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Stopping Climate Change: the Case for Hydrogen and Coal

  • Analyzes the environmental and energy-security impacts of replacing the current mix of electricity generation power plants with cleaner-burning plants

  • Evaluates the cost, greenhouse gas emissions, and water consumption of alternative electricity generators

  • Illustrates how coal and hydrogen can be used to replace society's current dependence on imported oil


Part of the Lecture Notes in Energy book series (LNEN, volume 35)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. C. E. (Sandy) Thomas
    Pages 9-11
  3. C. E. (Sandy) Thomas
    Pages 13-17
  4. C. E. (Sandy) Thomas
    Pages 51-74
  5. C. E. (Sandy) Thomas
    Pages 93-105
  6. C. E. (Sandy) Thomas
    Pages 107-117
  7. C. E. (Sandy) Thomas
    Pages 119-121
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 127-137

About this book


This book documents the advantages and limitations of various electricity generation methods. It illustrates how both electricity and motor fuel can be cost-effectively derived from coal, natural gas or other indigenous fuels, thereby eliminating our dependence on imported oil and the power of OPEC. It favours electricity generation systems powered exclusively by natural gas, coal, nuclear and renewables and motor vehicles powered by hydrogen (electricity from coal gasification with carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) and hydrogen as the fuel powering fuel-cell electric vehicles produced from natural gas or by gasifying coal With CCS.)  The book also demonstrates that the US can meet the Climate Change goal of reducing all greenhouse gases by 80% below 1990 levels in both the transportation and electric utility sectors using hydrogen and coal.


Hydrogen Power Generation Coal Power Generation Electricity Energy Security Climate Change Economics Climate Change Reduction Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Innovations, Inc.Former President (ret) of H2Gen Innovations, Inc.AlexandriaUSA

About the authors

Dr. C.E (Sandy) Thomas was co-founder and President of H2Gen Innovations, Inc., of Alexandria, Virginia. He was a Vice President at Directed Technologies, Inc., where he led a project with Ford and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to evaluate hydrogen infrastructure options and hydrogen safety. Before DTI, Dr. Thomas was an assistant to Senator Tom Harkin (1987 to 1993) and assisted him in expanding hydrogen and fuel cell research budgets at the DOE. Other research fields included coherent optical data processing, laser fusion and amorphous silicon photovoltaics.  
Dr. Thomas earned his degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He received the 2010 Jules Verne Award from the International Association of Hydrogen Energy; the inscription on the award reads: “For his leadership in systems studies, analyses, and entrepreneurship in development and commercialization of hydrogen technologies.”
Dr. Thomas’ first book, “Sustainable Transportation Options for the 21st century and Beyond: a Comprehensive comparison of alternatives to the internal combustion engine,” by Springer (ISBN 978-3-319-16832-6) compares the cost and environmental attributes of various alternative vehicles including batter
y electric vehicles, hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles, natural gas vehicles, etc., and concludes that only hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles can achieve the desired 80% reduction in U.S. GHGs in the transportation sector.

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