The demand for alternative ways of energy, specially for the means of transportation are on the rise, and while there is a huge attention given to lithium powered batteries, Tesla and its founder Elon Musk, little space in the spotlight has been given to hydrogen fuel cells, a clean source of energy with usable and attainable energetic value that can power from airplanes to cars.
1.How do Hydrogen Fuel Works?
Hydrogen Gas is used to power a conventional electric motor. Hydrogen fuel cell technology combine hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity that is used to run the motor.
2.What are the Advantages of Hydrogen Fuel?
The advantage over conventional petrol or fossil gas is that the byproduct of the combination of hydrogen and oxygen is merely water, meaning a zero pollution emission vehicle, besides having a lower cost per gallon than gasoline. The advantage of hydrogen fueling over lithium batteries and other electric fueling solutions is that hydrogen fuel is put into the car in the same conventional way as gasoline, giving more mobility and freedom to the driver since the is no need to wait hours for a recharge, besides of hydrogen being the most abundant material in the whole known universe around 75%, while the most famous alternative source of energy for cars is lithium battery which is extremely rare and radioactive.
3. Can Hydrogen be Used as an Energy Source for More Areas?
The answer to that is yes. Hydrogen can be used to replace other energy sources, such as coal, the second most used energy source behind gasoline, that is also extremely pollutant. The Ocean Geothermal Energy Foundation has already come up with a system that will allow the production of vast quantities of hydrogen at a cost of $0.06 kWh, while coal costs $0.09 kWh.
Nowadays more and more clean alternative fuel sources are being discovered, and while none of them has taken the market by storm they are gaining ground slowly and steadily in the world market, it is up to consumers and governments to incentivize the production and usage of these sources.