President Bush visited Uni-Solar in early 2006. Ovshinsky hopes the visit will result in support for his vision of a hydrogen-based economy.
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Stan Ovshinsky, founder of ECD Ovonics and lifelong inventor.
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Stan Ovshinksy’s model for a hydrogen-based economy is illustrated by the hydrogen loop, which is both renewable and pollution-free. Using the sun as a sustainable energy source, solar electricity can either be stored in NiMH batteries for hybrid vehicles, or used to generate hydrogen through electrolysis, then stored in a solid hydrogen system to power non-polluting, internal combustion engines or hydrogen fuel cells, which are still under development at Energy Conversion Devices (ECD). Other forms of sustainable energy, such as wind, hydroelectric and geothermal, could also be used to generate hydrogen by electrolysis.
Ovshinky’s NiMH battery powers electric motors that enable hybrid cars to have smaller, more fuel-efficient gas engines.