“What if the Obama Administration turned over the nation’s anti-obesity program to McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s?” asks Richard Hennek, co-founder and business development VP at Florida’s Bing Energy.
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“You would expect outrage,” he says in an opinion piece. But “that’s exactly what’s happening with America’s clean energy research and development for vehicles,” Hennek says.
The problem, as he sees it, is that the U.S. Energy Department’s U.S. DRIVE initiative (Driving Research and Innovation for Vehicle efficiency and Energy sustainability) is a partnership largely of vehicle OEMs and oil companies. And “the only fossil fuel and greenhouse gas-free solution with the power to transform how we fuel transportation – hydrogen – was quietly dropped from consideration and support,” he says.
“This is hypocrisy standing in the way of progress,” Hennek says. “Allowing automakers and big oil companies to control this dialogue while ignoring those that produce hydrogen-powered technologies is wrong. This is an example of the federal government putting its trust in the status quo to change things. If change is the goal, this is doomed to failure.
“Hydrogen fuel cells are the only energy source that is carbon free and helps make a meaningful attack on climate change,” he maintains, as plug-in electrics for the most part depend on fossil fuel-generated grid electricity.
“Investing limited taxpayer dollars in technologies that are short-term solutions, like battery electric or fossil fuel-based, risks putting our nation further behind in the ongoing energy revolution.”
Bing employs an economical carbon-nanotube technology for making fuel cell cathodes and anodes. “We reduce the amount of platinum substantially,” Hennek told F&F – up to 80%. The use of “bucky paper,” he says, “allows us to put the platinum where it does the most good.”