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Feb 15

The East Coast is About to Become the Hydrogen Highway

Posted in Energy Industry | Future Technology | Hydrogen Fuel

Hydrogen Highway Everyone is excited about hydrogen cars, but there is always the challenge of how they are going to fill up. Most cars are restricted by the distance that they can travel on a full tank and nothing more. Few places, especially on the East Coast, offer a refueling station to allow the cars to travel any further. If the hydrogen highway plan comes to fruition, that will finally change.

The reality of the situation is that something has to change if we are going to cut back on the massive carbon footprint that is being left because of daily commuting. There has been a lot of progress in the electric cars, but there are still a lot of challenges. There is a nice little niche of green people that believe that the hydrogen powered cars are the true out to get away from gasoline powered vehicles.

The challenge of course is that they can only travel where a single tank will take them. SunHydro is trying to change all of that as they are making plans to literally create a hydrogen highway that will enable cars on the East Coast to travel from the tip of Maine to the southern-most point of Florida. All in all, the plan calls for 11 solar refueling stations.

There will need to be some public support if they are going to be successful. The stations are not exactly cheap and need public funding in order for them to be installed. At $3,000,000 each, it is quite a bit to ask from John Q. Public. For this to work, we will need private investors and companies that have the foresight to invest in something that is obviously the future of motor vehicles. Things are going to change, it just a matter of who is going to be smart enough to jump on ship and make it happen sooner.

  • The Trutherizer

    And so it begins. Awesome 🙂

  • Francisco A Roque

    They need to work hard with this and make it pain free and economic to the consumer, all we need to do is change tanks, like every 1000 miles, just like we would do a propane tank, and keep on driving, at $25 a tank and $50 for 18 wheelers. That would be a good start to restore america’s greatness.

  • david

    we should look into hydrogen for larger semi trucks at first. I’m sure there are trucks that just run up and down I-95 from Maine to Florida. After that we could expand westward 🙂

  • Euroflycars

    And so it begins?

    What begins? Covering highway distances by electric fuel-cell cars running on hydrogen?

    I would rather say: And so it ends, i.e. the era of roadbound individual macromobility, whether on gasoline or electricity.

    The alternative for macromobility (beyond the urban perimeter) is the electric, hydrogen-powered Personal VERTOL-Aircraft!

    Because of the high concentration of landing and starting aircraft around cities, vertical take-off and landing is yet a basic requirement for the transfer of intercity road traffic into the airspace — but don’t think of the helicopter as the PA of the future, because the chopper suffers several handicaps which make it, each by itself, ineligible for this purpose.

    The main handicap in a massively crowded airspace is the heli’s poor lateral reactivity which would call for too much lateral clearance between aircraft approaching or leaving cities (although tight vertical separation would be no problem because of the strong vertical reactivity of the chopper due to the instantaneous collective blade pitch variation of its rotor).

    But low speed, poor energy yield, and high noise level are the other main handicaps anyway.

    The latest development, i.e. Sikorsky’s X2, which is almost twice as fast and much less fuel-greedy, could however be an intermediary solution for the elite to start the trend towards massively widespread individual aeromobility.

    But you will have to wait for the revolutionary rotary-wing aircraft I have invented and which combines the advantages of the fixed and the rotary wing concepts without suffering their respective shortcomings!

  • Tobias Schunck

    I hope someone comes forward. But then, what comes first, the chicken or the egg? How many hydrogen fueled cars are actually out there. Don’t ask someone to build a 3 Million $ Hydrogen fueling station just for the fun of it. We could really use some Federal Leadership. But that is wishful thinking.

  • Christy

    There are clearly some difficulties with hydrogen-fueled cars, but there are researchers working on ways to store hydrogen in fuel tanks:

    The changes that could come out of this research could make the idea of hydrogen cars more feasible and less expensive.

  • Euroflycars

    I should first have explained the fundamentals, i.e. the main reason why hydrogen-fueled cars will cause the era of individual intercity road traffic to die out.

    Once automotive hydrogen power-plants will be mass-produced, these systems will become as affordable for use in small aircraft as the 4-cylinder air-cooled boxer engine of the VW Beatle had become in its time.

    The sad truth is, alas, that any R & D into aircraft-dedicated systems will not only suffer from total lack of government funding, but actually from strong obstruction and even sabotage by official institutions like the NASA or the MIT for instance. Let’s not forget that the minds of their researchers and engineers are strongly formatted to prevent any significant advance in personal freedom of movement that could lead to massively popularized individual aeromobility.

    Moreover, this kind of intellectual formatting is backed by a set of stringent legal restrictions issued by the US govt to curb the trend, as witnessed by the following two figures: by the end of the seventies general aviation sales were up to 20.000 units per annum — twenty years later this figure had dropped to a mere 700…

    The US rulers of the world are indeed keen on maintaining total control of the global airspace with their supersonic fighter-bombers and nuclear aircraft-carriers for planetary air superiority — hence their fear to see this joker for world-wide power enforcement threatened by the civilian society taking possession of the global airspace with myriads of personal aircraft.

    This is the very reason why roadbound individual mobility was pushed beyond all common sense as a strategy-based policy, which is in fact at the root of the current crisis threatening to spread to the whole planet, with countries like Russia, China, India, and ultimately Africa bound to be heading straight into the wall if they act irresponsibly enough to go it all for the automobile (whether gasoline or hydrogen-fueled) and its excruciatingly expensive highway networks.

    Reptiles got airborne 200 million years ago…

    We have all the material and electronic technology to get all of us individually airborne as free as birds in the bluish ocean surrounding our lonely spaceship…

    The future of mankind is in the air!

  • James

    Looks like somebody is trying to monopolize fuel distribution again.
    Hydrogen cars are a joke. Electric cars that can be fueled by any electricity source is the way of the future.
    95% of Hydrogen atm is sourced from fossil fuels because electrolysis is too inefficient.
    Electric cars can be charged from home PV, Wind, the grid ‘etc’. All that needs to be done is for the future automakers, to come to agreement on a standard removable battery configuration to accommodate those who travel long distance.
    Finally the oil companies are losing the monopoly they have enjoyed for a century, and we want to give it back to them.
    At least the Ambulance drivers won’t have to remove injured or dead from car accidents anymore, they will be vaporised, along with any bystanders.

    I hate the control that Big oil has over my fuel supply, especially considering the market manipulation that accompanies it. Hydrogen can and will be manipulated just as oil has been, because distribution will be monopolized.
    I’m sure there is room for niche markets, but to fall for the same monopolies again is just stupid.

  • Euroflycars

    You might be right, James.

    Unless small hydrogen generators for private use become available on the market at an affordable price.

    The problem you forgot to mention is that grid-independent private production of solar and/or wind-based electricity is only feasible with a storage system for the solar summer surpluses and/or the eolian output gaps.

    What I wrote about the mass-produced hydrogen fuel-cell car (granting easy availability of its power plant to small aircraft builders) is obviously also true for the motor and battery of the mass-produced electric car.

    Hence, with an affordable hydrogen generator for private use, both hydrogen fuel-cell and purely electricity-powered individual mobility (whether roadbound or airborne) will be feasible in complete energy autocracy.

  • James


    Having all these electric cars connected to the grid when not driving, serve as the decentralized electricity storage system, this sort of system will ensure that the residential grid capacity will not need to be expanded, just maintained.

    Small hydrogen generators at home may be good in theory, but they are still far less efficient than charging a battery or capacitor directly, and would create yet another hazard in the home as a hydrogen storage tank would be needed.

    Not to mention that Platinum, and the other catalytic precious metals, are enormously expensive, and would be even more so if 1 billion cars needed a couple of ounces each.

    The Fossil industry’s are the only one it seems that are still pushing Hydrogen. They don’t care at all what fuel we use, they just want absolute control over the distribution. That is the key to the domination they have had all these years.

    Remember, these companies and individuals like the Rockefeller family, have made ASTRONOMICAL profits for a century with no real effort, they do not want to lose this power and will say and do anything to keep it.

    It is time for that to stop.

  • Peter Sharma III

    The Hydrogen economy is a boondoggle and another attempt to make individual transportation beholden to retail fuel vendors.

    Better to go all electric so that those who choose independence may buy a wind or solar generator and fuel up on their own.

  • Steve McKennon

    What covers most of the earth. H20… Why can’t we all get a kit installed in our engine. We’ll use 60/40 ratio. With 60% gas, the other would generated in the engine with electrolysis. We could begin to enjoy reduced fuel consumption and do something to clean up the earth. This baby step would follow by car manufactures to catch up with the times and create completely new engines that you would pour water into a stainless steel tank with a new type of engine block that wouldn’t rust. My neighbor has tested this kit of his and he said it worked great! If little us can make it work then big industries can stop being so greedy and face day with a new industry. We can’t save the world but let’s work on changing hearts and minds of greedy America!

  • Siva

    First it should be introduced in world emerging superpower countries (India & China), so that people will make room to use it widely.

  • smilingjack

    Firstly the USA isn’t a superpower any longer. We in the rest of the world have long since dismissed the US as irrelevant. China is the world leader now and will drive any new technologies. Advancements in battery size and storage capacity will be at the forefront for the next decade. Batteries will get smaller, take less time to recharge and hold more charge. With this cars will get lighter and have more powerful and efficient electric motors.

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