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Powered by hydrogen? Shale gas revolution may drive acceptance of fuel-cell vehicles

12:33 PM MDT | August 1, 2014 | —Mike Kratochwill and Andy (hua) Yang

The development of fuel-cell vehicles today is most directly linked to mandates for zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). However, plentiful natural gas from the shale revolution may also provide a boost. With increased demand for clean fuels and cost-competitive petrochemical feedstocks, shale gas production in North America is forecast to continue increasing. Cost-advantaged chemical feedstocks, such as ethane, propane, and butane, from shale gas will likely either be monetized as raw materials for chemical and polymer applications domestically or exported to regions...

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