O2 go

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.)


  1. McGehee »

    23 April 2012 · 10:58 am

    Increasing water vapor emissions in western Nevada will certainly contribute to non-global moistening.

  2. jsallison »

    24 April 2012 · 9:23 pm

    I’d like to see an initiative to establish compressed natural gas refueling points at the interstate rest areas in OK. Between I-40/44/35 that would bring enough of the state into reasonable refueling range to make CNG refueling potentially practicable in OK. I swear to god my next vehicle would have enough tankage to do 1500 miles. I’m sure T Boone would be happy with that but I care less about him than I do (not) about Hanoi Jane.

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