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On Mon, 28 Jul 2008, Matthew Miller wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 04:04:08PM +1200, Apptech wrote:
> > 1. What energy transport medium / technology would you
> > suggest to eventually replace petroleum.
>
> For powering vehicles, two infrastructures are currently in place: the
> electric grid and hydrocarbon transport. It is through these channels that
> we'll be powering our vehicles. I can't imagine building a hydrogen
> infrastructure just to burn hydrogen in an internal combustion engine.

So you are saying that it's too hard to build new infrastructure so we
should just keep burning petroleum in slightly more efficent engines?

Thats not a very good long (or even short) term solution, considering the
price of oil is going to continue to rise.

Building a hydrogen distribution system is not going to be easy, or cheap.
But it does have one HUGE advantage over sticking with the current system
that we have... it is sustainable.

Batteries are expensive and take forever to recharge and have a limited
lifetime.  In the future we might solve these problems, but with the
technology we have NOW we could make hydrogen work.

Hydrogen is not perfect. It's far from it.  But the price of doing nothing
is simply too high.  If something better comes along, I'll dump hydrogen
in a second, but delaying doing something because we might figure out a
better way is insane.

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Ian Smith
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