The world has recently changed,
and we all stand to benefit. What has begun on the island of Iceland may
forever shift the way energy is produced and consumed on the planet.
Several decades ago, Iceland
imported large quantities of coal to generate their electrical energy.
Engineers then realized the abundant renewable energy potential of their
rivers and geothermal deposits.
Their commitment to using domestic
energy has converted their fossil fuel burning to a complete reliance
today on geothermal and hydropower to supply all electricity needs. The
geothermal heat is also used for space heating in homes and businesses.
This is a sustainable model of electrical production with minimal pollution.
Now, Iceland has taken the
next step to transform their autos and buses to run on clean burning hydrogen.
When burned or used in a fuel cell, the only by-product of the reaction
is steam and some heat. There’s no carbon dioxide (CO2),
nitrous or sulfur oxides (NOX or SOX) or particulate matter.
With the support of several
European firms, Iceland has launched the world’s
first hydrogen fueling station with the fuel coming from electrolyzing
water with renewable energy.
Their electricity is produced
with clean renewable energy, and now the transportation sector can be
fueled by a clean renewable fuel — hydrogen. [Editor's note: You can
do this simple
electrolysis demonstration at home. It’s the same process that's used
in Iceland, except they are using excess renewable energy to make the
clean burning hydrogen!]
This will revolutionize
the global energy equation. What if you could literally power your
next vacation or business trip on water? What would that mean for the
environment, and for all the nations who depend upon oil to run their
with your dollars by investing in the sustainability of our planet.