Gallery: WORLD’S FIRST HYDROGEN CITY

 

Normally, Fridays are for prefab at Inhabitat, but this set off some bells and whistles. We just about flipped when we discovered H2PIA, and we’re ready to move into this super-sustainable hydrogen-powered Danish dream city — as soon as they’ve built it.

H2PIA really does look like an otherworldly utopia, but the designers make a point of having us know that this is not a fantasy. No, we can have a fully sustainable lifestyle, free of addiction to oil, coal and gas, well before the widely projected date of 2050. If all goes well, H2PIA will begin contruction in 2007.

Here’s how it works: “The renewable energy comes from solar or wind power and is used to split H2O � ordinary water � into H2 and O2 � hydrogen and oxygen. The oxygen is vented into the atmosphere, which already contains about 20 percent O2. The hydrogen is used in fuel cells that can produce energy, for instance in the form of electricity and heat. In the fuel cell, the energy is created by silent electrochemical processes with no pollution. The only product left over when the hydrogen is used up, is pure water. During periods with low energy demand, we can store the hydrogen. Then, when the wind is not blowing and the sun is not shining, we use the stored hydrogen.”

H2PIA residents will have a number of options for their home: Plugged, Unplugged, Hybrid…and the latter even comes with a hybrid hydrogen car which feeds energy into the community grid when not in use. Besides all the awe-inspiring plans for energy production, the development takes into account many other elements of healthy living, such as public community space, indoor/outdoor home design, abundant greenery, and enough urban infrastructure concentrated in one place to reduce (or eliminate) the need to commute.

I’m sure we’re not the only ones counting down the minutes until we can move in. They may have to build more than one…

+ H2PIA via: The Coolhunter

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  1. Yeehaaa44 July 25, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Put me to work on this I have 35 years of collicion repair as a background as well as many other skills that I would like to put to use in making a diffrence. The thing is we can dream forever about this but it is time for all of us to wake up and get to work building in it now. I have offered the roof space of my house and garage for solar panels to any company and will advertise the tech. all for free just to kick this off yet there are no takers. This has all been a dream for me since I was a kid and now that I am almost 50 it still seems like I am still only dreaming. can Someone wake me up and put me to work please. Hydro is the way to go. So is solar and wind as well as tideal energy micro wave energy transfer and nano tech. Yet I am unemployed and can’t seem to get a green Job and get otu of the feild of auto body repair that only adds to the enviormental problem when they still use petrolium products.

  2. Bob Schreib Jr. October 4, 2006 at 3:22 am

    The idea of a purely-hydrogen-run city may seem like a utopian dream, but the thing is, hard technology may have caught up to this futurist dream. For example, over 35 years ago, the editors of Popular Mechanics Magazine predicted the upcoming energy crisis, and made a cover story on their magazine about how we, in the fture, would work globally to mass-manufacture these GIANT combination windmill and ocean buoys. The giant units would be achored far out in the middle of the oceans, to exploit the tradewinds, to make electricity, to catalyse the sea water into its component elements of Oxygen and Hydrogen. Then, special, semi-automated hydrogen tank barges would transport the Hydrogen gas inland, to be burned as an alternative fuel source with only lots of clean water as a ‘waste’ product. The Oxygen could be shipped inland as well, for industrial applications and to make fossil fuel-burning power plants burn as clean ans as efficiently as they ever will. Back then, 35 years ago, and we didn’t have the special composite materials and related hardware to make such enormous floating windmills, but modern science caught up to this Popular Mechanics cover story; it’s possible now. Further, the USA should use our still-impressive manufacturing might to mass-produce such units, to use as hard collaterial to pay off our national debts to China and other nations, since ALL nations now need clean electricity sources now. Further, such a massive effort might be pivotical in the fight against global warming, since it would substancially reduce CO2 emissions from electric power plants. There is also the fact that windmills are NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard!) items, that nobody wants near their property since they lower the property values and radically change the skyline views. The jury is still out on whether windmills are lethal to birds and butterflies, but the point is, these giant combination windmill and ocean buoys, anchored out in the middle of the world’s oceans, would not raise these very real objections to the windmills that would be needed to initially empower such hydrogen-based super-tech cities. Come to think of it, if this course of action is implemented, generations from now, we might have a war or two between superpowers fighting for ownership of the giant windmill/buoys, since they could be the ultimate cash cows in the clean energy arena. That covers it.

  3. Do MO SAn July 10, 2006 at 1:07 am

    Here is how it works:

    The oil and auto industry consider the battery industry to be a failed technology that can never be made or delivered in the form factor, price point, range or efficiency that they care about. (It doesn’t matter, for this argument, what YOU think.) So they got together and used “layered anti-evangelism” to manipulate the battery industry.

    “Layered anti-evangelism” is an intelligence agency third world manipulation device that works like this:

    1. Select the target: In this case it is hydrogen fuel cells, which have been demonstrated to beat batteries on every business front.
    2. Select your internal agents. In this case lobbyists and “writers” that are paid by the oil and auto industry.
    3. Have the agents contact and talk to the “sheep”. In this case the sheep are the writers for battery industry trades and heads of battery lobby or support organizations.
    4. Have the agents convince the sheep via skewed data provision. In this case selected reports were written and then shown to the sheep to convince the sheep that hydrogen fuels cells would steal their funding, put them out of business and that the only source of hydrogen was from the “evil oil companies”.

    So you have battery evangelists who are anti-hydrogen sheep:
    Ulf Bossel of the European Fuel Cell Forum
    Alec Brooks- EV World
    Sam Thurber

    Yet for every manipulated argument they come up with, they are shot down by hundreds of sites with facts, ie: http://www.rmi.org/sitepages/pid985.php

    WHY? Because you can make hydrogen at home and the ability to do it fast, cheap and clean is coming 40 times faster than they thought.

    This happened, using the same process, to:
    1.) Electric light rail in America (US Vs. National City Lines, 334 US 573)
    2.) The EV1 (Movie: Who killed the electric car)
    Etc.

  4. Tammy May 26, 2006 at 4:10 pm

    So the new ‘back to nature’ movement USES technology rather than avoiding it…what a great reversal.

    These pictures give off, at least to me, a vaguely socialist vibe…as long as we can remember that in general socialism doesn’t work, we’re golden…

    I like the birds and butterflies….they remind us that we’re trying to create a world where such things will live indefinitely…if human beings were the only animals in the pictures, I’d be a little worried.
    However, the “warm-fuzzies” stuff DOES go a little far….like, who mows a lawn in a dress? And the rainbow makes me laugh. It’s just so over-the-top.

  5. adam May 4, 2006 at 5:11 am

    yea about that birds thing… windmills kill about zero birds, it was one of those topics created by uneducated people afraid of change, and if a bird can manage to fly from florida to canada twice a year and avoid trees planes and cars but happens to hit a one hundred foot tall windmill then I’d have to call that one natural selection. windmills are great. their only down falls are noise and visual. to me they are gorgeous, a statement of a cleaner future, that people care and the decial level they create is equivalent to a person having a regular conversation, nothing compared to a road hog. do your research before hating on a good thing.

  6. John April 30, 2006 at 4:07 pm

    There aren’t going to be birds and butterflies if we don’t move to hydrogen. Patriotic Aussie is the kind of perfedtionist that gives environmentalists a bad name.

  7. Scott April 29, 2006 at 6:29 pm

    I want to live there. Preferably next door to the girl with the hose. :-)

  8. Shaine April 29, 2006 at 1:26 pm

    Every great dream begins as art. The concept drawn has very real potential. The wind turbines are there likely to use the energy to create the hydrogen. By the way, the birds will be just fine as their greatest danger is cats and none are shown in the renderings. Best of luck to the developers!

  9. patriotic_aussie April 29, 2006 at 7:46 am

    Pity it doesnt show the birds and butterflies having their flight paths disrupted and confused due to turbulence of a big ass wind turbine in their way.

    I’m all for wind turbines, but showing birds and butterflies in the sketches is ridiculous!

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