Iceland Pioneers Hydrogen Revolution

Nation's abundant geothermal and hydro-electric resources allow it to make hydrogen cheaply.

Published: 29-Dec-2001

In 1874 the science fiction writer Jules Verne envisaged a world in which water would replace coal as the fuel of the future.

Now the Icelanders believe they can turn that dream into reality within a generation - and they are taking the first steps next year in their project to create the world's first hydrogen society.

Iceland has already gone further than any other country in exploiting its abundant sources of renewable energy. Virtually all of its electricity and heating comes from hydroelectric power and the geo-thermal water reserves tapped from the hot rock layers lying just beneath the surface of this extraordinary island.

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