US set to overtake Europe's 'clean' e...

US set to overtake Europe's 'clean' energy lead

There are 9 comments on the www.ft.com story from Jan 23, 2008, titled US set to overtake Europe's 'clean' energy lead. In it, www.ft.com reports that:

A US investment boom in alternative energy and other new "clean" technologies is threatening to put Europe in the shade in a field it has traditionally dominated.

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Barlow, KY

#1 Jan 23, 2008
This is no surprise -- but then I read a lot of the Tech journals and such too...
Lenape

Redmond, WA

#2 Jan 23, 2008
That's good news.
Maybe the sleeping giant is finally waking up to reality.
Vox

Hereford, AZ

#3 Jan 23, 2008
With improving technologies and rising oil prices it was inevitible...and about time...
bruce

Auburn Hills, MI

#4 Jan 23, 2008
I doubt this will happen if Bush is still in power unless the oil companies can profit. His misguidance with ethanol and hydrogen from oil instead of water are just a tip of the fool's leadership or lack of.
Ajepa

Orlando, FL

#5 Jan 23, 2008
bruce wrote:
I doubt this will happen if Bush is still in power unless the oil companies can profit. His misguidance with ethanol and hydrogen from oil instead of water are just a tip of the fool's leadership or lack of.
Could you describe the process of getting hydrogen from water that does not involve oil somewhere in the procedure.
Oky Doky

Boise, ID

#6 Jan 23, 2008
Ajepa wrote:
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Could you describe the process of getting hydrogen from water that does not involve oil somewhere in the procedure.
It takes energy to split out hydrogen from water or oil. That is why hydrocarbons are so nice; they have the hydrogen and the energy.

Electricity or solar can be used to split out hydrogen from water, but the efficiency is still surprisingly low.
Matt

United States

#7 Jan 23, 2008
There are actually LOTS of ways to get hydrogen from water WITHOUT oil. However, they all require an energy source of one sort or another. And therein lies the MAIN problem with hydrogen. Until we can find a truly cheap source of renewable energy (like cheap photovoltaics), hydogen will not be feasible on a large scale.
jo fatala

New Haven, CT

#8 Jan 23, 2008
If Randy Mills is real all our energy problems are solved ( blacklightpower.com )
Gabby Jim

Salt Lake City, UT

#9 Jan 23, 2008
Well, whether you believe Global Warming is man made or not, we can be thankful for the cleaner air that will result from the financial boom in alternate energy.

As for hydrogen technology - that is really old-hat. Back in the 1970's Billings Energy Research of Provo/Orem, Utah was too many years ahead of the time - and "sombody" put the company out of busineses - but even today, we have to find a clean source for THAT - Breaking the bonds of water requires energy and electricity is the current favorite - even though cells are in development that will use sunlight directly to do that - without the intermideate step of electricity. But doing that on a commercial scale is probably about where Solar Cells were in the 1960's - a LONG way off. We can but hope the accelerted pace of technology will shorten the time.

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