The Hydrogen Energy Transition

Cutting Carbon from Transportation


  • Daniel Sperling, Founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS – Davis); Professor of Civil Engineering & Environmental Science at UC Davis; Co-director of UC Davis' Fuel Cell Vehicle Center; Associate Editor of Transportation Research (Environment), USA
  • James Cannon, President, Energy Futures, Inc., Boulder, Colorado

The Hydrogen Energy Transition addresses the key issues and actions that need to be taken to achieve a changeover to hydrogen power as it relates to vehicles and transportation, and explores whether such a transition is likely, or even possible. Government agencies and leaders in industry recognize the need to utilize hydrogen as an energy source in order to provide cleaner, more efficient, and more reliable energy for the world’s economies. This book analyzes this need and presents the most up-to-date government, industry, and academic information analyzing the use of hydrogen energy as an alternative fuel. With contributions from policy makers and researchers in the government, corporate, academic and public interest sectors, The Hydrogen Energy Transition brings together the viewpoints of professionals involved in all aspects of the hydrogen-concerned community. The text addresses key questions regarding the feasibility of transition to hydrogen fuel as a means of satisfying the world’s rapidly growing energy needs. The initiatives set forth in this text will mold the research, development and education efforts for hydrogen that will assist in the rapidly growing transportation needs for automobiles and other vehicles.
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Environmental Engineers, environmental consultants, renewable engery researchers and professionals, EPA officials, automobile industry researchers, graduate and undergraduate students in chemistry, engineering and environmental science


Book information

  • Published: June 2004
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-656881-3

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction & OverviewChapter 2: Back from the Future: To Build Strategies Taking Us to a Hydrogen AgeChapter 3: Prospecting the Future for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle MarketsChapter 4: Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicles: The Challenge for the FutureChapter 5: Where Will the Hydrogen Come From? System Considerations & Hydrogen SupplyChapter 6: Clean Hydrogen from Coal with CO2 Capture and SequestrationChapter 7: Doing Good by Doing Well: Entrepreneurship in the Hydrogen TransitionChapter 8: Hydrogen from ElectrolysisChapter 9: The President's US Hydrogen InitiativeChapter 10: The Hydrogen Transition: A California PerspectiveChapter 11: US Hydrogen Activity - A Reflection from the European PerspectiveChapter 12: Lessons Learned from 15 Years of Alternative Fuels Experience 1988 to 2003Chapter 13: Lessons Learned in the Deployment of Alternative Fueled VehiclesChapter 14: Understanding the Transition to New Fuels and Vehicles: Lessons Learned from Experience of Alternative Fuel and Hybrid VehiclesChapter 15: The "Chicken or Egg" Problem Writ Large: Why a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Focus is PrematureChapter 16: The Case for Battery Electric VehiclesEpilogue: Hydrogen Hope or Hype