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Old 02-25-2015, 11:07 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I know there's at least one type of advanced nuclear reactor that produces hydrogen "for free" as a byproduct... but that would require our country to rekindle its interest in nuclear, which I don't see happening anytime soon.

Other than that, electric cars are just better on many levels.

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I know there's at least one type of advanced nuclear reactor that produces hydrogen "for free" as a byproduct...
Even then, you've still got the problems of transportation and storage, which are the real obstacles to hydrogen-powered cars.

You might compare a H2-powered car with trying to build an EV, if all you have available are lead-acid batteries which tend to evaporate or explode.
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I know there's at least one type of advanced nuclear reactor that produces hydrogen "for free" as a byproduct...
The three at Fukusihima, Japan, by any chance?
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I suspect one reason work is continuing on H2 FCEVs is that the lessons learned are, at least in part, transferrable to other types of vehicle. My understanding is that current H2FCEV research vehicles are hybrid BEV-FCEV.

One of the issues with FC is that they can't immediately change the rate of energy they release, so the FC is buffered with chemical cell batteries until the FC catches up. That technology is appropriate for use in ICE hybrids and pure BEV.

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