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Hydrogen - The Future of Energy



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Hydrogen The Future of Energy Home Grown Energy Conference UofM Morris February 28 2006 Great Plains Institute Working on tomorrow s solutions with today s leaders Rolf Nordstrom Upper Midwest Hydrogen Initiative Great Plains Institute Working on tomorrow s solutions with today s leaders Great Plains Institute Working on tomorrow s solutions with today s leaders Great Plains Institute Formed in 1997 Bring together odd bedfellows to solve critical development issues Current focus Energy security Bio based economy Funded by foundations stakeholders individuals and gov Great Plains Institute The region we serve We are a 501 c 3 nonprofit based in Minneapolis with a branch office in North Dakota Working on tomorrow s solutions with today s leaders Upper Midwest Hydrogen Initiative Working on Tomorrow s Solutions with Today s Leaders UMHI is an affiliate of the National Hydrogen Association Great Plains Institute Working on tomorrow s solutions with today s leaders Minnesota Members R4 Energy Inc Great Plains Institute Working on tomorrow s solutions with today s leaders Outline 1 Primer on hydrogen and fuel cells 2 Commercialization timeline 3 The Northern H 4 Implications for MN Ford Model U H2 ICE vehicle Great Plains Institute Working on tomorrow s solutions with today s leaders Hydrogen Has Been Called the Perfect Fuel Most abundant element Found in water fossil fuels all organic matter Colorless odorless and non toxic Burns clean Produces only heat electricity and water vapor when used in fuel cells Energy Currencies Allow Energy Transactions To Take Place Hydrogen is an energy CARRIER not an energy source Electricity transition began 100 years ago Hydrogen is the 2nd Currency Electricity and hydrogen are interchangeable Why all the talk about hydrogen ENERGY SECURITY ECONOMIC PROSPERITY ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP Why Hydrogen cont d Domestic and inexhaustible Pollution free if produced w renewable and climate friendly methods Huge potential peace dividend Hydrogen



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