Thursday, May 14, 2009

Fuel cells for transport vehicles: think about alternate fuels

New York Times report: Cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells, once hailed by the US President George W. Bush as a pollution-free solution for reducing the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, will not be practical over the next 10 to 20 years, the US energy secretary said and the government will cut off funds for the vehicles’ development. Developing those cells and coming up with a way to transport the hydrogen is a big challenge. The Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the government preferred to focus on projects that would bear fruit more quickly.

Notwithstanding this report, I think time has come we start thinking about the alternate fuels for the fuel cells. The future of hydrogen is uncertain. The biomass based fuels such as methanol and ethanol have bright future.

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