The Hydrogen Economy is most often refereed to in conjunction with hydrogen powered automobiles, whose hydrogen is, ironically, most often produced from hydrocarbons. The barriers to this scheme are enormous. What is outlined here, in contrast, are the means to replace the steam generators in conventional electric power plants with hydrogen-fired steam generators. These rely on hydrogen from the facilities and methods described at this web site: https://theotherhydrogeneconomy.com
Retiring steam generators that rely on either fossil or nuclear fuels will protect the environment and enhance national security by reducing our dependency on imported fuels.
Hydrogen, via the electrolysis of ocean water, effectively stores the energy that was captured by the turbines pictured here. If electrolysis requires more electricity than is generated on-site, electricity from other renewable sources and/or the national power grid may be utilized.
A national hydrogen pipeline infrastructure, similar in nature to the electric power grid, will serve as a primary source of hydrogen and/or to provide redundancy to power plants across the country.
Once a national hydrogen pipeline is in place, existing power plants that utilize fossil or nuclear fuels will benefit by converting to Hydrogen-Fired Hollow Generators.™ These generators combine atmospheric oxygen and hydrogen in a combustion chamber to produce heat, thrust, and water vapor. Water recovery apparatus (such as those used for distillation), heat exchangers, and turbines (with attached electric generators) collectively produce electricity and potable water for distribution to homes and businesses.
Thanks to the scalable nature of these designs and to the proven technologies that they incorporate, renewable sources of water and power may enable the construction of new communities in areas previously deemed unsuitable due to their lack of natural resources.
The patent application for the Hydrogen-Fired Hollow Generator™, found to be obvious, is available at: https://theotherhydrogeneconomy.com/pat20070251241.pdf
The patent application for the Self-Sufficient Hydrogen Generator™, found to be obvious, is available at: https://theotherhydrogeneconomy.com/USApp20100258449.pdf