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The hydrogen age : empowering a clean-energy future /
Geoffrey B. Holland and James J. Provenzano.
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1st ed.
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Salt Lake City, Utah : Gibbs Smith, c2007.
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xiv, 370 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 23 cm.
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158685786X (pbk.), 9781586857868 (pbk.)
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Salt Lake City, Utah : Gibbs Smith, c2007.
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158685786X (pbk.)
9781586857868 (pbk.)
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6356744
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 347-361) and index.
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The world is ready to escape its oil dependency.
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Each new age in humanity's existence has brought about remarkable advancements and vast improvements in the lives of many members of the human family. But we now find ourselves in a race against time. The Earth and its atmosphere are showing the effects of our massive overconsumption of the planet's finite natural resources. Oil is becoming an increasingly scarce resource. The supply is finite and and production is peaking. The price at the pump is spiraling relentlessly upward. Our dependence on dirty, fossil forms of energy is off the scale and no longer manageable. Beyond that, our bloated consumption of fossil energy is driving the ominous phenomenon known as global warming. It is polluting our skies, our waterways, and our oceans. The environmental, social, and economic impact of our oil addiction amounts to the greatest challenge ever faced by humankind. We all have a stake in building a future that is both sustainable and equitable for all the world's people. Because energy is the lifeblood of civilization, the foundation for a prosperous, healthy, and secure future will be built on a new kind of energy currency. "If we could write the script for our energy future, and could select the characteristics of our replacement for oil, what might we ask for? Would we want our choice to be clean with no polluting emissions? Would we wish for it to be nontoxic? Would we hope for it to be limitless in quantity so we would never run out? Would we ask that it be at least as safe as the fuels to which we are accustomed? Would we want it to be universally available so that all the world's people are empowered equally? Would we seek an alternative that is easily adaptable to a broadrange of applications? Would we want a fuel that we could safely make in our own homes? How about a fuel that, when it is used, produces its own feedstock? It turns out that of the handful of energy choices being promoted as alternatives, there is one fuel that closely fits the script we would choose to write. That fuel is hydrogen." Hydrogen linked with clean, renewable sources of energy provides the prescription for the ills of an ailing planet. Geoffrey B. Holland and James J. Provenzano's hallmark book The Hydrogen Age details just how this remarkable energy carrier has been vital to the workings of the universe since the beginning of time, and why it is now ready to play a central part in healing our Earth, our atmosphere, and the world's economies as a clean-energy commodity. Welcome to The Hydrogen Age! Geoffrey B. Holland is the EMMY-award winning producer of Renewable Power: Earth's Clean Energy Destiny (1998). He has been writer, producer, and/or directed twelve documentaries and educational videos, half of which focus on renewable energy and hydrogen. Holland has traveled to many parts of the world, documenting civilizations' exploitation and overuse of Earth's resources. In 1995, with William Hoagland, Holland cofounded Hydrogen 2000, Inc., a nonprofit organization focused on drawing the media's attention to clean, renewable forms of energy. A graduate of Kansas State University, Holland went on to advanced studies in bio-medical sciences at the University of Washington. He currently lives with his wife, Jennifer, in Oregon. James J. Provenzano is the president of Clean Air Now, one of the oldest air quality advocacy organizations in the country, and is aleading expert in the field of hydrogen and renewable energy. As manager of Xerox Corporation's environmental programs, he played a key role in developing and managing the early hydrogen-fuel infrastructure in California, contributing to the U.S. Department of Defense study on the technological feasibility of using renewable hydrogen to fuel vehicles. Provenzano graduated from Boston College and holds Master's and Candidate in Philosophy degrees in biology from UCLA. He is a resident of Los Angeles.
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The world is ready to escape its oil dependency.

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"This book delivers. The pictures alone tell the story. The Hydrogen Agebeautifully makes the case that the age of clean and green energy, including hydrogen and renewables, has arrived. It inspires with its vision of an era in which tens of millions of high quality, environmentally friendly jobs will be generated...distributed renewable energy can power the nations of the world as they build a more democratic, just, and peaceful global society."
The New Gideons Bible Or How To Really Save The World. I've got an idea. You know all those free Gideons Bibles in hotel rooms all over the world that nobody reads (how many trees? how many carbon emissions?). Let's start a new movement. Let's, one by one, replace them with copies of The Hydrogen Age: Empowering A Clean Energy Future, by Geoffrey Holland and James Provenzano. It's loaded with stories (and pictures) of hope and redemption that we all could read. Now there's salvation.
With its engaging, magazine-like layout and extensive use of graphics, Holland and Provenzano's book pulls the reader along for a breathless tour of all the ways hydrogen can be put to use.
Written with the same clarity as the script of the film by the same name, The Hydrogen Agedemonstrates the kind of thinking needed by people who are serious about wanting to right our planet's environmental ills. The book is content rich and guides the reader through a sophisticated primer of the events that led to the global energy supply we have today. The authors are knowledgeable and passionate and convey their information in a straight-forward, easy-to-understand manner. This is not a book for readers looking for simple solutions that fit neatly into sound bites. The Hydrogen Ageis aimed at the reader who wants to understand our energy options and how hydrogen links them all together.
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Summaries
Long Description
Hydrogen stands out as the best alternative to traditional polluting fossil fuels for many reasons-it can be produced without pollution, is nontoxic and noncorrosive, and we can never run out of it. It is as safe as or safer than the fuels we currently use and can be made virtually anywhere. The Hydrogen Age explains this promising fuel, shows how it can be harnessed to serve virtually all of our energy needs, and reveals why hydrogen is destined to become the clean, safe, renewable fuel of choice for the future. Marketing highlights etc. The companion documentary The Hydrogen Age is available for purchase through American Public Television. For more information, visit www.hydrogen2000.com. Five-city tour. Television, magazines, newspaper media. Co-op available. Did you know? Each of us is about 15 pounds by body weight, hydrogen atoms. About 88 percent of all the atoms in the universe are hydrogen atoms. Hydrogen is the primary fuel that powers the stars including our own sun. At any given time, hydrogen bound in water and other organic chemical forms accounts for more than 70 percent of everything that exists on our planet's surface. Hydrogen can be produced from a variety of primary energy sources; solar, wind, biomass, geothermal nuclear, fossil fuels. Unlike electricity, hydrogen can be stored for extended periods for use on demand. A universe without hydrogen is a universe without stars, without water, without life. In a free state, hydrogen is a colorless gas. It has no odor, no taste, and is nontoxic.
Main Description
Hydrogen is the energy of the future. The book presents the history of energy, especially of oil and coal and discusses the problems that exist with continuing to use those resources. Hydrogen stands out as the best alternative to traditional polluting fossil fuels for many reasons-it can be produced without pollution, is nontoxic and noncorrosive, and we can never run out of it. It is as safe as or safer than the fuels we currently use and can be made virtually anywhere. The Hydrogen Age explains this promising fuel, shows how it can be harnessed to serve virtually all of our energy needs, and reveals why hydrogen is destined to become the clean, safe, renewable fuel of choice for the future.
Main Description
Hydrogen stands out as the best alternative to traditional polluting fossil fuels for many reasons-it can be produced without pollution, is nontoxic and noncorrosive, and we can never run out of it. It is as safe as or safer than the fuels we currently use and can be made virtually anywhere.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Viewing hydrogen as the energy of the future, this book presents the history of energy, especially of oil and coal, and discusses the problems that exist with continuing to use those resources.
Main Description
Hydrogen is a clean, renewable fuel source and the energy of the future, whether at home, work or play, at sea or in space. Co-written by an Emmy Award-winning producer and a leading expert on hydrogen, The Hydrogen Age presents the history of energy and the problems in using oil and coal, then explains how hydrogen can be produced from a variety of primary sources to serve virtually all our energy needs.Illustrated with colour photos, The Hydrogen Age will appeal to conservationists, environmentalists, entrepreneurs and anyone concerned with our future. A companion documentary is available through American Public Television.
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WHAT THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY COMMUNITIES ARE SAYING ABOUT THE HYDROGEN AGE "This book by Geoffrey Holland and James Provenzano offers a compelling and comprehensive view of the issues related to the monumental energy transition that is now underway. It was written for the layperson who wants to be informed. It could not have come at a better time." From the foreword by Terry Tamminen Director of the Climate Program, New America Foundation Former Secretary of CalEPA, 2003-2006 "I can confidently say that with The Hydrogen Age, Geoff Holland and James Provenzano have given the layperson historical, technical, environmental, and social context to the necessary quest of realizing a truly pollution-free energy economy. This book provides a most valuable resource for the public to get up to speed on where we have been and where we are headed in supplying the world's much needed energy currencies." Alan C. Lloyd, Ph.D. President, International Council on Clean Transportation Chairman, U.S. DOE's Hydrogen & Fuel Cells Technical Advisor Committee "Holland and Provenzano have written the definitive text on civilization's passage from a carbon to hydrogen era. The hydrogen age will fundamentally change our culture and economic system and augurs a transformed relationship between technology and the environment. Along with peak oil, we face peak soil, and to find our way forward we will have to look to water as our source of fuel, not further depletion of Iowa farmlands. The Hydrogen Age provides a clear roadmap to carbon drawdown, an enduring civilization, and renewed hope. It is a brilliant and much needed achievement." Paul Hawken Author, Sacred Unrest: How theLargest Movement in the World Came into Being, and Why No One Saw It Coming
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WHAT THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY COMMUNITIES ARE SAYING ABOUT THE HYDROGEN AGE "This book by Geoffrey Holland and James Provenzano offers a compelling and comprehensive view of the issues related to the monumental energy transition that is now underway. It was written for the layperson who wants to be informed. It could not have come at a better time." From the foreword by Terry TamminenDirector of the Climate Program, New America Foundation Former Secretary of CalEPA, 2003-2006 "I can confidently say that with The Hydrogen Age, Geoff Holland and James Provenzano have given the layperson historical, technical, environmental, and social context to the necessary quest of realizing a truly pollution-free energy economy. This book provides a most valuable resource for the public to get up to speed on where we have been and where we are headed in supplying the world's much needed energy currencies." Alan C. Lloyd, Ph.D.President, International Council on Clean TransportationChairman, U.S. DOE's Hydrogen & Fuel Cells Technical Advisor Committee "Holland and Provenzano have written the definitive text on civilization's passage from a carbon to hydrogen era. The Hydrogen Agewill fundamentally change our culture and economic system and augurs a transformed relationship between technology and the environment. Along with peak oil, we face peak soil, and to find our way forward we will have to look to water as our source of fuel, not further depletion of Iowa farmlands. The Hydrogen Ageprovides a clear roadmap to carbon drawdown, an enduring civilization, and renewed hope. It is a brilliant and much needed achievement." Paul HawkenAuthor, Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being, and Why No One Saw It Coming
Long Description
Hydrogen stands out as the best alternative to traditional polluting fossil fuels for many reasons-it can be produced without pollution, is nontoxic and noncorrosive, and we can never run out of it. It is as safe as or safer than the fuels we currently use and can be made virtually anywhere. The Hydrogen Ageexplains this promising fuel, shows how it can be harnessed to serve virtually all of our energy needs, and reveals why hydrogen is destined to become the clean, safe, renewable fuel of choice for the future. For more information, visit www.theh2age.com.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xi
The Way Forwardp. 2
Where We've Been, Where We Are...p. 18
Today's Fossil Energy Beastp. 30
The Back End of the Beastp. 48
The Emerging Picturep. 70
Nature's Wayp. 98
The Matter of Safetyp. 110
Making Hydrogenp. 126
Putting Hydrogen to Workp. 150
Hydrogen in Spacep. 164
Hydrogen at Home, at Work, at Playp. 190
Driving on Hydrogenp. 204
Bypassing the "Chicken and Egg"p. 230
Flying Hydrogenp. 248
Riding the Railsp. 264
On the Waterwaysp. 276
The Internet of Energyp. 288
Misconceptionsp. 298
Making It Happenp. 308
An Empowering Visionp. 326
Suggested Readingp. 344
Recommended Web Sitesp. 346
Bibliographyp. 347
Indexp. 362
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