`Several decades away'

Anand Parthasarathy

BANGALORE: While India is emerging as one of the major global centres for the development of eco-friendly fuels, there is still considerable scepticism in some scientific circles about how soon a `Hydrogen economy' can be developed. Three U.S.-based researchers say this is `several decades away'.

An article by Rakesh Agrawal, Purdue University's Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, Martin Offutt, from the (U.S.) National Research Council, and Michael P. Ramage, a retired executive from ExxonMobil, in the June 2005 issue of the AIChE Journal, the publication of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, cites as major hurdles: ``the Hydrogen economy and associated infrastructure will not be realised for several decades. Because success is not certain, it will be wise to maintain a robust portfolio of energy research and development that includes programs in areas other than hydrogen.''

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