If it is such an obvious and doable alternative, why hasn’t it been done already?

 

The key reason is commercial rather than scientific: it is the power of incumbency, whereby those who acquire the dominant position in a given market are able to hold off all challengers, and have been able to gain the political and financial influence to maintain this dominance. If hydrogen technology becomes much cheaper it may be able to challenge the leaders of the fossil fuel companies which have so much influence with governments.

 

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