Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Tomorrow's Energy: Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and the Prospects for a Cleaner Planet

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Tomorrow's Energy: Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and the Prospects for a Cleaner Planet

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Review: Tomorrow's Energy: Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and the Prospects for a Cleaner Planet By Peter Hoffmann Peter Hoffmann. Tomorrow's Energy: Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and the Prospects for a Cleaner Planet. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2001. 289 pp. ISBN 0-262-08295-0 (hardcover). US$ 33.00. Alkaline paper.

"Chronicles the progress of hydrogen energy from a vision to a niche market to its position today on the brink of full commercialization. ... After reading this book, one can see the dream of a hydrogen-based economy becoming a reality," writes Senator Tom Harkin in the foreword to this book.

You don't have to be a scientist or engineer to appreciate this work by Peter Hoffmann. It is a well-written and easy-to-read book with simple explanations that anybody with a basic knowledge of energy concepts can easily comprehend.

The book has twelve chapters in all. It begins with a chapter on why we need hydrogen. The next two chapters deal with the discovery of hydrogen and the use of hydrogen as an energy source. The information is up-to-date to the end of 2001. Two chapters are dedicated to the production of hydrogen through various means. Five full chapters describe various uses of hydrogen ranging from a fuel for automobiles to a utility gas. The author has also discussed the utilization of hydrogen in fuel cells as well as its non-energy uses. The penultimate chapter discusses the safety aspects of hydrogen use, since it is a highly inflammable gas and requires special handling before and during its use. …

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