LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
MAKING hydrogen from brown coal in the Latrobe Valley sounds like great news.
However, it’s not that simple.
What is intended is another coal-fired generator.
The resultant electricity will be passed through water to separate the hydrogen from the oxygen.
I’ve no idea what they intend doing with the resultant ‘sludge’, but we are assured that the pollutant CO2 will be captured and stored.
This ‘carbon capture and storage’ process has been tried in many locations overseas — the best they have managed is to store is seven per cent of the carbon.
The cost is enormous, the result minimal.
This whole idea has been described as ‘snake oil’.
I must agree.