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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 7 Dec 2015 @ 6:24pm

    why isn't the waste from burning hydrogen a problem?

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    orbitalinsertion (profile), 7 Dec 2015 @ 6:59pm

    Re:

    There is already waste from burning hydrogen. Removing all the other combustion products on average is going to give you one quarter more water vapor minus carbon dioxide and a slew of other rather more directly poisonous things.

    So, a touch more humidity near ground level than already from burning hydrocarbons? Although that will rise or drop regionally from the effects of burning carbon anyway, and if underwater is considered humidity, you'll be sparing some part of that at lower coastal elevations. The water cycle being a bit faster than the carbon cycle, water vapor isn't going to be collecting and hanging around significantly.

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  3. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 7 Dec 2015 @ 8:45pm

    Re:

    Not sure hydrogen "burns".
    Doesn't it combine with oxygen making water vapor and releasing energy?
    I suppose the loose and vague definition of burn might apply, but isn't there a more accurate term one could use?

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  4. identicon
    Socrates, 7 Dec 2015 @ 9:26pm

    The "hydrogen economy" is a lie

    and the "hydrogen economy" has always been a lie! Those who derailed California Air Resources Board, those who crushed the electric cars of the 90's, those who bought the Ni-MH technology and shelved it for cars, is the same ones who peddle the "hydrogen economy".

    If it would work it would be instantly sabotaged.

    Battery electric cars exist today, is much cheaper to make, cheaper to maintain, can be charged at home and anywhere else with an electric outlet, and is much cheaper to operate than hydrogen. Converting electicity to hydrogen and back looses 75% of the energy, and costs extra money.

    Ethanol compatible cars exist today, as any gasoline car on the planet is ethanol compatible! They are cheaper to produce, and cheaper to maintain. Ethanol have better octane numbers than gasoline and have much better range than hydrogen. And biological ethanol is cheaper to produce than biological ethanol. And biological ethanol for cars is produced, and used, in large scale, in large parts of the world today!

    I recommend to not propagate the hydrogen lie, it is a diversion.

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  5. identicon
    Socrates, 7 Dec 2015 @ 9:43pm

    ICE and fuel cells

    In Internal Combustion Engines it burns, and produce harmful side products, as all ICEs do. They have ludicrously low range as storing hydrogen in a car is a big problem

    In a fuel cell, that work less well than a battery, it "recombines" with oxygen. It is just as difficult storing hydrogen if it is intended for a fuel cell as it is for an ICE. They have shitty range too, for the same reason. It uses 4 times as much energy as a battery electric car. And hydrogen ICE is even worse than that!

    Hydrogen cars is a scam.

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    Socrates, 7 Dec 2015 @ 9:47pm

    Typo

    And biological ethanol is cheaper to produce than
    ... biological hydrogen.

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  7. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 7 Dec 2015 @ 11:21pm

    Re: Re:

    "Not sure hydrogen burns"
    just add fire,
    it will burn your whole house down

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  8. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 7 Dec 2015 @ 11:24pm

    they do not want sheepple splitting water into Hydrogen in their basement via cavitation, or something
    what they want is to keep this strange religion were you go to the pump to refuel
    either oil, gas, hydrogen, alcohol, batteries, whatever
    but they want to keep the business as it is

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Dec 2015 @ 11:27pm

    Re: Re: Re:

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  10. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 7 Dec 2015 @ 11:28pm

    did Al Gore just buy techdirt? how much?

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  11. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 8 Dec 2015 @ 12:27am

    Re: Re:

    "Not sure hydrogen "burns"."

    Go tell that to the passengers of the Hindenburg zeppelin ^^ If you need a fresh view at the footage, here you go:
    http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/81940076/

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  12. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 8 Dec 2015 @ 12:48am

    Re:

    come on Michael Ho, how much?

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  13. identicon
    OGquaker, 8 Dec 2015 @ 3:32am

    NO CO2

    Gore's wind farm, our bread-basket Mid-west, is loaded with potential (pun intended).

    Take Al's wind, extract DC (not must-use-now AC electricity with 250 billion dollars in transmission lines) add a little water and air (20% N on a good day) and you have an easily transportable liquid fuel, and dump your waste product (O) into the sky or whatever.

    We bought six billion gallons of the stuff last year, pipelines run between states. 400 retail outlets in Iowa, handles just like Propane @100psi, not @10,000psi hydrogen.

    Bio-hazard is trivial; lighter than air, humans make a lot of it for pee, smells like rabbits.

    Some kid drove his S10 P.U.truck across the country on NH3 in 2008, Belgians were driving their bus' in WWII, the X-15 rocket burned NH3.

    Farmer's buy NH3 from offshore suppliers now at $300-700/ton, why not make it on the farm, just like Ford built his tractor to run on mash & Rockefeller invented the Eighteenth Amendment!

    DuPont & GM trashed ammonia (think Servel) in America's newspapers so they could sell short-lived Frigidaire and bio-toxic 'Freon'. My ammonia refrigerator runs great, built in 1950. Want cancer and explosions? Try gasoline.

    And, refiners sell you any dam "gasoline" carbon molecule that's convenient depending on the spot price of jet-fuel & asphalt & Diesel & kerosene & roofing tar & HDPE or Styrene, NOTHING CAN BE LEFT OVER.
    Thus tuning your IC engine is impossible if your fuel is any carbon trash from any well on earth.

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  14. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 8 Dec 2015 @ 5:21am

    Re: ICE and fuel cells

    I think you might need to do more research, or maybe you haven't done any at all.

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  15. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 8 Dec 2015 @ 5:24am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Not this again.

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  16. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 8 Dec 2015 @ 5:25am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Ok - so what is the difference between "burn" and "explosion" ?

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  17. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 8 Dec 2015 @ 5:25am

    Re: The "hydrogen economy" is a lie

    Who is lying here?

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  18. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 8 Dec 2015 @ 5:29am

    So - there is no better term than "burn" to describe two hydrogen combining with one oxygen, producing heat and water vapor?

    Really?

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    Anonymous Coward, 8 Dec 2015 @ 6:35am

    Re: Re:

    how much?

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  20. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 8 Dec 2015 @ 6:43am

    Re:

    Hydrogen does not "burn" in a fuel cell where the reaction is controlled.

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-does-combining-hydrog/

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    Michael Ho (profile), 8 Dec 2015 @ 7:42am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Really? You think I have accepted some kind of bribe to write up a few sentences on ways to control pollution?

    https://m.facebook.com/notes/arnold-schwarzenegger/i-dont-give-a-if-we-agree-about-climate-change/10 153855713574658/

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  22. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 8 Dec 2015 @ 8:47am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    there is more pollution outside that naturally occurring Co2

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  23. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 8 Dec 2015 @ 8:57am

    Re: Re:

    Combining with oxygen making (possibly) carbon dioxide, water vapor and releasing energy is in fact the literal definition of burning or combustion.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Combustion

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    Anonymous Coward, 8 Dec 2015 @ 9:15am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Is this how a fuel cell works?

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  25. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 8 Dec 2015 @ 9:17am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Wow - that proves it.
    You are so insightful, must be a genius or something.

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  26. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 8 Dec 2015 @ 10:09am

    Re:

    Oxidation and reduction reaction. The H2 molecule is oxidized, the ogygen is reduced.

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  27. identicon
    CrushU, 9 Dec 2015 @ 2:40pm

    Measuring CO2...

    If you thought satellite data collection was the answer, you get partial credit, but atmosphere-sampling research planes and special air-collecting helium balloon equipment will likely also be used to try to accurately measure CO2 production with geographic variation.


    This just in: Countries that fly atmosphere-sampling research planes have more CO2 production than countries that don't! We are unsure at this time why this is...

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