Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: The Hype about Hydrogen

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: The Hype about Hydrogen

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Review: The Hype About Hydrogen By Joseph J. Romm Reviewed by Umar Karim Mirza Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Pakistan Joseph J. Romm. The Hype About Hydrogen. Washington, DC: Island Press, 2004. 256 pp. ISBN: 1-55963-703-X. US$ 25.00. (Hardcover). Acid-free Paper.

During Clinton administration the author, Joseph J. Romm, served in various positions in the Department of Energy. Currently he is the Executive Director of the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions, and a Principal with the Capital E Group. He has authored two other useful books: Cool Companies: How the Best Businesses Boost Profits and Productivity by Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

The Hype About Hydrogen describes in detail what is going on in the world of hydrogen. Many as the solution to all our energy problems, both resourcerelated and environmental ones label hydrogen economy. Romm's position is that we must eventually have a hydrogen economy based on the hydrogen fuel cell, but this cannot be expected to happen soon or without some major technological breakthroughs. He warns that the global warming clock is ticking very fast, and something needs to be done now to avoid a possible catastrophe.

In the introduction to the book, Romm explains what 'Hydrogen Economy' means, how it relates to climate and what is the realistic view about it. The first chapter answers the fundamental question: why do we need hydrogen and why now? The growing energy and environmental risks have prompted us to look toward hydrogen. Fuel cell basics, simplified working principle and different types are described in chapter 2. The following chapter introduces the path to fuel cell commercialization. Hydrogen production is dealt with in chapter 4. Presently steam methane reforming generates about 90 percent of U. …

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