGAZINE
"Readers looking to separate facts from hype about cars running on hydrogen and large-scale fuel cell systems will find a useful primer here."-PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Lately it has become a matter of conventional wisdom that hydrogen will solve many of our energy and environmental problems. Nearly everyone -- environmentalists, mainstream media commentators, industry analysts, General Motors, and even President Bush -- seems to expect emission-free hydrogen fuel cells to ride to the rescue in a matter of years, or at most a decade or two.
Not so fast, says Joseph Romm. In The Hype about Hydrogen, he explains why hydrogen isn't the quick technological fix it's cracked up to be, and why cheering for fuel cells to sweep the market is not a viable strategy for combating climate change. Buildings and factories powered by fuel cells may indeed become common after 2010, Joseph Romm argues, but when it comes to transportation, the biggest source of greenhouse-gas emissions, hydrogen is unlikely to have a significant impact before 2050.
The Hype about Hydrogen offers a hype-free explanation of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, takes a hard look at the practical difficulties of transitioning to a hydrogen economy, and reveals why, given increasingly strong evidence of the gravity of climate change, neither government policy nor business investment should be based on the belief that hydrogen cars will have meaningful commercial success in the near or medium term. Romm, who helped run the federal government's program on hydrogen and fuel cells during the Clinton administration, provides a provocative primer on the politics, business, and technology of hydrogen and climate protection.

"Vital, very readable guidance for investors, environmentalists, and interested bystanders looking toward a future without fossil fuels." -BOOKLIST "It's hard to argue with the relentless logic..." -E/THE ENVIRONMENTAL MAGAZINE "Readers looking to separate facts from hype about cars running on hydrogen and large-scale fuel cell systems will find a useful primer here." -PUBLISHERS WEEKLY"

Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Why Hydrogen? Why Now?p. 11
Fuel Cell Basicsp. 23
The Path to Fuel Cell Commercializationp. 35
Hydrogen Productionp. 67
Key Elements of a Hydrogen-Based Transportation Systemp. 89
The Long Road to Commercialization of Fuel Cell Vehiclesp. 115
Global Warming and Scenarios for a Hydrogen Transitionp. 125
Coping with the Global Warming Centuryp. 143
Hydrogen Partnerships and Pilotsp. 175
Conclusion: Choosing Our Futurep. 187
Afterword to the 2005 Editionp. 197
Acknowledgmentsp. 213
Notesp. 217
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ISBN: 9781559637046
ISBN-10: 1559637048
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st August 2005
Publisher: Island Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Type: New edition