Using the Wind to Power Your Car
Oct. 19, 2006: Cape Cod Today
Summary: Sound too good to be true?
Especially after just paying fifty bucks at the pump to fill your gas tank with a polluting fossil fuel? Research into the use of renewable wind energy to produce hydrogen to run your car is taking place as you read this, some of it at my old alma mater, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Virtually every automobile company is conducting or sponsoring research on fuel cells. Most fuel cells use hydrogen as a fuel. Hydrogen fuel cells have been long used on our space vehicles and in some military applications. They are just now finding their way into experimental vehicles being studied by the automobile industry. Fuel-cell powered cars and trucks can run two to three times as efficiently as fossil-fuel-powered vehicles.