It Should Have Been Us

by Terence

From ABC News

Water Turned Into Fuel

Iceland has already started by turning water into fuel — hydrogen fuel.

Here’s how it works: Electrodes split the water into hydrogen and oxygen molecules. Hydrogen electrons pass through a conductor that creates the current to power an electric engine.

Hydrogen fuel now costs two to three times as much as gasoline, but gets up to three times the mileage of gas, making the overall cost about the same.

As an added benefit, there are no carbon emissions — only water vapor.

In the capital, Reykjavik, they are already testing three hydrogen-powered electric buses. The drivers are impressed.

“I like these buses better because with hydrogen you get no pollution,” said bus driver Rognvaldur Jonatanlson.

By the middle of this century, all Icelanders will be required to run their cars only on hydrogen fuel, meaning no more gasoline.

“If we make hydrogen and use that as a fuel for transportation then we can run the whole society on our own local renewable energy sources,” said Marie Maack of the Hydrogen Research Project.

Icelanders say they’re committed to showing the world that by making fuel from water, it is possible to kick the oil habit.

 I’ve always felt that this is something that Singapore could easily do, given our small size. In fact, we should have done this a long time ago. Now another country has beaten us to it :p