Monday, May 17, 2010

Hydrogen, fuel of the future

But many of you already thought that. So why don't we see more fuel cell powered cars, buses, trains, houses even? The creation and distribution of Hydrogen is the problem really, once that gets figured out it will truly be the fuel for everything.

We will still need petroleum for lubrication, different products that we use, etc and so on.

Think of hydrogen as a way to store energy. Much better than a battery as batteries lose power over time and are not really that efficient. Hydrogen must be created from electrolysis in water or by stripping it out of hydrocarbons such as natural gas. This is all easy to do but has inefficiencies associated with each method. As we can be more efficient to extract pure hydrogen out of water using energy sources from solar and wind (or other renewable energies) then we do have a truly green energy source that can do lots of things.

It can produce power through a fuel cell and it can be burned for heat or to run a combustion engine. Think about an airplane that runs on hydrogen, the emissions would be a small fraction of what fossil fuels are.

Why are we not seeing more hydrogen?
I believe that the powers that be, government, corporations, etc. do NOT like hydrogen because anyone can make it. Just think if anyone can make a fuel that can power just about anything being made at home where it can't be taxed, rationed, or controlled in anyway how much power these "powers that be" would lose.

Just like an electric car, having a form of transportation that does not require a fuel that can be controlled and can be produced by anyone with solar or wind power. This is a loss of control for our government and the corporations producing power.

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