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Energy and Resources - Hydrogen & Fuel Cells 15 Items
Report or White Paper, 2012
The prolonged shut-down of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in Southern California could mark an important turning point for the region’s electricity system. Distributed and demand-side resources offer a portfolio of solutions to help fill the near-term supply gap, while also advancing California’s long-term goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting local economic development and job creation. This discussion paper assesses the role the following distributed energy resources could play in the absence of SONGS: behavioral savings; demand response;
energy efficiency; solar photovoltaics; combined heat and power and fuel cells; storage. That paper includes information on what the potentials for these resources are, how their economics affect adoption, how much time it takes to install them, and how long we expect them to persist. We also offer recommendations to unlock these resources and encourage their adoption by utilities and their customers.
This article is a response to the 2004 report by the American Physical Society, "The Hydrogen Initiative." In this piece, Amory Lovins argues that "The Hydrogen Initiative" makes erroneous conclusions about hydrogen economics and storage.
Journal or Magazine Article, 2004
Lightweighting is the key to making vehicles superefficient and safe. In this invited technical review paper in the International Journal of Vehicle Design
, Amory Lovins and David Cramer explain why, using as an example Hypercar's 2000 virtual design of the Revolution 99-mpg SUV. The paper also shows how Hypercar's Fiberforge process promises to achieve that goal at competitive cost, and how this manufacturing breakthrough can accelerate an exciting new stage in automaking and the emergence of the hydrogen economy.
Journal or Magazine Article, 2003
This article, which is the second in a two-part series, is about American energy security. The authors argue that a balanced, market-driven energy policy can make both—if we gracefully let go of the past, embrace what works, and do what most Americans want. The first article is "Mobilizing Energy Solutions"
(RMI ID E02-01).
This letter was written to Nature
. In the letter, Amory Lovins argues against those who say that a hydrogen economy is impractical without an expansion of nuclear power.
In this lecture given at the RMI Quest for Solutions event in 2003, Amory Lovins presents an argument for hydrogen as the next major supplier of energy. Hydrogen is versatile, clean, safe, and cheap.
This letter was written as a rebuttal to Tromp et al.'s response to Amory Lovin's letter in the 10 October, 2003 issue of Science
. In this letter, Lovins argues against Tromp et al.'s claim that a global hydrogen industry would leak 10 to 20% of its throughput. A summary version of this letter was published on the Science
Report or White Paper, 2003
This peer-reviewed white paper offers both lay and technical readers a documented primer on basic hydrogen facts, weighs competing opinions, and corrects twenty widespread misconceptions. Some of these include the following: a hydrogen industry would need to be developed from scratch; hydrogen is too dangerous for common use; making hydrogen uses more energy than it yields; we lack a mechanism to store hydrogen in cars; and hydrogen is too expensive to compete with gasoline. This paper explains why the rapidly growing engagement of business, civil society, and government in devising and achieving a transition to a hydrogen economy is warranted and, if properly done, could yield important national and global benefits.
Report or White Paper, 2002
This paper argues for the adoption of fuel cell technology by the electric power industry. Fuel cells convert fuel to electricity at high efficiency without combustion and with negligible emissions. The author claims that fuel cell technology is one of the most promising distributed generation options. Fuel cell technology can be implemented in the electric power industry when the economic benefits of distributed generation are recognized and captured in the electricity market. The author describes the market for fuel cells and the changing trends in the electricity industry. The author provides several case studies of the successful use of fuel cells.
This keynote presentation, given to a meeting of the American Renewable Energy Council, suggests a dozen ways beyond traditional price and regulatory instruments for speeding the adoption of renewable energy. The presentation also provides strategies for transitioning to hydrogen energy.