We have entered into the hydrogen market and I am very interested in the fact that a few months later we start seeing headlines like this. We did not plan it this way but I have to say after 25 some years in the industry I do start to see patterns and many technologies have been around for years. Hydrogen is one of those and I felt the timing was right. To me it is a no brainer. I witnessed hydrogen produced from a solar panel and water years ago. It is a clean burning fuel that can be created at the location needed for use. I have heard all the economic detractors and think they are missing the whole picture. I said this about solar 25 years ago and I am saying this about hydrogen now. I have utilized batteries in many applications over the years and am intimately knowledgeable on their limitations. I predict they will have a 10 year run. When solar really got traction in the market there were numerous solar technologies that jumped up taking in huge investments. All these thin film solar companies are pretty much gone or forgotten. The fact is what was tried and true (silicon) is what is primarily used and if you want to make a bet on solar panels it is primarily how to reduce the cost of making the solar cells. Folks I offer the hypothesis that energy storage will follow the same pattern. We know that hydrogen is a great energy storage method and offers versatility that batteries can never achieve. It has been used for many years (ask NASA) or the hydro dams in Canada that have been producing hydrogen from their excess power using electrolysis and water for many years now. It will be the reduction in cost and enhancing the efficiency. We did it with silicon and we can do it with hydrogen. I am pretty proud that we have engineered a unit that has enhanced the efficiency and eliminated the need to scrub the hydrogen from the oxygen but the fact is that when it gains traction like solar has these young emerging minds will continue to innovate and perfect the technology.
By Caleb A. Scharf
Two billion year-old water pockets and a revised deep hydrogen content are good news for Earth’s vast subsurface biosphere, and could offer clues to life on Mars and much further beyond.
One source is where rock and water sit together. Radioactivity from rocks laced with elements like uranium can break up water molecules (the process of radiolysis), and the geochemical process of serpentization also spits out molecular hydrogen in abundance. Active hydrothermal vent systems on ocean beds are one environment where hydrogen is readily made, and methanogenic organisms thrive there. But what about the subsurfaces of Earth’s continents, the most ancient parts of the lithosphere?
Connecting these discoveries to methane on Mars is, at present, a stretch. But it’s not unreasonable to suppose that the ancient martian subsurface could resemble Earth’s present Precambrian subsurface environment – with long undisturbed water sitting in fractures, and a healthy molecular hydrogen production. Extinct or extant life, however it operated, would surely exploit an energy source like this, and the products could eventually find their way to the surface.
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