5 Insightful Books To Read About the Hydrogen Economy

There are many books out there that are great reads for anyone interested in the hydrogen economy. With that being said, some books are better than others and go into more detail. These books are insightful and will really make you think. Below are 5 of those books.

1) The Hydrogen Economy: The Creation of the Worldwide Energy Web and the Redistribution of Power on Earth

This book, written by Jeremy Rifkin, is one of the best ones to read. It focuses on helping people move away from the destructive times of oil and towards hydrogen. It is very clear and comprehensive and argues a great case.

2) Hydrogen Economy

The authors of this book are P K Pahwa and G K Pahwa. This book explains the importance of using hydrogen as energy, looks at the usefulness of moving, dispensing, and using hydrogen, looking at how safe hydrogen is, and looking at any possible hazards there might be.

3) The Hydrogen Economy: Opportunities, Costs, Barriers, and R&D Needs

This book was written by the National Academy of Engineering. This book looks at many things, including opportunities, costs, barriers, and R&D needs. It goes into depth on all of these things and really gives a comprehensive idea of the factors that go into deciding whether or not hydrogen is the way to go.

4) The Hydrogen Economy: Opportunities and Challenges

There are 8 main authors of this book who contributed writings. The editors are Michael Ball and Martin Wietschel. This book stands out from others on the subject because not only does it have the perspective of multiple different people, but it also covers every aspect of using hydrogen. It even covers environmental, socioeconomic, and geographic impacts on hydrogen. It also covers the aspects of meeting a growing demand for transport energy over a long period of time.

5) The Solar Hydrogen Civilization: The Future of Energy Is the Future of Our Global Economy

This book, written by Roy McAlister, is great because it completely shoots down any myths surrounding hydrogen. Another great thing about this book is that it uses many diagrams and is a great starting point for anyone looking for information.

As you can see, these books are ones that will make you think and will give your information that you might not have already known about the hydrogen economy. If you are interested in learning more about this topic, give these books a chance. You won’t be disappointed!

What is the Hydrogen Economy?

Many leaders have varying opinions on what exactly the hydrogen Economy is.  The hydrogen Economy, in its simplest form, is the mission and vision people have to see the world run off of hydrogen-fueled electricity and energy.  This dream is not based upon using high-carbon methods of production.  Low-carbon emissions are what these dreamers hope for.  Hydrogen, an element that is not naturally generated and found on this earth, is something that takes natural gas to create it.  Once hydrogen is liquefied or compressed, hydrogen can be used to create stores of energy.  Some believe that hydrogen is more of an intermediary between the user and natural gas, which has high-carbon emissions.  Regardless of what side of the wire you stand on, one thing we do know is that hydrogen is of such great interest to people nowadays because it’s only “emission” is water.  That is it.  Now do you see why hydrogen is still on the table?

Automobiles, for example, would probably have the greatest benefit from using hydrogen as energy, because it could use something called a “fuel cell” to convert the energy into electricity.  According to The Guardian:

“At the moment, hydrogen is most commonly produced from natural gas. In this situation, a typical fuel cell car generates 70–80g CO2 for each kilometre driven – similar to a modern gasoline hybrid or to a battery electric vehicle charged with today’s UK grid electricity. These emissions can be reduced towards zero if the hydrogen is produced using low-carbon electricity sources such as renewables, nuclear or CCS to electrolyse water. The downside is that in this situation only around half as much electricity comes out of the fuel cell as was put in to produce the hydrogen in the first place. The rest is lost as heat.

“Partly for this reason, and partly due to concerns over the commercial readiness of hydrogen fuel cell cars, battery-based electric cars have received more attention in recent years than hydrogen cars. However, hydrogen vehicles retain a number of important advantages: they can be rapidly refuelled in just a couple of minutes and have a range of many hundreds of kilometres. So the best technology depends on the final cost, carbon mitigation potential, and consumer needs in each case.”

Do you think it would take more energy to have only a hydrogen-run fuel economy? What are your thoughts on hydrogen being used as fuel? Tweet me @JohnSlifko to continue the discussion!