H2O – driven motors only make sense when water is being desalinated efficiently
By Ralph T. Niemeyer
Fossil fuels are accused of having negative impacts on the world’s climate and even when one may debate that the CO2 emission is not the biggest problem but rather the NOX and SO4 emissions the usual oil based motors will one day be replaced for good. Electronic transmissions are inefficient and a death spiral when either nuclear or fossil fuel is it’s base.
But, where shall the H come from? So far it has been produced by the use of natural gas which is not quite ecological. An alternative was an electrolytic process during which water is being put under electronic influence so that the unity of H and O2 is being dissolved. If one used ecologically produced energy for this H20 splitting the water-based fuel would be “C02-neutral”.
The current production of such “clean electricity” in industrialised economies is anything but sufficient to produce also H, so one because of the high investments required for electrolytic plants, would need to run such for 4000 hours per year in order to break even.
Despite the worldwide expansion of wind power this won’t change much as in countries like Germany all thinkable resources would be over-exhausted by the demand by those required 500 Terrawatt hours of electricty needed by 2050 for significantly transforming the domestic air, sea and car traffic into a “Climate Change – neutral” H20 – transport. These 500 terrawatt hours represent today’s entire energy consumption of Germany.