US funding for hydrogen-fuelled transportation research got a boost on 17 July as the House of Representatives voted to restore $85 million to the research budget. The administration of President Barack Obama had proposed cutting the funds altogether.

A concept car that attempts to sidestep the three main hurdles to the dream of hydrogen-fuelled highways was unveiled in London this week.

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Low running cost, no need for disposal of batteries are its benefits

DINDIGUL: Four final year engineering students of P.S.N.A. College of Engineering and Technology have designed pilot model of a car that can be operated with hydrogen in the water, an alternative energy to fossil fuel.

Melbourne: Researchers in Australia have built a hydrogen-powered racing car using a modified internal combustion motorcycle engine, that they claim demonstrates the possibilities of the gas as a renewable fuel of the future.

Global carmakers and others who fight a feverish technology battle to push hydrogen as affordable and clean fuel in their vehicles may soon have an Indian research team to thank. Scientists led by K. Vijayamohanan Pillai at the National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) in Pune have tweaked a material that is at the heart of a hydrogen-based fuel cell in such a way that the electrochemical device is capable of delivering more power for the same set-up.

Honda has unveiled the future of personal transportation: the FCX Clarity, a hydrogen-powered fuel-cell car that emits only water from its tailpipe and can get the equivalent of 119 kilometers per gallon. The first Claritys were delivered to southern California on June 16, and Hollywood crowds are already lining up to lease it for $600 a month.

Rakteem Katakey Big oil companies may be keeping away from exploring for oil in India, but guess who's keen on taking advantage of soaring oil prices? These range from realty companies to oil services company. Even a media company

Some day, fuel cells may power your car and exhaust only water and perhaps carbon dioxide. More efficient and cleaner than an internal combustion engine, their emissions will be much lower. They may also run your home without the energy loss of power lines, or even power your laptop or cell phone. But not today or even tomorrow.

"It is the best of times; it is the worst of times.' Thus might one summarise the predicament of international private petroleum Companies. There is hardly a drawing room conversation at which I am present where the comment is not made, "So you're raking it in', or the question asked "Where is the price of oil headed'?

Fuel-efficient and low on emissions, hybrid cars are the vehicles of the future