December 1987

Vol 2-12 December 1987
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher Hydrogen Bill Introduced in German Bundestag BONN, W. GERMANY -- A group of opposition Social Democratic members of the West German Bundestag (Parliament) introduced legislation for a solar energy and hydrogen energy research and development program in December, the first such legislative initiative in the Federal Republic of Germany. The move is spearheaded by Hermann Scheer, an MP from Baden-Wuerttemberg, one of Germany's hightech regions, whose voting district includes the headquarters of Daimler-Benz, the German carmaker long in the ...

November 1987

Vol 2-11 November 1987
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher Summit Should Address Global Warming WASHING'l'ON, D.C. --Sen. John H. Chaffee (RR. I. ) wants President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to use the upcoming summit meeting between the two world leaders to begin fashioning an agreement to combat the Greenhouse Effect. "Although 'ozone' is in the news, we cannot afford forget the problems of the greenhouse effect and global climate change," Chaffee said in his address at a dinner at the start of a two-day climate change conference here Oct. 27-28 held by the new Climate Institute. ...

October 1987

Vol 2-10 October 1987
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher Siljan Experiment On Hold CHICAGO, ILL. -- Drilling in Sweden's Sil jan ~ing experiment, designed to prove that abiogenic r.~ethane is constantly being created deep in the earth's mantle (THL, January 1987), has been suspended because of mechanical and financial problems. What's more, the results "so far are far from conclusive," reports Dr. Ferol Fish, manager of physics of the physical science department of the Gas Research Institute ( GRI) here which is supporting the project. The project has been plagued by breaks in the drill strings ...

September 1987

Vol 2-9 September 1987
nletter Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher September 1987 Vol II /No. 9 House, Senate Panels Hold Hydrogen Hearings; Administration Opposes New Legislation WASHINGTON D.C. -- Hydrogen's long march through America's political institutions took a mod~st step forward with the first hearing on the subject ever in the U.S. Senate. The hearing was one of two held the same day Sept. 23 before House and Senate subcommittees, respectively -- the House in the morning and the Senate in the afternoon -- pitting hydrogen advocat~s from industry and academia against \vitnesses for an ...

August 1987

Vol 2-8 August 1987
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publ isher California Town Plans City H-Truc:ks RIVERSIDE. CA -- Driven by the need to meet air quality standards and motivated by the urge to make advanced alternative fuels a reality, a group of energy activitists- is planning to convert some· municipal vehicles to hydrogen. Dr. Robert Zweig, president of the Clean Fuel Institute here and well known in the international hydrogen community, is applying on behalf of the city of Riverside for funding for the project to both California's Energy Commission and the South Coast Air Quality Management ...

July 1987

Vol 2-7 July 1987
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher Europe Investigates Canadian Hydrogen ISPRA, ITALY -- The German chemical industry group DECHEMA with the support of the European Community is seriously studying the idea of buying inexpensive Canadian electricity, converting it to hydrogen and shipping it to Europe for use as a fuel. A report on the DECHEMA/EC study will be presented by the originator of the concept, Dr. J. Gretz of the European Communities' Joint Research Center here, at the International Solar Energy Society's (ISES) international congress Sept. 13- 18 in Hamburg, Germany. ...

June 1987

Vol 2 - Special June 1987
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher June 1987 Vol II/(SPECIAL) Rep. Brown, Sen. Matsunaga Introduce New Hydrogen Bills WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rep. George E. Brown Jr. (D-CA) and Sen. Spark Matsunaga (D-HI) simultaneously introduced new hydrogen bills plus two companion bills aimed at fas.~er commercialization of fuel cells in the House of Representatives and the Senate in late May. Matsunaga's bill was co-sponsored by the other Democratic senator from Hawaii, Daniel Inouye, and Sen. Daniel J. Evans (R-Wash). On the House side, Brown's co-sponsors were Daniel Akaka (D-HI), David McCurdy ...
Vol 2-6 June 1987
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher June 1987 Vol II/No. 6 Conqreas, Carmakers Urge Methanol as Car Fuel WASHINGTON, D.C. -- American carmakers and Congress begin to agree on the need for alternative fuels, and the first choice is methanol. Hydrogen was not even mentioned in the first of three hearings June 17 before the House subcommi tee on energy and power. Instead, witnesses from the Departments of Energy and of Transportation. the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the three major American carmakers and Cununins Engine Co. focussed on alcohol fuels, compressed natural ...

May 1987

Vol 2-5 May 1987
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher Metallic Hydrogen Prospects Draw Closer WASHINGTON, D.C.-- In the general excitement about the race to achieve superconductivity at increasingly higher temperatures, next to nothing has been heard about efforts to produce metallic hydrogen, a material that may be the best superconductor yet. But one researcher in the forefront of this field thinks that the pressures,· at which theory predicts the occurence of the material, could be achieved by the end of the year. Peter M. Bell and his co-worker David Ho-kwang Mao produced solid, but ...

April 1987

Vol 2-4 April 1987
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher Planet Locked Into Heat Rise, Study Says WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The high water levels that have increasingly plagued the Great Lakes and more frequent weather extremes in many parts of the United States foreshadow what might be the meteorological norm of a coming Greenhouse Effect, says the World Resources Institute. A new report released in April by the Washi ngton -base d envi ronme ntal resear ch group warns of the apparently unavoidable heat buildup in the atmosphere due to the burning of fossil fuel and growing concentration of other gases. ...

March 1987

Vol 2-3 March 1987
The Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher Engineers Stage Upbeat H-Conference STUTl"GART, W.GERMANY -- "Review, Concepts, Perspectives" were the triple themes of a t~JO-day hydrogen conference here in mid-March, and at the end, perspectives seemed brighter indeed. The March 11-12 conference was staged at Stuttgart University 'by the energy section of the prestigious German Engineering Association VDI (Verein Deutscher Ingenieure) in collaboration with the resident vanguard hydrogen organization, the German aerospace research agency DFVLR. The conference I s and the topic I s -- ...

February 1987

Vol 2-2 February 1987
Peter Hoffmann, Edito r and Publisher F e bru ary 1 987 Vo l II/ No. 2 DoE Budgets $1 Million for Hydrogen WASHINGTON, D.C. The Department of Energy's fiscal 1988 budget request inclu des roughly Sl milli on for hydrogen re s e arch and development a s part of the d e pa r t me n t ' s thermal a n d c he mic a l storage pr o gram, according to Cap it ol Hill sou rc e s . T he figure represents a restorat ion of the 1 98 6 level whi ch included a S 9 95 ,O OO a p p ro p r i a t i o n t hat was reduced, a ppa r e n t ly by an ed i t i ng er ror i n t h e budg et d r a f t i n g ...

January 1987

Vol 2-1 January 1987
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher January 1987 Vol II/No. 1 Bavaria has 50 million at present Canadian Plans to Extract H from Minerals ST. LAMBERT, QUEBEC, CANADA A Canadian geochemist wants to commercialize a process that would wring gaseous hydrogen as well as several types of valuable metals from certain kinds of rocks and clay. At the same time, the process, which occurs in nature, can help do away with vast stockpiles of useless and environmentally dangerous asbestos tailings one of the main sources of so-called "ultramafic" rock on which the process is based ...