Elon Musk ‘trolls’ Bill Gates over ‘green hydrogen’ claims

Elon Musk “trolls” Bill Gates for his claim that “green hydrogen will be a huge energy breakthrough” even though it’s not commercially viable.

  • The Whole Mars catalog tweeted a screenshot of a promotional tweet from Bill Gates with the phrase “Bill Gates promotes hydrogen” and a palm emoji.
  • Another user wrote, “Cheap pure hydrogen would be a big hit” and compared it to bottling the tooth fairy and cloning Santa Claus.
  • Musk, a longtime supporter of solar power, responded with a laughing emoji.
  • According to one report, by 2050, a huge amount of $637 billion of storage infrastructure will be needed to scale green hydrogen.

Elon Musk like trolling Bill Gates thursday over green hydrogen concept with laughing emoji on Twitter.

Whole March The catalog tweeted a screenshot of a Bill Gates-promoted tweet saying “cheap clean hydrogen will be a huge energy breakthrough” with the phrase “Bill Gates is pushing hydrogen” and a palm emoji.

In response to this tweet, another user wrote: “Cheap clean hydrogen would be a big breakthrough and we have a use for it.” Besides, if we could bottle the tooth fairy and clone Santa Claus and replace public transport with unicorns, we’d be fine.”

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Elon Musk, a longtime supporter of solar energy, responded to a tweet about Bill Gates’ defense of clean hydrogen with a laughing emoji.

Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, supports solar power as a source of clean energy and appears to be tarnishing Gates on Twitter.

Gates, the founder of Microsoft, is investing in a number of clean energy companies, including those looking to boost clean hydrogen production.

Musk responded with a laughing emoji to a Twitter user who compared Gates’ “clean hydrogen” essay to a tooth fairy spill and cloning Santa Claus.

Musk, a longtime supporter of solar energy, responded to this tweet with a laughing emoji.

In a blog post by Gates, noting that most of the 70 million tons of hydrogen currently used in the world is made from fossil fuels, the billionaire mogul writes that the “purity” of hydrogen could eliminate the 1.6 percent of global emissions for which he answers.

Electrolysis is the process of using solar, wind or nuclear energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen.

“Four different cell technologies are currently under development, and the price of each must come down to make electrolyzed hydrogen cost-competitive,” Gates writes in his report. blog.

Hydrogen currently costs $5 per kilogram when produced by electrolysis, according to the Department of Energy.  Pictured above is the original tweet that prompted Musk's response.

Hydrogen currently costs $5 per kilogram when produced by electrolysis, according to the Department of Energy. Pictured above is the original tweet that prompted Musk’s response.

“By 2050, four times the $637 billion in storage infrastructure needs to be built to provide the same amount of energy as fossil fuels,” reports Earth.org.  The photo above is a response to a tweet from another user of the platform.

“By 2050, four times the $637 billion in storage infrastructure needs to be built to provide the same amount of energy as fossil fuels,” reports Earth.org. The photo above is a response to a tweet from another user of the platform.

However, this type of technology is not currently commercially viable.

Emanuele Taibi, Head of Energy Sector Transformation Strategies at the International Renewable Energy Agency, told the World Economic Forum that “renewable energy technologies [have] have reached a level of maturity… today that enables the production of competitive electricity from renewable sources around the world, [which is] a necessary condition for the competitive production of environmentally friendly hydrogen energy.

“However, electrolyzers are still deployed in [a] very small scale, requiring scaling by three orders of magnitude over the next three decades to cut their cost by a factor of three.”

Hydrogen currently costs $5 per kilogram when produced by electrolysis, according to the Department of Energy.

The Hydrogen Shot agency wants to reduce that cost by 80 percent to $1 per kilogram by 2031.

A secondary option, Gates notes, is to produce green hydrogen using existing fossil fuel methods, but then capture the CO2 produced before it is released into the atmosphere. using existing technologies.”

Another major barrier to scaling up the use of hydrogen as a clean energy source is its storage.

“Four times the $637 billion green hydrogen storage infrastructure needs to be built by 2050 to provide the same amount of energy as fossil fuels,” reports Earth.org.

Gates-led Breakthrough Energy Ventures backs a number of companies, including one called Electric hydrogen which recently announced a $198 million funding round working to make clean hydrogen a reality.

WHAT IS HYDROGEN FUEL CELLS?

Hydrogen fuel cells generate electricity to power the battery and motor by mixing hydrogen and oxygen in specially machined plates that combine to form a fuel cell stack.

Fuel cell packs and batteries have allowed engineers to greatly reduce these components to fit neatly even inside a family car, although they are also commonly used to fuel buses and other larger vehicles.

Trains and planes are also being adapted, for example, to run on hydrogen fuel.

Oxygen is collected from the air through intakes, usually in a radiator grille, while hydrogen is stored in aluminum-coated fuel tanks that automatically close in an accident to prevent leaks.

These ingredients fuse, releasing useful electricity and water as by-products, making the technology one of the quietest and most environmentally friendly.

The reduction in the amount of platinum used in the battery has made fuel cells less expensive, but the use of the rare metal has limited their distribution.

Recent studies have shown that hydrogen fuel cell vehicles may one day challenge electric vehicles in the race for clean roads, but only if more refueling stations are built.