Thomas Drennen of the HWS economics faculty will offer a seminar on “Pathways to a Hydrogen Future,” on Wednesday, Nov. 29 on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca.
In his abstract, Drennen notes that “hydrogen someday may fuel our cars and power and heat our homes and businesses.
“Moving to a hydrogen economy could help reduce our reliance on foreign oil, improve local air quality and reduce the risk of climate change.” It could truly revolutionize the way we use energy.
“Despite the potential of hydrogen, there is no guarantee that the hydrogen economy will happen, or that it will happen in the time frame envisioned by President Bush and others. The obstacles are considerable and the competing visions are many.”
He notes that his talk will seek to untangle “the competing visions of a hydrogen economy, explain the trade-offs and obstacles along the path, and offer recommendations for a path forward.”
Drennen’s results are based on a detailed simulation model he developed in collaboration with Sandia National Laboratories called “The Hydrogen Futures Simulation Model (H2Sim)” The model is used to evaluate the economic and environmental trade-offs of alternative hydrogen production, storage, transport, and end-use options in the year 2020.
The seminar series of which Drennen will be a part was created by Francis J. DiSalvo, the John A. Newman Professor of Physical Science and co-director of the Cornell Fuel Cell Institute.