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The history of hydrogen, fuel cells, hydrogen cars and fuel cell vehicles is examined.

Car Designer favours Hydrogen & Fuel Cell History

  “A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist, and evolutionary strategist.” – Buckminster Fuller The 1973 oil embargo caused a number of changes in industry and society. It caused the (temporary) departure of the muscle cars and created an enthusiasm for small, fuel-efficient cars. It …

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Canada’s effect on Hydrogen & Fuel Cell History

  “I don’t think we’re going to see the price of oil going down in the near future, that’s the reality.”      -Carly Fiorina, former Republican presidential candidate When fuel prices increase again –very likely– and supplies diminish –very certain– alternative fuels are the only alternative. Hydrogen and electricity are …

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Oil crisis’ effect on Hydrogen & Fuel Cell History

  “We aren’t addicted to oil, but our cars are.”         – James Woolsey, national security and energy specialist Wake up World!  Do something! December 1973. Oil embargo. Panic. Fighting at the pumps. Mile long line-ups at refueling stations in cities everywhere. Petrol, petrol everywhere –underground-, but not a drop …

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Countries advancing Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

“A lasting lesson of the crisis years is the power of markets and their ability to adjust to disruptions, if government allows them to.”      Daniel Yergin The 1973 oil embargo, the second oil crisis, got a large part of the world to think about how to manage its affairs with …

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Backyard testing in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

“Electric cars are going to be very important for urban transportation.”            Carlos Ghosn, CEO Nissan-Renault The back yard – behind factory buildings- is just where General Motors tested the first earthbound, – better to say road-bound – fuel cell electric vehicle. FCEV is Toyota’s term for the Mirai to clarify …

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NASA contributes to Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

“If we drive down the cost of transportation in space, we can do great things.”            Elon Musk NASA was preparing for manned spaceflights.  They were looking for a power source to provide spacecraft with electricity; batteries were too heavy, solar energy was still too expensive at that time (even for …

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Field Test in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

“Successful engineering is all about understanding how things break or fail.”            Henry Petroski A well-known fact is that, in 1932, Dr. Francis Thomas Bacon, an engineering professor at Cambridge University in England, modified the lab paraphernalia, which had been used during Mond’s and Langer’s time.  Bacon used a less expensive …

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Tense Times in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

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Uncertain Times – Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

“Science is about knowing; engineering is about doing.”           Henry Petroski While Sir William Robert Grove’s invention of the ‘gas voltaic cell’ lay dormant for many years, steam engines were making progress. Then, suddenly, the new-fangled internal combustion engine (ICE) was in the news. It could be observed at many exhibitions …

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Hopeful Times – Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

“Whatever one man is capable of conceiving, other men will be able to achieve” – Jules Verne After talking ‘organic horsepower’ in the previous article, let’s get back to mechanical horsepower and onto the long path of the history of hydrogen and fuel cells. As you may know, one-third of …

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