Hydrogen Fuel to replace Oil!?
By, Uwe Paschen.
Hydrogen, one of my favorrite topics! After all I did write my engenering teases on the subject in the early 1980 th!
Well it seems that Honda finally build a Hydrogen powered car, however they are by far not the first. VW has been building Hydrogen Cars since the late 70 and still has some 40 prototipes as test cars, driving in Wolfsburg, Germany.
Mercedes-Benz build an complete self suficiant system in Stutgard Germany in the early 80, The system consisted of a House producing Hydrogen with solar energy, the Hydrogen then supplied the power for the House as well as the Mercedes in the garage.
Mazda had in 2000 on the Frankfurter Auto Messe, displayed a Hydrogen powered car based on a for of powdered Hydrogen.
The Hydrogen engine has been around since the late 18 century, invented in France and build there as well for the first time in that period.
In the early 20 century there was even a Hydrogen race car at le Man in France that out performend Gasoline engine cars. The problem from the begining was to over come the already strong Oil lobby and Man such as Rockefeler did not like Hydrogen at all!
Today BMW is building and selling a Hydrogen Powered car in Germany since it is the only country so far that has Hydrogen Gas stations and those are still scares even there.
Why BMW build a combined Hydrogen/ Gasoline car that can run on both Hydrogen as well as Gasoline, untill more Hydrogen Gas station are build all over Germany and hopefully all over Europe as well!
Bulk for bulk, Hydrogen is the most efficiant and most enviroment friendly energy there is today, however the oil industry can not make money with it since all we need to make Hydrogen is the Sun and Water and all it leaves behind after being burned in an engine is Water.
Why then have we not embraced this energy even though a great aptempt was already made in the late 70. Well, the Oil price went down again and the oil lobby gave Hydrogen a hard time since a Hydrogen powered car is about 15% more at the cash register and we all like to avoid spending more than we need to.
Even though Goverment tax breaks for enviroment friendly car would have solved this problem! Yet we need to finance wars around the world and we do not really seem to care that much about the enviroment after all, or it would have happened all ready, since the market today is consumer driven, even though those consumer are often manipulated By the Lobbyist!