Saturday, 15 February 2020

Hydrogen Hype

Letter to the Editor/Opinion Piece
Climate Sceptics Blog

Viv Forbes

15 February 2020

Dr Finkel (Australia’s Chief Scientist) is wrong - hydrogen will never be a “hero fuel source”.

Australia has no gas wells producing hydrogen – every bit of hydrogen we use must be generated by electrolysis of water or manufactured from natural gas or coal. These processes consume energy some of which could be recovered by using the hydrogen as a fuel to power cars or generate electricity. We could use solar or wind energy to generate hydrogen, but then they cannot generate electricity for consumers, industry and the millions of electric cars our political scientist also supports.

Burning hydrogen fuel is not even a zero-sum energy game – it is a negative-sum game, Dr Finkel. We can never get back the energy used to make the hydrogen.

And as for using hydrogen as a fuel for long distance trucks how does he propose to confine this dangerous, elusive, hard-to-handle, explosive gas without a complete replacement of everything in our massive diesel-powered transport industry including service stations, fuel lines, tanks and motors? 

It will create jobs, but only while the sucker cash lasts.

Hydrogen is the fuel of the sun, but not a net source of energy for Earth.

Viv Forbes
Washpool  Qld

Viv Forbes has qualifications in Geology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths and a long history of managing and analysing energy and industrial companies.


  1. Hydrogen may be the fuel of the sun but it doesn't burn it to make water, it fuses it into helium and generates energy in the process E=MC2. Until we learn to fuse hydrogen or another element, in a controlled way it is never going to be a substantual fuel on earth. The greens and socialists will fight us all the way to prevent hydrogen fusion because it is a nuclear process and not part of their plan to collapse the western world capitalist system so they can have their one world communist government.

  2. It seems to me we could use the highly variable renewables to solely produce hydrogen and then use the hydrogen to make electricity. I know there are multiple losses of effective power, but taking an unusable but available source of power to produce a salable and constant power generation. Is it economically a good idea? I think not, but it seems to have many advantages over renewables directly into the grid.

  3. Very well said and true in every respect Ronald, particularly your last sentence unfortunately.


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