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Hydrogen economy

The hydrogen economy is closer than you think; key technologies accelerate progress

Wednesday, May 05, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: hydrogen economy, fuel cells, hybrid vehicles

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A report from the National Academies says that the hydrogen economy will take decades to unfold. Any positive impact on carbon dioxide emissions and a reduction in oil imports will be minor for the next 25 years, the report says. Now, for the real story:

The report is too pessimistic on the hydrogen economy and ignores several exciting new advances that could move things along much faster. The discovery of gas hydrates, for example -- frozen masses of hydrogen energy found on the ocean floor -- could radically accelerate progress. We've even seen technology that could store these gas hydrates at liquid nitrogen temperatures, making storage and distribution far safer than toting around highly compressed hydrogen gas.

There's also the development of microbial fuel cells, which turn residential sewer waste into hydrogen and then electricity. Also notable are advances in the production of low-cost solar cells, which will soon be manufactured at a fraction of today's price. Solar cells can produce hydrogen gas with nothing more than water (a process called electrolysis). Cheap solar cells provide a reasonable basis for a solar-hydrogen economy.

On top of that, there is also tremendous demand for cleaner fuels, cleaner vehicles and cleaner cities. In fact, I believe the extent of this demand is typically underestimated in the scientific community. For example, Toyota can't keep its hybrid vehicle -- the Prius -- in stock. Lexus' upcoming hybrid SUV is already creating a storm of consumer demand. People want cleaner vehicles, and they're almost fanatical about doing whatever it takes to get them.

In fact, the success of hybrid vehicles paves the way for hydrogen-powered cars in the future. Here's why: hybrid vehicles have a small gasoline engine that charges the batteries and provides supplemental power. Thanks to the design of such vehicles, the gasoline engine could easily be replaced with a fuel cell running off hydrogen. The basic design of the car stays the same; only the engine needs to be retrofitted.

The emergence of the hydrogen economy is no longer a technology issue -- technology exists right now to make it a reality. Rather, it is a political issue. And as long as there's plenty of money to be made from an oil economy, it's unlikely that federal regulators are going to promote hydrogen. It also doesn't help that the Bush Administration remains suspiciously interested in global oil supplies. Clearly, oil is going to be around for many decades to come, yet hydrogen can coexist with oil much quicker than the National Academies suspects. The key is public demand, and that stems from public awareness.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

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