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Inventive Times – Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

May the New Year 2017 bring you good health, happiness and success. May autonomous vehicles keep us safe. May hydrogen be our gas in the future. May fuel cell autos be in your dreams and driveway.   “Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.” …

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Festive Times – Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

A one-time diversion from the tedious, tiresome (NOT) history — includes fuel cells, though!! A Christmas story in three parts for the young and the young at heart – to read during the holidays ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and Santa was sad. He had wished for a small sportsauto …

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Exploratory Times – Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

“Three great actions; Explore, Experiment, Evolve.”                    Laila Gifty Akita The French Patent Number 731 gave Rivaz title to the use of combustible gasses, instead of steam, in a piston-type engine.  The combustion pushed a heavy piston upward in a cylinder.  Atop the piston is a toothed rod that engages …

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Early Times – Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

“Our duty is to preserve what the past has had to say for itself, and to say for ourselves what shall be true for the future.”         John Ruskin That awesome and humbling duty befalls historians. That said, this writer has experienced how much information is lost from as little as …

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The origin of hydrail and the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy

by guest blogger Stan Thompson Most profound thanks from the Mooresville Hydrail Initiative to the editors of the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy for the cover story on the 2003 American* origin of hydrogen fuel cell passenger railways in the December, 2016, issue! We don’t know of another instance where major elements of the world’s infrastructure (diesel …

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Optimistic Times – Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”       Winston Churchill Uncertainty about the future exists everywhere; change creates hesitation. Should the government go ‘right’, should it lean ‘left’, should it turn ‘green’?  Which energy policy should be promoted?  Nature itself seems …

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