I blogged last week about the fact hydrogen still comes from fossil fuels such as coal or natural gas. And indeed, it does, but what makes this Shell refueling station (actually located in a DPW) is the hydrogen is made onsite from water and electricity, according to Brad Beauchamp, a GM Team Leader in the hydrogen fuel cell program. And the electricity comes straight off the grid so very well could be generated by fossil fuels. But we know it does not have to be. The more I learn, the more enticing hydrogen becomes. But I have not drunk the hydrogen Koolaid yet. Stay tuned for a full report including video post experience.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
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