Re: Fuel Cell House, was Re: TECH: fuel cell car

From: Robert Coyote (
Date: Sun May 06 2001 - 19:34:25 MDT

Just as we put various odors in combustible fuels for safety reasons, the
same could be done for hydrogen, and a visual waveband emitting dopiant as

At 10:02 PM 5/6/01 +0200, you wrote:

>Of course a gas pipeline needs to have tighter checking on leaks
>due to hydrogen higher diffusivity. But if you make your hydrogen
>in the cellar in a fuel reformer, that's quite irrelevant.

One thing that will probably keep natural gas as the fuel of choice is that
hydrogen will embrittle and ultimately make steel gas lines fail. Also,
hydrogen burns with a colorless flame (it does emit UV, that's how you can
detect a hydrogen fire) so there are safety concerns with piping the pure
gas around the country.

Chuck Kuecker

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