Hydrogen - Fuel of the Future

1253 WordsJul 27, 20086 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 Hydrogen fuel is…show more content…
The hydrogen tanks today hold the hydrogen in a compressed form, which make the tank heavier. The drawback to that is that the car needs to be a certain weight to maintain popular fuel economy, so carrying a heavier tank is not an attractive offer for consumers or car manufactures. You can also free the hydrogen which is more convenient and has less weight. The downfall to that is the special insulation needed for the tank which makes the tank bigger and hence holds less fuel. In addition, the hydrogen tends to heat up when transferring the liquid to gas which will burn off some of the fuel. The current technology is centered within the storage of hydrogen in materials (Department of Energy, 2007). Researchers around the world are in a race to develop the most viable materials to hold the hydrogen. Storing the fuel in materials provides a higher quantity of fuel at a lower volume with less compression near room temperature. This will reduce the size of the storage area, weight, and solve the challenge of fuel burning off. Safety is a question on everyone’s mind with the unfamiliarity of a new fuel. The fact is that hydrogen has been around for decades. It can be used just as safe as any other fuel we have today, but we just need to be cognoscente of its effects. No one thinks twice about the safety guidelines of filling up with gasoline anymore as we are used to it. According to the Department of

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