nullRenewable energy and fuel cellsIn Thomas Dickerman's letter he quotes Amory Lovins as saying we could have our present way of life with 80% less energy (OGJ, Aug. 9, 2004, p. 10). It is worth noting that Amory Lovins made this claim shortly after the 1974 energy crisis. The fact that per capita energy consumption in the US today is virtually the same as in 1974 suggests that this claim is baseless.Mr. Dickerman asserts that we can use electric power to produce hydrogen by electrolysis of water and then use the hydrogen as a transportation fuel. He further alleges that a fuel cell system is three times as efficient as the internal combustion engine. This claim ignores the dismal ef...

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