Self discharge: 100% in 14 days

Another quality criterion for batteries is the self discharge. This determines how long a battery can be stored and how much power is necessary to hold the charge.

  Tank with liquid hydrogen

The tank with liquid hydrogen has a quite extreme self discharge. By the Opel Zafira hydrogen presentation, 14 days had been mentioned for the complete self discharge of the tank. Then 4 kgs of hydrogen with 133 kWh of chemical energy are simply away. To produce this again with electrolysis and to liquefy the hydrogen and transport it again to the gas station are about 200 kWh necessary. This translates to 600 watts self discahrge of the hydrogen tank of a car.

  Extrem high standby consumption

Save electric power! The hunt for the high standby power usage. Some old television or satellite receivers are using really 15 W for standby. 131 kWh per year! As much as a small refrigerator.

But what should one say about a car's tank of liguid hydrogen? 600 watts Standby power usage! 5265 kWh per year. Almost triple my electric power bill of 2003 for 4 persons household with 2 computer workplaces.

  29250 km with Peugeot 106 electric

Only with the self discharge of the liquid hydrogen fuel tank, a Peugeot 106 electric could drive 29,250 kms per year. Really a joke! But if a big group like General Motors presents a joke as a serious future vision, it takes sometimes a long time to find out what the joke is.

Where will hydrogen as a storage medium determine our energy future and where will the hydrogen technology fail by more suitable methods?

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles
Directory over all our reports and comments about the hydrogen fuel cell technology in the field of mobility

Hydrogen tank and infrastructure
How is it possible to distribute hydrogen to an gas station net and to store in the vehicles tanks? How real is hydrogen technology for mobility?

  Hydrogen car with fuel cell

Facts on the subject hydrogen car. How realistic is an engine concept which distinguishes by low reach and expensive not available infrastructure?

The hype about hydrogen The hype about hydrogen
The author of our recommendet book Joseph J. Romm was advisor in the hydrogen and fuel-cells program during the term of office from President Clinton

2,359 kWh per liter of liquid hydrogen
The tank is a main problem with the hydrogen. Hydrogen boils with -252,76 degrees Celsius and in a liter contains only 2359 Wh chemical energy.

Battery technology electrolysis and fuel cell
Hydrogen with electrolysis and fuel cell must be seen as a battery technology. Electric power is used with the electrolysis and is taken from the fuel cell.

False investment hydrogen research for fuel cell cars
If all the billions for the hydrogen research would have been invested for better a lithium battery technology, we would already have hybrid cars to go 80% by electric power.

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