Essay on The Use of Hydrogen as an Energy Source in the Future

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The Use of Hydrogen as an Energy Source in the Future

There have been many stories in the newspapers, on TV and on the radio about the state that our planet is in, and most of the time they are not too positive. We hear about pollution, and global warming most frequently, which are both caused mainly by the burning of fossil fuels. Because of this, organizations and governments have started to invest money in researching alternate forms of energy that are less polluting and that do not contribute to global warming. One of the main sources of energy being looked into is hydrogen, which is used in fuel cells to produce electrical energy. Very little pollution is formed by hydrogen and absolutely no greenhouse gases are formed. In
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All these problems are caused by the burning of fossil fuels, which produce greenhouse gases like CO2, NOx and SOx.
This causes quite the dilemma. How can we replace our main form of energy which is not only killing our planet, but is also diminishing because fossil fuels are finite resources and our needs and demands are infinite? Either our planet will become too polluted to be inhabited or we will run out of fossil fuels and will need a new source of energy.
This is why certain organizations and governments are looking into alternative energy sources like hydrogen, earth's most abundant element, (Esselstyn 1) which can be isolated from water, natural gas, methanol, organic wastes, and petrochemical spills. (Esselstyn 4)

Hydrogen, oxygen, water and electricity have a remarkable relationship, which, when used in an effective manner can produce infinite amounts of energy, with very few negative consequences. (Esselstyn 3) We get energy from hydrogen by using fuel cells, which are voltaic cells in which a fuel substance undergoes oxidation and from which electrical energy is obtained continuously. Fuel cells have a maze of membranes which allow oxygen and hydrogen to combine. This combination of elements is an electrochemical process, which produces electricity, as well as water vapor and an…

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