New organisation to promote use of hydrogen fuel

A US-based organisation, Hydrogen Now!, has been launched to bring hydrogen fuel into the world energy market by educating and motivating the public internationally.

The organisation, based in Fort Collins, Colorado, comprising scientists, industry leaders and government representatives from all the world, was launched on 15 January and is under the direction of Dr. Maurice Albertson of

Colorado State University, professional engineer and co-creator of the

Peace Corps.

Hydrogen Now! is to launch a US campaign programme of information on talk

radio, newspapers, magazines, television and via the Internet and has drawn together previous and current studies done by the world’s major energy companies, private inventors, and the scientific community. “Hydrogen Now! will bring the results of work that has been done on hydrogen as a fuel source over the past 50 years to the public,” said Dr. Albertson. “Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe. Its use can be renewable, inexhaustible, non-toxic and non-polluting.”

According to Hydrogen Now! Public Information Director, Phil Walker, “The primary research and development has been virtually completed. Hydrogen as a fuel could now be used in every internal combustion engine in the world.” (See related story).

However, the organisation says it will proceed cautiously with its programme of public information. “We don’t want to give the public the idea that they can

start using hydrogen energy everywhere today,” says Albertson. “But the

fact is that we are ready to begin the process of implementation and the

development of an infrastructure that will result in a smooth transition

to the Hydrogen Economy.”

“Several countries, outside the United States, are way ahead of us in

terms of bringing the Hydrogen Economy to the their people,” said

Walker. “Our job at Hydrogen Now! is to bring a new level of awareness

to the public.”

Iceland recently revealed that it intends to be the first country to convert its energy economy to hydrogen power, and expects to gain complete freedom from dependence on oil or coal by 2030 (see related story).

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