Research: Hydrogen & Fuel Cells

Hydrogen can be used to create energy in vehicles through a chemical reaction, rather than through combustion which generates negative externalities. The only by-products of hydrogen being used as energy are heat and water. Hydrogen can be used in fuel cells to power cars, houses and other appliances.

Various sources say that “clean hydrogen” will play a large roll in the green energy movement of the future

Hydrogen is the simplest element that exists, but it does not naturally occur by itself- it needs to be created through chemical reactions. Currently, 6% of global natural gas and 2% global coal goes into hydrogen production; this also means that a large amount of CO2 is put into the atmosphere annually (830 million tons). However, electrolytic hydrogen is an option for non-fossil fuel-generated hydrogen.

Excess energy from solar or wind power systems can also be used to produce hydrogen, which can be stored efficiently and used during low sun or wind seasons.