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The Hydrogen Fuel Alternative

August 12, 2008 by  

Five years ago, President Bush, in his State of the Union speech, announced a $1.2 billion dollar hydrogen fuel initiative in order to help reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil. This was a huge deal then, because gasoline didn’t cost near what it does today, and the announcement also stressed the reduction of greenhouse gases and other pollutants from vehicles, homes, and businesses.

Suzuki Hydrogen
Manufacturers quickly jumped on board, and started producing hybrid vehicles that ran on hydrogen fuel and batteries. Since powering vehicles with hydrogen has multiple advantages, plenty of funding has flooded the scientific and engineering communities in an attempt to reduce costs to build and maintain hydrogen powered vehicles. Fuel cells, which are required to store hydrogen, are becoming smaller and more technologically advanced as engineers streamline the process. Hydrogen fuel continues to be something that will help combat $4.00/gallon gasoline, and gives countries across the globe hope in reducing costs and more importantly, dirty pollution, which plagues many major cities.

Hydrogen can be found in many places, and is available in water, coal, natural gas, and biomass. The DOE (Department Of Energy) states that hydrogen can reduce America’s oil import demands by over 11+ million barrels per day, which is about how much we purchase per day currently. They say this can happen by the year 2040 – so it’s a ways off, but with the exponential growth of technology, that number could possibly be reduced as we move into the future.

Vehicle pollution is a wildly growing problem in large and medium sized cities all over the United States, and the entire world. Hydrogen fuel cells generate electricity as opposed to gas to power an automobile, so this can significantly help reduce and eventually eliminate vehicle pollution since hydrogen emits only water vapor.     The DOE says that by the year 2040, by using hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, we could eliminate greenhouse carbon gases by over 500 million metric tons per year. I bet the planet Earth would be okay with that!

When hydrogen is burned to power and engine and generate electricity, the high efficiency ratio of hydrogen as a power source drastically reduces the nasty compounds that take a toll on our environment. So hydrogen powered vehicles, and anything else that requires electricity, can help us greatly to finally achieve a healthy, clean, and clear environment for us, and more importantly, our kids, their kids, and so on…

So the next time your at a dealership that sells hydrogen fuel cell cars, take pride in knowing that if you get one, you’re one of the special people taking action to literally help make this world a better place to live in.

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