Essay about Hydrogen - Fuel of the Future

1240 Words Aug 7th, 2008 5 Pages
Do you like paying $3.78 for a gallon of gasoline? Well, as of May 16, 2008 that is the national average. You wake up knowing you need to fill the tank and the hair stands up on the back of your neck as you think of how much more the price has increased over night. It doesn’t have to be that way if you believe in the power of change. Hydrogen fuel is that change for the automobiles of the future. Hydrogen has been used for decades, but mostly for commercial use. Each year, we get closer to removing the oil company’s choke hold on our wallets. It’s time to drive with a lighter purse and a cleaner environment and it’s time for hydrogen fuel. The two largest points of debate with hydrogen fuel are cost and production
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This is important as natural gas is a component in forming the hydrogen fuel, so there is already a pipeline in place to draw from more easily that will reduce future cost in that operational area. The production of Hydrogen involves several different resources and can be done using multiple processes. Hydrogen is often mistaken as an energy source, but it isn’t exactly that. In simple terms, it must be produced using forms of fuel that contain it. We must produce hydrogen using other things like natural gas, solar power, and coal. We do not need to rely on a single source to produce hydrogen or a foreign market. It can be produced just about anywhere. Today, energy companies in the United States produce about 9 million tons of hydrogen that is used primarily for industrial use, but it’s enough hydrogen to fuel about 34 million cars (Department of Energy, 2005). About 95% of the hydrogen produced today comes from Natural Gas, but for large commercial use it is not the most attractive route to go as we don’t have an endless supply of natural gas (Department of Energy, 2005). One other process is called Electrolysis. Electrolysis simply uses electricity to split the water into hydrogen and oxygen. The electricity can come from solar forms of collection using sun or wind so it isn’t pulled from the electricity grid. Hydrogen storage is the single biggest challenge today for the release of commercial hydrogen vehicles. In order for hydrogen to be marketable

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