Debunking the Hydrogen Economy

h2.jpeAlthough praise is being sung from all corners about the potential savior hydrogen, there is a major issue that is often forgotten: How do you produce it and at what cost? Energy Bulletin points out:

Hydrogen isn’t an energy source – it’s an energy carrier, like a battery. You have to make it and put energy into it, both of which take energy.

Coming up with a way to produce it that is climate neutral and economically efficient is a lot more challenging than you might think.

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of has grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.

2 responses

  1. Nuclear. As renewable and plentiful as it gets. It’s time to get over associating nuclear power generation with Atomic weapons. The we can get to work at building out the infastructure for small, failsafe, efficient and affordable nuclear power.

  2. Well, nuclear is definitely not renewable – seeing as uranium is not unlimited and has to be mined, which itself is a rather destructive practice.
    Still, using a certain amount of nuclear energy to basically cover our butts while we figure something else out seems like a more reasonable approach to me than firing up more coal plants.
    There’s a cool report coming out soon about planning for hydrogen that says (optimistically) that photovoltaics are only a few years away from being cheap enough to do a lot of the H2 conversion for us… that’s better than nuclear for sure.

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