An operation called H2 Technologies is planning a hydrogen-refueling station for Carson City, Nevada. Are there any vehicles that run on hydrogen anywhere near Carson City? It would be nice, but it’s not necessary for the business plan:
The electrolyzer technology at the station will separate water into its component elements, hydrogen and oxygen. While hydrogen-fueled vehicles are all the rage as a method of reducing tailpipe emissions, H2 Technologies is contracting with a supplier of industrial gases to sell oxygen — the waste product — at wholesale for medical and industrial uses.
“That secondary market makes the station profitable from day one,” says Gary Lord, a principal in H2 Technologies. “We create copious amounts of oxygen.”
What probably is necessary for the business plan is a $1.1 million loan from the Nevada State Office of Energy.
Expected price for hydrogen is $10/kg; if hydrogen-powered cars can do 60 to 70 miles per kilogram, they’ll be competitive with gas-powered cars, and their major emissions product will be water vapor — which is a greenhouse gas, but don’t say that too loud.
(Via Autoblog Green.)