December 1988

Vol 3-12 December 1988
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher EPRI Meeting Creates H Task Force PALO ALTO, CA Accentuating the positive, participants in a two-day Hydrogen Workshop here at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in mid-November agreed to set up an ad hoc Hydrogen Industry Task Force with the ultimate aim to establish a Hydrogen Industry Council in the United States. EPRI also will co-sponsor a one-year study next year to look at the near-term economics of hydrogen in general, not just as fuel. The 57 attendees from industry, electric and gas utilities, aerospace, government, R&D and ...

November 1988

Vol 3-11A November 1988
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher November 1988 Dear Readers and Friends: This is about Testing the Waters: for a number of reasons I am thinking seriously about working more, perhaps exclusively, in hydrogen activities, and I want to build up and improve The Hydrogen Letter which presumably is in everybody's interest - yours and mine. Thus, I want to find out whether there is any need and/or interest in the u.s., Canada and other countries for a consultant/adviser, Washington Watchdog, or whatever else one chooses to call it, with my kind of experience. As most of you know, I'm ...
Vol 3-11 November 1988
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher Hydrogen Fuel Cell Sub in Sea Trials LUEBECK, W .GERMANY A hydrogen fue 1-cell powered submarine claimed to have "several times" the underwater range of conventional diesele lectric subs is currently undergoing sea trials in the Baltic and North Seas, and its designers say the prototype vessel lives up to and even exceeds their expectations. The sub that serves as a test bed for the fuel cell system is a 20-year old vessel of the German Type 205 class which "Jane's Fighting Ships" describes as a 144-foot boat with 450 tons displacement ...

October 1988

Vol 3-10 October 1988
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher Octrober 1988 Vol III/No. 9 Soviet Union Hosts 7th World Hydrogen Energy Conference~ Soviet Scien,ists Make Strong Showing MOSCOW, USSR -- Highlighted by an account on background and technical details of the flight of the hydrogen-powered Tupolev-155 last April and by reports on ne•li' major hydrogen initiatives involving Canada and Europe, the 7th World Hydrogen Energy Conference here September 25-29 provided a renewed sense that hydrogen was on its way to become a real factor in international energy strategies. If nothing else, the not entirely ...

August 1988

Vol 3-8 August 1988
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher Senate Passes Matsunaga Fuel Cell Bill WASHINGTON, D.C. -- With Congress' rush to adjourn for the fall campaign working to advantage, the U.S. Senate in early August passed Sen. Spark i'Iatsunaga's (D-HI) long-gestating fuel cell bills (THL July 1988) on voice votes. There was no debate on the floor in the August 9 vote except for ~Ia tsunaga' s introductory statements and a short speech by Sen. J. Bennett Johnston (D-LA) in support of the two measures, the Renewable Energy/Fuel Cell Systems Integration Act (S. 1294) and the Fuel Cells Energy ...

July 1988

Vol 3-7 July 1988
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher Firm Develops Novel H-Making Technology MIAMI, FL - :\ small hi,Jh-tech company here i s ieveloping a hydrogen ~r oduc ti on process by electrolr::.::. ': 'ol hydrochloric acid seeded with a "photosensitizer" using both solar and electrical energy. Solar Reactor Technologies ' (SRT) so-called RA 'fS process (for ~adia tion Augmen 1:ed Elect!" olysis) is a two-step cycle. In the first step, hydrochloric acid concentrate is photolyzed and electrolyzed in the dresence of a photosensitizer to pr oduce hydrogen,chlorine and dilute hydrochloric acid ...

June 1988

Vol 3-6 June 1988
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher First Plane Flies Exclusively on Hydrogen FT. LAUDERDALE, FL -- An octogenarian aviation pioneer who has won the Wright Brothers t1emorial Award, lived up to the challenge of that heritage by being the world's first pilot to take off, fly ~nd land a plane solely on liquid hydrogen. Unlike the Soviet TU-155 tri-jet which flew in mid-April (THL April 1988) and the American B-57 thirty years ago both of which used hydrogen in only one of their engines during part of the flight, William H. "Bill" Conrad soared aloft in his modified 4-passenger ...

May 1988

Vol 3-5 May 1988
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publi sher European Firms Cooperate on H-Fuel Cell Bus MOL. BELGIUM -- Fuel cell maker ELENCO here is teaming up with a bus manufacturer dnd an electrical equipment maker in Holland to design and build a hydrogen-powered fuel cell bus. The two partners are the team's leader HOLEC B. V., of Ridderkerk, responsible for the power system and low-voltage equipment, and bus builder B.V. Carrosseriefabriek Den Oudsten en Zonen, in \~oerden. The project has received the "EUREKA" label of approval, which designates advanced technology efforts developed in ...

April 1988

Vol 3-4A April 1988
-\. j Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher SPECIAL April 1988, Vol III/No 4A Soviets, In Historic First, Test Liquid-Hydrogen Jet MOSCOW/WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In a n.ilestone in the history of hydrogen energy, the Soviet Union appears to have gotten the jump on other nations by testing for the first time a present-generation, commercial-size jet aircraft capable of using liquid hydrogen as fuel. According to the Soviet news agency TASS, the aircraft, a tri-jet Tupolev 154 which flew on April 15, is capable of using both liquid hydrogen and liquid natural gas. Flights using LNG are to ...
Vol 3-4 April 1988
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher Sen. Matsunaga: Soviet H-Flight is Milestone WASHINGTON , D.C. -- S~n. Spark Matsunaga (D~ I), calling th~ mid-April flight of the Soviet hydrog~n-power~d jet transport (THL April 1988 Sp~cial) "a milestone", urged the R~agan administration to r~consider and support hydrog~n legislation now languishing in committ~e. In a sp~ech \v~dnesday ll.pril 27 on th~ S~nat~ floor, Matsunaga recall~d that hearings on his bill, s. 1296, and a similar bill introduced in the Hous~ by Rep. George Brown, Jr. (D-CA), were the subject of hearings last S~ptember ...

March 1988

Vol 3-3 March 1988
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publ isher HIC-U.S. Meeting Set for June PALO ALTO, CA -- A workshop to investigate the feasibility of setting up an American Hydrogen Industry Council is scheduled to be held in mid-June at the Electric Power Research Institute here. The June 16-17 workshop is being organized by Texas A&M University ' s Center for Electrochemical Systems and Hydrogen Research (CESHR ). In the invitational letter, CESHR director A. John Appleby said canada , West Germany and Japan "have made a profound conunitment to hydrogen as the fuel (or more accurately, as an energy ...

February 1988

Vol 3-2 February 1988
Peter Hoffmann, Ed itor and Publ isher Oak Ridge Investigates H from Algae OAK RIDGE, TENN --Genetic engineering of water-splitting green microalgae may hold the key to efficient photobiological hydrogen production, says the leader of a research group pursuing that goal at Oak Ridge National Laboratory here. Elias Greenbaum, who heads the biochemical and biophysical research group at Oak Ridge, says his team has already proven the technical soundness of the idea of employing green algae to produce hydrogen. In nature, photosynthesis produces carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and ...

January 1988

Vol 3-1 January 1988
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher Researchers Design H-Capable Car Fuel System PHOENIX, ARIZ. -- An Arizona energy research group is developing an electronically controlled add-on spark injection system for internal combustion engines that its propopents say would ease the transition from fossil fuels to alternative fuels such as hydrogen. The so-called Precision Spark Injection (PSI) project is a joint effort of Research Analysts, ~ d:.vision of Trans Energy Corp., a Phoenix engineering firm; the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineeri(lg at Arizona State University ...