Air Products hydrogen plant
An Air Products hydrogen production plant where natural gas (methane) is steam reformed into hydrogen, the bulk of it used by the petroleum refining industry to produce cleaner burning gasolines. Air Products and other hydrogen producers have plants similar to this one scattered all over the United States, which Richard Goodstein sees as a way to initially fuel hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles.

Making the Case for Hydrogen

Air Product's Richard Goodstein speaking before the 2004 Electric Drive Transportation Association in September 2004

By EV World

In 2004 dollars, the original NASA mission to put a man on the moon cost $66 billion dollars, spent over 8 years, Richard Goodstein told attendees to the EDTA conference in Orlando, Florida this past September.

By contrast, the Bush Administration is planning to spend a mere $1.7 Billion on five years on its fuel cell vehicle program. As a result, Goodstein remarked, people need to be realistic about what can and can't be done to move America towards a "Hydrogen Economy".

Goodstein, who is a Washington lobbyist for Air Products, the giant industrial gas supplier who stands to benefit significantly by any future the move away from gasoline to hydrogen, began his speech by pointing out that until quite recently there were actually more hydrogen refueling stations in North America than there were cars to use them. That situation has now changed with efforts by Ford and DaimlerChrysler to expand their on-road test fleets in 2004.

In this twenty-five minute address, available to EV World premium subscribers, Goodstein makes a compelling case for hydrogen, suggesting that given the current infrastructure of hydrogen production plants around the United States, we may not need -- at least at the outset -- to send the equivalent of an Apollo program to develop the necessary supporting hydrogen infrastructure, though he did acknowledge that there is still much that needs to be done to make fuel cell vehicles viable alternatives to internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.

To listen to Goodstein's presentation, use the Flash-based MP3 Player at the right, or feel free to download the 5.7Mb, MP3 file to your computer hard drive for playback on your iPod or similar MP3 device. EV World also wishes to express its thanks to the EDTA for permitting us to record this and other conference presentations.

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Published: 19-Dec-2004


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