iding from the airport to Iceland
k, gives one the sen-sation of having landed on themoon. Black lava rocks cover themostly barren landscape, which isarticulated by craters, hills, and mountains.Other parts of the island are covered by athin layer of green moss. American astro-nauts traveled here in the 1960s to practicewalking the lunar surface, defining rock types, and taking specimens.I, too, have traveled here on a journey of sorts to a new world
a world that is pow-ered not by oil, coal, and other pollutingfossil fuels, but one that relies primarily onrenewable resources for energy and onhydrogen as an energy carrier, producingelectricity with only water and heat asbyproducts. My quest has brought me tothe cluttered office of Bragi
rnason, achemistry professor at the University of Iceland whose 30-year-old plan to run hiscountry on hydrogen energy has recentlybecome an official objective of his govern-ment, to be achieved over the next 30 years.
I think we could be a pilot country, givinga vision of the world to come,
he says tome with a quiet conviction and a deep, blue-
by Seth Dunn
ILLUSTRATION BY JANET HAMLIN