A lot of our readers like to ask where did the hydrogen convergence framework come from. The answer is that the initial spark came from an event organized and moderated by members of the ebTDesign Forum for the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) in March of 2005. The NVTC event was called, “E-Business in the Hydrogen Economy.”
The concept of a “Hydrogen Economy” was extremely radical. Many so-called gurus said that there was no way that an economic framework could be developed using hydrogen fuel instead of fossil fuels like oil, coal or natural gas. Little did these gurus know that 2005 was going to be the year “peak oil” arrived. And many still haven’t acknowledged that peak oil has occurred.
Not only did a lot of very serious people fail to anticipate the arrival of peak oil. They also missed the fact that the world was losing its appetite for Globalization that happened in the summer of 2006. It’s not fair to criticize people for techno events that were only visible in hindsight. They can be challenged on their belief in battery electric vehicles because they know local power grids can’t handle the load.
Here is a copy of the Press Release:
E-Business in the Hydrogen Economy: How to Make Virginia a Leader in the Production and Use of Hydrogen
Sponsor: Northern Virginia Technology Council
Panelists: Dr. Saifur Rahman, director of the Center for Energy and the Global Environment at Virginia Tech in Alexandria; Mr. Keith N. Cole, director of legislative and regulatory affairs, General Motors Corporation; and Mr. Barney Rush, CEO, H2Gen Innovations.
Moderator: Zachary Alexander, Energy Architect, ebTDesign Forum
Time: Registration 7:30 am, program 8:00 to 9:30 am
More Information: Join the NVTC eBusiness Committee for a panel discussion on the opportunities for extending Virginia’s Internet dominance into the Hydrogen Economy. Additional information about the subject may be found in a September 3, 2004 article in the IEEE Institute called “Getting a Handle on Hydrogen.”