A simple calculation made by two UK specialists has dramatically underscored the challenge facing European plans to become a "hydrogen society" within 50 years (EED 08/04/03). Andrew and Jim Oswald estimated the number of nuclear power stations or wind turbines needed to produce enough hydrogen from electricity to wean Britain's entire transport system off fossil fuels. They conclude that it would require 100 large 1,100MW nuclear power stations, or 100,000 giant 3MW capacity windmills. If sited offshore, this many turbines would occupy a nearly 10km strip around the UK's entire coastline. See research paper.
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