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Water good idea


Your correspondent's reference to using energy to make hydrogen from water (NCE last week) is of great significance to the nuclear debate.

If an efficient method for this process could be developed energy would, as your correspondent suggests, be easy to store and transmit. The very low viscosity of hydrogen gas would make the transmission losses insignificant relative to an electricity grid.

Thus new nuclear stations could be located remote from population centres.

When the Russians run short of natural gas to sell us they might build new nuclear capacity and dilute the gas with hydrogen. The old 'town' gas contained a considerable amount of hydrogen so it is unlikely this dilution would have any significant effect on users.

Ideally we could build our own nuclear stations and export hydrogen rather than importing it. I would support your correspondent's request to Council to promote its development.

Dr Peter Claisse (M), p. claisse@coventry. ac. uk

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