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Investing In Hydrogen & Fuel Cells: A concise guide to the technologies and companies for investors by Nick Hanna

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Investing in Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

Introduction

Before the low-carbon economy, there was the hydrogen economy. In fact, supporters have been predicting the arrival of the hydrogen economy for decades, with its promise of clean, green power from hydrogen-powered fuel cells. But it always seems to be just over the horizon, tantalisingly out of reach. Even large companies that have poured millions into R&D have failed to come up with a commercially viable product.

Take Rolls-Royce, for instance. The engineering group, better known for its turbines and aircraft engines, has been researching fuel cells since 1992. At some point they announced that they would produce a prototype hybrid power plant by 2004, but that didn’t happen. The company ...

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