My blogging has been slow lately. I've been busy researching a follow-up story to the report that my colleague Alain Jeannet and myself published two weeks ago, revealing Swiss industrialist Nicolas Hayek's plan for a fuel-cell car engine and a "clean" way to produce the necessary hydrogen for it -- which I blogged about on August 24.
The new article is out today in L'Hebdo, the Swiss newsweekly. If you read French, you can download the PDF here (5 pages, 1.3 MB). In it, we tell details of the plan (oversimplifying: they want to develop and market a small-size solar-powered electrolyzer capable of splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen, which can then be used in the fuel cell -- which they also intend to make cheap and robust -- to generate the electricity needed to propel a car or to power household appliances), of the business construct (several partners from industry, engineering, electrical utility, banking, research, but no automotive company), of the time-horizon, and of the celebrities that will be associated (including actor/activist George Clooney and former astronaut Claude Nicollier). We also publish an interview with Hayek: "We want to change the way in which the world deals with energy and mobility".