New Analyst View: Hydrogen, Fuel Cells & the Third Industrial Revolution

20 Jun 2012

12-06-20 Hydrogen Fuel Cells and the Third Industrial Revolution

At the beginning of the month I attended the 19th World Hydrogen Energy Conference in Toronto, Canada. There, world-famous American economist and EC political advisor Jeremy Rifkin gave an engaging plenary explaining how fuel cell and hydrogen technologies play a critical role in the future socio-economic paradigm, The Third Industrial Revolution as Rifkin’s theory calls it. His theory states that economic transformations occur when new energy systems and communication technologies converge in industrial revolutions: the first was steam power and the print industry, the second centralised electricity and electrical communication, the third as theorised by Rifkin is the convergence of renewable energies and the internet.

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