EVLN: Nil $$M h2 infrastructure, expensive h2 & fcvs= What the frack?!?

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EVLN: Nil $$M h2 infrastructure, expensive h2 & fcvs= What the frack?!?

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Fracked natural gas (ch4) abundance> prices plunge = keep electricity prices down
% h2 from chemically reforming ch4 more expensive than ch4 or petrol %

The fracking boom causes a second look at fuel cell cars
February 21, 2014

According to a February 21, 2014 article in Energy Trends Insider, the abundance of [ch4] brought about by the fracking revolution is causing some to take a second look at fuel cell powered cars [(fcv)].

“In the mid-1990s, when fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) first appeared on my radar, they seemed like an ideal alternative to the gasoline engines in most passenger cars, offering zero tailpipe emissions and very low lifecycle, or well-to-wheels emissions of all types. Onboard hydrogen (H2) storage ... enabled higher energy density than then-current batteries, giving an FCV ... greater potential range than a comparable electric vehicle (EV) ... [fcv] Cost and technology readiness were the biggest barriers, along with non-existent retail H2 infrastructure.”

Most industrial [h2] is generated by chemically reforming natural gas [(ch4)]. In the early part of the current century, this looked to be economically problematic due to high [ch4] prices. But thanks to the fracking boom, an abundance of [ch4] has been discovered and is being exploited. This has caused prices of the product to plunge, keeping down electricity prices in countries like the United States that allow fracking. Since the price of oil and hence products like gasoline that is refined from oil remains high, [ch4] is suddenly very competitive with regular gasoline.

Of course a [fcv] would have to compete with electric vehicles, [ch4] burning cars, hybrids, and conventional gasoline and diesel cars. The problem of building a [h2] fuel distribution infrastructure still exists. But the day may have come in which [fcvs], ... [are] hybrids themselves ...
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