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Drennen discusses hydrogen-powered cars

Associate Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies Thomas Drennen talked about one of his favorite areas of expertise, hydrogen-powered cars, in a story featured in the Sunday, Feb. 10 edition of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

Drennen explained some of the challenges that must be overcome in order for hydrogen-powered cars and sport utility vehicles to become widely available, and predicted that gasoline would rise to $4 per gallon before fuel cells are economically viable.

Noting that “the growth (in China) is unbelievable. They all want cars,” he said it’s likely European or Asian nations will “embrace fuel cell technology sooner than the American auto market,” and talked about the importance of lower-priced vehicles to American car-buyers.

Drennen is the author of a new book, “Pathways to a Hydrogen Future,” which seeks to untangle competing visions of a hydrogen economy, explain the trade-offs and obstacles, and offer recommendations for a path forward. The results are based on “The Hydrogen Futures Simulation Model,” developed at Sandia National Laboratories, where he is senior economist.

A member of the HWS faculty since 1995, he earned a B.S. in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.A. in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in resource economics from Cornell University. In 2006, he received the Hobart and William Smith Excellence in Teaching Award.

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