Hydrogen Transport and the Spatial Requirements of Renewable Energy

Unlike oil and coal, which are compressed forms of energy, renewable energy requires unusually large land areas. This article calculates the consequences of a switch to hydrogen-cell vehicles powered by electricity from wind turbines. It then re-does the calculation for three other green energy sources: wave power; biofuels; solar energy. We argue that policy-makers and social scientists need to understand the significant spatial demands of a move to a carbon-free society.


Issue Date:
2009-05
Publication Type:
Working or Discussion Paper
Record Identifier:
http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/271297
Language:
English
Total Pages:
23
JEL Codes:
Q42; R12; R40
Series Statement:
WERP 903




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