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The Hydrogen Economy

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  297 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
First Edition. Pages are clean and crisp and binding is tight. Solid Book.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 16th 2002 by Tarcher (first published 2002)
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Mar 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy simplón. De la supuesta economía del hidrógeno sólo habla en un capítulo, los demás son casi una introducción y contexto para justificar el paso al hidrógeno como vector energético. Además el 25% del libro son la bibliografía y notas.
La traducción es algo mala, llega a cambiar de sexo a Lynn Margulis xD
Apr 26, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Ready for some doom and gloom? While avoiding sounding shrill and alarmist by allowing the reader to reach their own conclusions, Rifkin nonetheless paints a pretty bleak picture of our immediate future. While we won’t run out of oil for at least another hundred years or so, there will be a radical restructuring (collapse?) of society when we reach the peak of oil production – or when supply and demand flip sometime in the next five to fifty years. Currently, supply neatly advances with demand, ...more
Fernando del Alamo
Una sociedad aguanta si tiene energía. Sin energía, las sociedades dejan de existir. ¿Imagináis cómo podríais vivir sin electricidad, sin petróleo y sin gas? Pues eso es lo que nos va a pasar. Este libro hace un análisis de todo ello explicando la historia del petróleo y de cómo se está intentando orientar al hidrógeno, que también sería una buena nueva fuente de energía.

Por otro lado, hoy día, la energía la controlan las grandes petroleras, pero el hidrógeno no es algo tan controlable. Hablar d
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
رائعة هي اللحظات التي تقاسمتها مع هذا الكتاب الهام و المفيد جدا للخبير الإقتصادي الأمريكي جيرمي ريفكين، فهو نبهنا إلي معركة الإدارة الأمريكية القائمة و ليست القادمة حول إنتزاع حقوق ملكية مادة الهيدروجين و إستغلالها الإستغلال الذي يمكن حضارتها من الإستغناء عن النفط و الغاز و ضمان مردود اكبر و أنجع لإقتصادها. ثم نجاح الكاتب في أخذ بيد القاريء ليحمله إلي داخل الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية و شرح له بأسلوب مبسط إستراتيجية واشنطن و الولايات الأمريكية أفرادا و جماعات في كي
Nov 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book as a starter if you are interested in renewable energy or the future of the automobile . Although the beginning preface of the book is entirely wrong ,( peak oil to happen by 2010,) one must remember this book was written in the aftermath of September 11th. ( book was released in 2002) The book moves at a good pace and does not get lost in boring statistics. It does though , rear the ugly head of progressivism with a call for regulation and outright forcing consumers to comply by the ...more
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
This could be the answer to future oil crises even though he did use global warming stats from East Anglia Univeristy, the book was printed in 2002 and the emails exposing the bogus research didn't get leaked until 2009. I think the author has really given some great ideas for how the grid can be made to use wind and solar to create the energy needed for the removal of hydrogen from water, storable for use day or night, windy or calm weather, without the ...more
Jeremy K
Oct 05, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I only thought this book was ok. It's short on substance and long on some vague notions of society potentially moving from fossil fuels to hydrogen as its main energy source. Only half a page was devoted to the concerns many people have about hydrogen safety, and there was a lot of filler that had little to do with the author's vision of a hydrogen economy. It was also dull.
There were no practical ideas about how to usher in this new era, just some ideas, as light and gassy as hydrogen itself, t
Alessandro Balestra
Un bel saggio sulle grandi potenzialità dell'idrogeno che non solo potrebbe salvarci dall'imminente fine dei combustibili fossili ma anche salvare il nostro pianeta (e noi stessi). Il libro inoltre spiega tutti i complessi meccanismi chimici, sociali ed economici del petrolio.
Peccato che sia stato scritto nel 2002, molte informazioni infatti, visto che il mondo cambia rapidamente, sono datate. Comunque lo consiglio lo stesso!
Apr 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little bit dated, but Rifkin has some compelling insights. This is less about the technology of hydrogen-based energy than a broad-reaching survey of the rise of the fossil-fuel economy and speculation about what the shift to a hydrogen-based system would mean. His vision that a hydrogen-based economy would mimic the internet and produce a new kind of globally connected but decentralized grassroots economy seems somewhat naive.
Dan  Ray
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A manifesto for change that glosses over some of the very real limitations of Hydrogen power, largely predicated on Hydrogen generation. The assumption that we can generate enough clean energy to then generate the Hydrogen needed would require us to switch to a clean energy model to begin with, which is putting the cart before the horse.
Sep 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thorough (for the time--there's been more research since), and fairly presents all sides and possibilities. It made me hopeful and excited about possible future energy sources. I think it should be required reading for all our politicians! It's great for students too (I was one when I read it); it may inspire you to either go into hydrogen research or support others doing it.
Scott Connelly
Jan 15, 2013 rated it liked it
I read this quite some time ago now, so my memory of it is stale. I credit it for introducing me to that genre of popular science that seeks to explore the possibilities of alternative power.

One take away I still hold in mind: there is no combination of alternative power sources that can replace the power contained in carbon fuels.
Nov 29, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you like crackpot ideas- you'll like this book. Rifkin believes that fuel cells burning hydrogen distilled from water, using alternative energy, will save the world and do your laundry. Hopefully Obama's energy team hasn't read this book- the economics of it would never work.
Feb 01, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ecointelligence
Rifken is dead wrong on hydrogen; his case is never compelling.
Kamil Salamah
Jul 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic reading to appreciate the energy possible alternative to set mankind free of the grip of the oil based energy and the associate corporations dominating our lives.
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha convencido que esto del hidrógeno no tiene futuro.
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