Computer modeling is being used in an increasing numbers of cases in recent years to make predictions about different events and possible outcomes. NOAA uses computer modeling to predict the path and severity of hurricanes.
A company called ESRI is currently using computer modeling to track and predict the outbreak of the H1N1 virus (swine flu) and to reduce greenhouse gases around the San Francisco area.
A new computer modeling program of interest called STREET (or the Spatially & Temporally Resolved Energy & Environment Tool) developed by Shane Stephens-Romero of University of California, Irvine (UCI) predicts that if in the year 2060, 75-percent of the drivers on the road will be driving hydrogen cars in the Los Angeles area greenhouse gas emissions will be 60-percent lower than they are currently.
According to Scott Samuelsen, director of the Advanced Power & Energy Program and the person who lead the development of UCI hydrogen fueling station that dispenses H2 (at both 5,000 and 10,000 psi), “The research is well positioned, considering the development of a hydrogen infrastructure is at the crossroads of global climate change, the future of the automobile, the state economy, and California’s leadership in addressing the conflict between energy and the environment.”
Also according to UCI, “STREET considers variables in extreme detail – not just which fuel vehicles will use but how the fuel is made, where it comes from, how it’s transported and along which routes, and where fueling stations might be located.”
A week ago I talked about how a clear pathway from H2 production to pump would help for quicker adaptation of hydrogen cars. The STREET modeling software compares multiple pathways to the same goal and will predict the advantages and disadvantages of each pathway chosen.
The STREET software will help government officials, hydrogen advocacy groups and business join together to form a logical plan for the rollout of hydrogen vehicles in the future. The software is getting accolades from such entities as General Motors, Toyota, Honda, Air Products, Shell, the California Air Resources Board and the California Energy Commission.