Potential Drawbacks: Even though hydrogen as a fuel seems to answer every problem we want it to; it also has setbacks. Although we have the technology now to bring us an endless supply of hydrogen fuel we do not have the storage or infrastructure capabilities for it. “Hydrogen
The Hindenburg was an amazing zeppelin built by the Germans. Known for its leisure traveling across the Atlantic Ocean and being the symbol of an amazing engineering by the Germans. Sadly, a catastrophic disaster strike the magnificent airship that shock many people who witness the unfortunate, but horrifying dramatic event. Afterwards, resulting many questioning the cause of the terrible disaster. The crash of the Hindenburg that happen in 1937 was a disaster that caused shock and despair around the world.
Hydrogen Gas Produced from Metals and Acids Abstract Experiments 2-1 and 2-2 study the production of hydrogen gas by different chemical reactions. By using a hydrogen gas collection apparatus and the principles of chemistry, we were able to evaluate the data and reach our goal. Experiment 2-1 uses zinc, magnesium and aluminum and how much hydrogen gas they produce to predict the volume of hydrogen gas produced for different masses of each metal. In this experiment we see that each metal has an increasing amount of hydrogen gas as mass goes up, however each metal had different amount of hydrogen gas for the same mass. Zinc produced the least amount of hydrogen gas, then increasing with magnesium, and aluminum produced the highest amount. The
There are many hypothesis that try to explain why the Hindenburg exploded in flame. One of the theories argues that the fire was started by an electrical spark which was caused by the buildup of electrical static. Some say that the skin covering the duralumin frame (aka dope) was not designed to evenly distribute its charge throughout the fabric. The skin and the frame were separated by non-conductive cords that were covered in metal to improve conductivity (but not very effectively), allowing a huge difference of electrical potential to build up. When the Hindenburg landed, a mooring line grounded the frame but not the skin creating an electrical spark from the differences in potential. The spark, trying to find the closest way to the ground
However, some pundits are concerned that adopting hydrogen energy as the sole strategy for the issues facing the automobile’s future is problematic because of the lengthy time frame in which they are projected to become ubiquitous. Furthermore, the present infrastructure for the distribution of hydrogen fuel sources or the production of hydrogen fuel cells is not only insufficient, but slow to develop. As such, fossil fuels are presently the main source for hydrogen production, which means that hydrogen vehicles do not successfully decouple the automobile from a fossil fuel economy. This is also widely inefficient because it will generate four times the carbon dioxide emissions generated by gasoline efficient automobiles. Furthermore, compressing hydrogen for the purposes of
In just 34 seconds, the lives of 36 people were lost on May 6, 1937. The airship had over 97 seven people aboard the when it burst into a ball of flames(The). Many people have theories as to why the airship went down. Some say two of the four engines failed to maintain power. Others argue back that a hydrogen leak was the culprit.(Found) Some even say that static electricity could have played a role in this tragedy. Despite the fact that the Hindenburg went up in flames, it is still considered the largest airship ever built and has impacted the way we use transportation by air today. (The)
The Hindenburg disaster occurred on May 6, 1937, when a German airship caught fire and was destroyed during a landing attempt in New Jersey. There were 35 deaths (13 passengers and 22 crew members). The German Airship was a blimp, therefore it was filled with gasses in order to float. the Hindenburg disaster was caused by an electrostatic discharge that ignited leaking hydrogen. The difference in electricity likely caused a spark to jump from the fabric which was used to cover the blimp (which had the ability to hold a charge) to the ship’s framework (which was grounded through the landing line). Because one was so negatively charged and the other was so positively charged, it resulted in a giant spark which blew up the
The Hindenburg disaster of 1937 changed the world of air travel in the 30’s. From a world with airships commonly and widely used to them almost non-existent.
Currently, hydrogen is generated from fossil fuels by the steam reforming of methane or natural gas. At extremely high temperatures from between 700-1100℃, steam water reacts with methane in an endothermic reaction to yield syngas (synthesis gas), which is a fuel gas mixture consisting primarily of hydrogen and carbon monoxide.
Proponents of a world-scale hydrogen economy argue that hydrogen can be an environmentally cleaner source of energy to end-users, particularly in transportation applications, without the release of pollutants like particulate matter and carbon dioxide. However hydrogen continues to have technical obstacles associated with it, including storage issues, due to the
The Hindenburg was a beautiful zeppelin made by the Germans. It was luxury like no other airship ever had. Everyone was so excited to ride in it. The Hindenburg had first class rooms and even a special piano that was specially designed for it. The luxurious ship also had a room to smoke. What a shame that it ended so badly.
With proper handling, hydrogen is as safe as any other fuels such as gasoline, diesel or natural gas – and in some instances even safer. For decades, codes and standard of handling hydrogen have been implemented and safe system designs have been developed. Now hydrogen is produced, shipped, distributed and used safely worldwide for the use in everything from welding to hydrogenated peanut butter. Over 50 million tonnes of hydrogen are produced annually worldwide. Hydrogen is the most common element in the universe, and it’s also the lightest. This means that if there is a leak in a storage tank, the hydrogen rises and diffuses quickly into non-flammable
Hydrogen Powered Versus Electric Powered Vehicles The human race is in the midst of an energy crisis. The gasoline used around the world is currently a non-renewable resource. As the title suggests, the gasoline will eventually be totally consumed in part by the gas guzzling vehicles common today. For this reason,
Biofuel: Ethanol Alternative to Transportation For the past three decades Oil dominates the agenda of political discussion. With scares over price volatility, sizes of reserves, international imports and least of which are the environmental impacts due to carbon dioxide and other emissions.
In order to understand the why behind the need to change from fossil fuels to hydrogen power, it is necessary to understand what that power is and how it works. Hydrogen is the most abundant and simplest element on earth. It is most commonly found as part of water. In its pure gaseous form it is extremely light, but when ignited in this state releases a large amount of energy in an explosion. In this violent reaction the hydrogen combines with free oxygen molecules in the atmosphere and creates water vapor. This is similar to the way gasoline is combined with air and ignited in an internal combustion engine in the cars used today and like with gasoline, the combustion of hydrogen has risks. In addition to the risk, some of the energy released in the reaction is lost in the form of sound and heat. As an alternative to burning, these same gases can be combined with the use of catalysts to extract the free electrons produced as liquid water is formed(Popovici and Hoble Dorel). Using cables connected to a fuel cell such as this, those electrons go through a circuit, generating electricity. This is more efficient than combustion because less energy is wasted in the form of sound and heat. Going further, greater efficiency for this reaction can be had the lower the temperature it is allowed to take place at, with 83% power at 25◦C(77◦ F)(Popovici and Hoble Dorel). As fuel cells are created with better heat management and