Voices from Global RH2 Advocates

Hydrogen storage offers the appealing capacity
to store solar energy

Prof. Ned Pankhurst

Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor and Senior Vice President of Griffith University

Our interest in hydrogen energy was driven by a desire to address an energy need in the Australian context – large numbers of small remote communities without grid power but an excess of sunshine. Hydrogen storage offers the appealing capacity to store solar energy (or any other renewable for that matter) and we chose to address this through the construction of a large scale building project using solid state metal hydride storage – Griffith University’s Sir Samuel Griffith Centre project. A big problem with hydrogen energy is getting it off the drawing board and into reality. This is our contribution to that journey.

Hydrogen energy is not just matters of technology,
it needs political will.

Prof. Evan Gray

Head of hydrogen research at Griffith University

Hydrogen energy has been seen by many people as something for the future and has been something for the future for many decades and the problem with new technology is particularly when you talk about them on a global scale is that they are not just matters of technology, they are more matters of policy, politics and with economics. And so you need someone, typically is someone to be champion who is influential who says, “this will happen,” and therefore it does happen.
So in the case of hydrogen energy it really needs someone, somebody, some country, some state, somewhere to decide that they are going to do this.
Things happen as much because they say that they are going to happen and because they want them to happen and its seldom technological barriers that stop them. Most of the technological barriers to the hydrogen economy are really not technological barriers at all. And the lesson of humanity is that when you have a technological barrier you aim clever people at the barrier, and you knock the barrier down.

Renewable hydrogen is the key for our energy

Prof. Bruno G. Pollet

Professor of Renewable Energy, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

I am a strong supporter of Renewable Hydrogen and an activist for a Hydrogen Economy worldwide. I also believe the era of oil dependency and greed should end as it has severely affected our health, our beautiful planet and has led to so many conflicts, famines, diseases and deaths. Renewable Hydrogen is the only way forward!
» www.brunogpollet.com

Renewable hydrogen is the ultimate system for humanity

Prof. Patrick K. Takahashi

Director Emeritus of Hawaii Natural Energy Institute at the University of Hawaii

The Great Tohoku disaster completely changed the future of the country. While, over the next few decades, there would have been a gentle decline of the economy and associated diminution of international clout, Japan has been provided an opportunity to suddenly re-invent itself, as it did after the Second World War. The question, is, do you head down a traditional pathway, or instead set the tone to become the leading country for sustainable resources? The clean hydrogen economy will someday become the ultimate system for humanity.

Renewable hydrogen is the ideal energy
to end the use of carbon based fuel.

Henk Rogers

Visionary philanthropist and entrepreneur, holds IPR to Tetris.
Blue Planet Foundation Founder and Chairman (Hawaii)

My name is Henk Rogers and my mission number one is to end the use of carbon based fuel and why is that? A lot of bad things have been happening because we produce too much carbon dioxide. So I am really interested in finding other ways to (especially for Hawaii) generate electricity and to move vehicles around.
Hydrogen is really the ideal fuel because you can use anything to make hydrogen and when you use hydrogen you combine hydrogen with oxygen, you get electricity, and what do you release? H20. That’s water! That is benign. So if a little bit of water comes out of my fuel cell vehicle tail pipe that’s good, there’s no problem with that. I’m a big fan of hydrogen and looking to become a part of the hydrogen economy. I want to have hydrogen vehicles, I want to find alternative ways of making hydrogen here in Hawaii and be part of the solution.
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» Blue Planet Foundation

The key to our future is with renewable hydrogen

Tomoyo Nonaka

NPO Gaia Initiative chief director

Japan is 96% dependent on import fuels supplying our energy system. Without this our society will halt to a stop. Food is also 60% imported. This is an ongoing issue that we will continue for next 50 and even 100 years. To me, our situation is like ignorantly dancing on the very top VIP hall on the Titanic. Japan, which is only about the same size as California needs to work together and become a leading model for the future of our planet. The key is with renewable hydrogen and the electricity grid. I believe progress is not technology driven but driven by the knowledge and mindset of each citizen towards the development of renewable hydrogen.
» NPO Gaia Initiative

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