Much has been made of hydrogen and green hydrogen as viable alternatives to fossil fuels. At a somewhat controversial summit, Elon Musk said hydrogen energy storage technology was useless.
This isn’t the first time Tesla’s CEO has been skeptical of hydrogen.
The Financial Times Summit, “Future of the Car,” which took place May 9-12, was a gateway to several statements that we have come to know. Elon Musk could not miss it and he also shared opinions that may not be unanimous.
I can’t stress that enough – the number of times I’ve been asked about hydrogen, it could be… it’s well over 100, maybe 200 times.
Said Elon Musk during his speech.
In the opinion of the CEO of Tesla, storing hydrogen energy is useless. According to CNBC, Elon Musk explained that he was against storing hydrogen because larger tanks are needed for its use. Indeed, the deposits necessary for the storage of the element must be greater than those necessary for the storage of electrical energy for example.
Although controversial, this is not the first time Elon Musk has been skeptical of hydrogen. In fact, in 2020 he said that fuel cells are like “dumb sales” and that hydrocarbons and electrolysis are unnatural. In his opinion, when decomposing hydrocarbons, fossil fuels remain a problem, and electrolysis is also not as efficient as claimed.
If on the one hand Elon Musk is against hydrogen, on the other, the energy agencies are rather optimistic about it. The International Energy Agency, for example, claims that it is quite versatile, serving to cater to various sectors, such as transport and industry, due to its wide range of applications.
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