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Los Angeles Hosts First Pipeline-Fed Hydrogen Fueling Station In The US

by May 12, 2011
A Toyota Highlander hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle at the opening of the hydrogen filling station in Torrance, Calif. (NY Times)

A Toyota Highlander hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle at the opening of the hydrogen filling station in Torrance, Calif. (NY Times)

A recent post for TechCrunch by Lora Kolodny highlights the opening of the first US pipeline-fed hydrogen station last Tuesday.  The station is located in Southern California, just adjacent to the Toyota sales and marketing building in Torrance.

Because of the inherent complexity of mobile energy, this topic is of interest to Dialogue Earth.  We are working to provide quality, non-advocacy information to help understand complicated issues related to the environment.  A discussion about hydrogen vehicles raises the issue of greenhouse gas, and indirectly, carbon footprints.  It is important to understand the energy inputs and emissions resulting from all energy sources, including those billed as green.

For a taste of the challenge, my research suggests that most industrial hydrogen, including the hydrogen produced at the plants in Wilmington and Carson, is made through the reformation of hydrocarbons — a process that is purported to increase the energy yield from hydrocarbons to a yield of 80%. Air products claims that this increase in yield is “equivalent to avoiding more than 10 new refineries between 1976 and 2006 along with related carbon footprint during Hydrogen production their construction and operation.”

But how do fuel cells stack up against battery electric vehicles? Or vehicles that use other alternative fuels, such as hybrids?  There are a lot of facts out there, disseminated from all sorts of voices.

This is one niche that Dialogue Earth works to fill. Not by providing people with what they should do, but rather providing people with trustworthy content packed with facts, devoid of special interests, that inform people and assist them in making their own decisions.


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