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Author and engineer Béla Lipták envisions a future in which mankind has converted to a solar-hydrogen based economy that utilizes the clean, free and inexhaustible energy of the sun to generate liquid hydrogen for fuel that is readily transportable. Here he describes the prototype equipment necessary for this conversion.

Book Summary

A solution to the climate and energy crisis is solar-hydrogen!

The world’s first solar-hydrogen power plant (SHPP) and the reversible fuel cell (RFC) described in this volume makes solar energy continuously available, as it is stored, transported and distributed in the form of liquid hydrogen. This makes the wireless, clean and inexhaustible energy economy of the future, - the solar collecting roofs on the the energy-free homes and the battery-swap based electric transportation - a reality. The book also contains a foldout drawing which describes the detailed design of the world’s first 1,000 megawatt SHPP.

The author emphasizes that instead of "scraping the bottom of the exhaustible fuel barrel" by fracturing for gas on the mainland, drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico and in Alaska, grinding asphalt (oil sand) in Alberta, or extending the operation of our ageing nuclear power plants, our economic resources should be spent on demonstrating the permanent solution by building the SHPP. Also, he recommends that instead of debating which exhaustible fuel source is less damaging or which will run out sooner, we should set our sights higher. He believes that we still have what it took to initiate the Marshall Plan (creating full employment) or to carry out the landing on the Moon! He believes that we can still lead the 3rd industrial revolution by proving that the inexhaustible and clean energy technology is both ready and competitive, but he warns that the debate will not be over, the “deniers” will not admit that our resources should be used to convert our energy economy, until we provide undeniable proof by building the SHPP.

Author Summary

Béla Lipták is a licensed professional engineer and President of Lipták Associates P.C., where he works as an environmental automation, optimization and safety control consultant for both the traditional and the newly emerging industries, including energy conservation, pollution prevention, and safety-related projects.

From 1959 to 1975, Béla was Chief Instrument Engineer at Crawford & Russell Inc. (John Brown Ltd.), an engineering design firm, serving the processing industries. Béla was also an adjunct professor at Yale University and course director at the Center for Professional Advance-ment. In 1995 he was also invited to teach as a Fulbright Scholar.

Béla attended the Technical University of Budapest (1953-56), and holds an ME degree from Stevens Institute of Technology (1959), a Masters degree from CCNY (1962), and has completed graduate courses in computer science at Pratt Institute (1965).

Listed in Who Is Who of American Scientists and Engineers, Béla is also an American Scientist book reviewer. He was elected as an ISA (International Society of Automation) Fellow in 1973, has received the Pond Award, and in 1995, was recipient of the ISA ”Technical Achievement Award”. Béla was a keynote speaker at ISA EXPO 2002 and received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from ISA in 2005. He also received the best paper award from ASHRAE, and the “Control Hall of Fame” award in 2001.

Béla published more than 200 technical articles and some two dozen technical books, including four editions of the multi-volume Instrument Engineers’ Handbook, with preface by Edward Teller and the Environmental Engineers' Handbook.

His most recent book, titled Post-Oil Energy Technology describes the design of the world's first solar-hydrogen demonstration power plant and a method for storing and transporting solar energy in the form of liquid hydrogen.

Release date: 08/25/2011