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Thursday, August 12, 2010


I had five visitors to my office today:

  Guy Toyama, Chief Operating Officer of H2 Technologies and Executive Director of the Friends of the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority

  Masanori Sakamoto, Professor of Management, Tokyo University of Science

  Yoshio Tanaka, Professor of Management, TUS

  Yoshiaki Tamura, Fellow of the Innovation Research Center, TUS

  Tomohisa Ishikawa, MOT RESCNTR, TUS

We talked about what Japan is doing in hydrogen R&D and was pleased to learn that Kyushu University had partnered with the Advanced Industrial Institute of Science and Technology to form the

Research Center for Hydrogen Industrial Use and Storage

led by Dr. Yukitaka Murakami, now Vice President of Kyushu University.  

In their honor, I insert the final section of my Chapter 3 on Hydrogen from SIMPLE SOLUTIONS for Planet Earth:

Is Hydrogen, then...GOD?

This is an obvious play on words, and you will need to read Book2 to appreciate the humor. Silver bullet? God? Anyway, in 2005 I typed hydrogen into Google, and got 18 million entries. A year later, in 2006, 80 million results. Later that year, 15 million.  Then in 2007, 54 million. Google must be doing something to its search engine, but if there is information overload for something as simple as hydrogen, the gas is getting omnipresent. Google and Ask provide more than a million entries relating hydrogen to God. There is a prayer about hydrogen being God’s love and the hydrogen bomb being the result of man playing God. 

Our Sun, it is reported, has used 2% of its hydrogen thus far. Where did the hydrogen come from? Well, a million years or so after the Big Bang, the neutrons, protons and electrons began to combine to form hydrogen. Gravity allowed hydrogen atoms to agglomerate, and after a while, the sphere became large enough such that there was sufficient pressure at the core to initiate fusion. After a while these stars blew up, reforming more hydrogen. Our Sun was thusly created using these hydrogen atoms as a third generation star. The surface temperature of ours is only 10,000 °F (5538 °C), but deep inside, where all those hydrogen molecules are fusing, the temperature is said to be 27,000,000 °F (15,000,000 °C). 86

Hydrogen has that supernatural quality to be many things to many people.  Hydrogen is all-pervading (most abundant element in the Universe) and the foundation of all life (our Sun and all stars fuse hydrogen to produce light and heat).  Is Hydrogen, then…God?

The Dow Jones Industrials fell 59 to 10,320, and world markets were also mostly down.  Gold is up $11/toz to $1213, indicating that some are transferring money out of the stock market.  Oil is sinking, now down to $76/barrel.

All of a sudden, there is now only a minor disturbance in the East Pacific.

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1 comment:

KailuaKona3000 said...

Great to see you live in stereo sound again, Pat! The Tokyo University of Science professors were happy to meet you and get your book. They want to plan for a one week fall program in Hawaii where their grad students can come here and learn about energy policy.