His name is Mike Strizki. He is so devoted to hydrogen fuel-cell that he drives a Toyota Mirai even though it requires him to refine hydrogen fuel in his yard himself.

''Yeah, I love it,'' Mr. Strizki said of his 2017 Mirai. ''This car is powerful, there's no shifting, plus I'm not carrying all of that weight of the batteries,'' he said in a not-so-subtle swipe at the world's most notable hydrogen naysayer, Elon Musk.

In December, the California Fuel Cell Partnership tallied 8,890 electric cars and 48 electric buses running on hydrogen batteries, which are refillable in minutes at any of 42 stations in that state.

On the East coast of the United States, the number of people who own and drive a hydrogen electric car is somewhat lower.

Mr. Strizki favors fuel-cell cars for the same reasons as most proponents. You can make fuel using water and solar power, as he does. The byproduct of making hydrogen is oxygen, and the byproduct of burning it is water.

Hydrogen is among the most plentiful elements on earth, so you don't have to go to adversarial countries or engage in environmentally destructive extraction to get it.

The car is as quiet to drive as any other electric vehicle, it requires little maintenance, and because it    doesn't 1,200 pounds of batteries, it has a performance edge.

 His infatuation with hydrogen began with cars, but it didn't end there. In 2006, he made the first house in the United States to be powered entirely by hydrogen produced on site using solar power.

Nine years later, he made the second. He said he has built hydrogen-power home systems for conservationists and celebrities - one of his systems reportedly powers the actor Johnny Depp's private island in the Bahamas.

Mr. Strizki is using his retirement to evangelize for the planet-saving advantages of Hydrogen batteries. He has faced opposition from the electric, oil and battery industries, he said, as well as his sometimes supporter, the Energy Department.

Then there is the ghost of the 1937 Hindenburg explosion, which hovers all things hydrogen. The financial crash of the high-flying hydrogen truck manufacturer Nikola hasn't advanced his case.

Like anyone with evangelical fervor, he can be easy to write off as a kook. It doesn't help that many of his achievements aren't reliably documented - he said was not legally allowed to identify the celebrity homes he has electrified.

The Honor and Serving of the latest Global Operational Research on new technologies and future, continues. The World Students Society thanks author Roy Furchgott.


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