Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Michio Kaku on Hydrogen Power
At the 2015 Consumer Electronics Shown in Las Vegas, Michio Kaku, Physicist, author, and well TV science personality, introduced Toyota's newest fuel cell powered car. The fuel it uses is hydrogen, the most abundant element in the universe. Hydrogen is inexhaustible in supply, non-toxic, and pollution free. When used to power a car, the only exhaust byproduct is water.
I started making videos about renewable energy and hydrogen in the early nineties. For the last decade, all of the clean energy thunder has been sucked by a range of battery technologies. There is definitely an important place in our energy future for batteries, but they are not a panacea.
In 2015, Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai will have production fuel cell cars available in showrooms in California. The big limiting factor on these vehicles is the lack of a fueling infrastructure. In the US, only Southern California currently has hydrogen available at public fueling stations. Let's hope the political will with our elected officials is there to rapidly expand the hydrogen fueling infrastructure across the nation.
I wrote a book called The Hydrogen Age was published in 2007. It is gratifying to see the kind of future I wrote about in that book coming to pass.
Here is Michio Kaku introducing Toyota's first production fuel cell car. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puvy6QxlPso