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Tomorrow's energy - Peter Hoffmann

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Title
Tomorrow's energy - hydrogen, fuel cells, and the prospects for a cleaner planet
Author
Peter Hoffmann
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
The MIT Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20021001

Hydrogen is the quintessential eco-fuel. This invisible, tasteless gas is the most abundant element in the universe. It is the basic building block and fuel of stars and an essential raw material in innumerable biological and chemical processes. As a completely nonpolluting fuel, it may hold the answer to growing environmental concerns about atmospheric accumulation of carbon dioxide and the resultant Greenhouse Effect. In this book Peter Hoffmann describes current research toward a hydrogen-based economy. He presents the history of hydrogen energy and discusses the environmental dangers of continued dependence on fossil fuels. Hydrogen is not an energy source but a carrier that, like electricity, must be manufactured. Today hydrogen is manufactured by "decarbonizing" fossil fuels. In the future it will be derived from water and solar energy and perhaps from "cleaner" versions of nuclear energy. Because it can be made by a variety of methods, Hoffmann argues, it can be easily adapted by different countries and economies. Hoffmann acknowledges the social, political, and economic difficulties in replacing current energy systems with an entirely new one. Although the process of converting to a hydrogen-based economy would be complex, he demonstrates that the environmental and health benefits would far outweigh the costs.

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The late Peter Hoffmann was editor of The Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Letter. He was former Washington correspondent for McGraw-Hill World News and the author of The Forever Fuel: The Story of Hydrogen.

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Hydrogen as fuel.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
289

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