Hydrogen

Some kind of mobile or temporary fueling installation will be needed to keep fuel cell drivers on the road.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the first retail hydrogen refueling station in Northern California occurred on Dec. 10. “If you build it, they will come,” said Janea Scott, California Energy Commissioner, at the event. The San Francisco Bay Area, and Sacramento, are expected to be capitals for adoption of hydrogen...

As any energy analyst will tell you, hydrogen is not in and of itself a fuel. Instead, it’s best seen as an “energy carrier,” and has to be extracted from something else—notably natural gas (through steam methane reforming) or water (through electrolysis). The cost of producing hydrogen—which could be compared to the...

Everybody pretty much knows what a gallon of something looks like. Think about a gallon of milk in your fridge. And every driver—for better or worse—knows how much a gallon of gasoline costs, and how far it will take you down the road. But ask somebody to picture a kilogram of gaseous hydrogen, and you’ll get a blank...

In a run from about 2002 to 2008, Honda racked up an impressive list of firsts regarding hydrogen-powered vehicles. But in the past five years, the Japanese automaker has been relatively quiet regarding fuel cells. The hiatus—which roughly coincides with the emergence of battery-powered cars—ended in January 2015 with...