mux wrote:In general, having been on the hydrogen train since 2005 now, actively working on FCEVs for 4 years and having been very aware in an enthusiast kind of way of hydrogen vehicles since their renaissance in 1999-2000, I've personally gone through this whole cycle of enthusiasm, interest, hopefulness, denial and finally acceptance a couple of times now. I recognize myself in people like GRA but man, it's so much better for your health if you just face the facts and drop the religion.
The view I have these days are boren out of insights you only get from a combination of academic honesty and lots of time to think about things. I've had 10+ years to mull things over before I got to as strong and well-founded of an opinion as I do now. There is no shame in hoping and believing, I mean, lots of people are still religious these days even though if you're honest with yourself it's blindingly obvious there's no such thing as a god or gods. Hydrogen, nuclear power and to some extent the future relevance of fossil fuels are the big religions of energy these days. People believe in them and only seem to be strengthened in their views and beliefs the more you tell them it's never going to go anywhere. And the most ardent 'haters' are often the ones, like me, that once belonged to that religion.
Ain't no religion here, just an interest in the tech (as I have with batteries) without believing they're the second coming, the answer to life, the universe and everything, or even a guaranteed success. To me, it's just one of two possible ZEV techs that may get us off fossil-fueled transportation. I'll be happy if either or both succeed, but I'm not emotionally invested in either of them. I'll weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each, and recommend they be used appropriately. Just as I've been doing with AE for 30-odd years now, and AFVs for 20.
What I care about is providing sustainable transportation (which may include some amount of biofuels) that people want. How that's done is of secondary priority to me at this time. And now, to avoid yet another extended repetition of the OT and never-ending debate about FCEVs vs. BEVs (when I consider it most likely they'll end up being complimentary), I'll end.