Hydrogen Powers Energy Hopes

Experts say it may be the fuel of the future.

Published: 02-Apr-2001

Hydrogen, the simplest atom, is everywhere. So perhaps it's not surprising that the most abundant element in the universe would worm its way into the midst of California's deepening energy crisis.

Rolling blackouts and skyrocketing utility rates are focusing new attention on the risks of relying solely on the public power grid for electricity.

"The California situation is enlightening a lot of businesses and individuals about the need for an alternative energy source for backup or primary power," said Jim Kirsch, a vice president and head of a power generation unit at Ballard Power Systems in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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