"Venter Fuel"

Craig Venter is working with ExxonMobil and BP to bring synthetic biology-based gasoline to a pump near you.

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Craig Venter is a smart guy,

Craig Venter is a smart guy, so why is the focus on producing more gasoline or methane instead of, say, hydrogen?

The answer to the question

The answer to the question must be that we don't have a hydrogen economy, and we won't for a very long time.

A problem with hydrogen is

A problem with hydrogen is the large volume transportation. This could be overcome by the use of small modular nuclear reactor (SMNR, eg, Hyperion Power) to make the hydrogen. By strategic placement of such facilities the manufacture of the hydrogen could take place near the site of use or refueling of vehicles. The SMNRs would generate electricity to run refrigerators to condense water from the air that could be electrolyzed to form hydrogen and oxygen.