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Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity

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John C. Kotz + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337399074

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Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity

10th Edition
John C. Kotz + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337399074
Textbook Problem

What is the likelihood that hydrogen (H2) will become a widely used fuel and that the “hydrogen economy” will become a reality? In particular, what are the advantages and disadvantages of H2 as a fuel? What would be necessary for a significant conversion to a “hydrogen economy”?

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation: The advantages and disadvantages of hydrogen as a fuel and the necessary thing for the conversion to a hydrogen economy have to be given.

Concept introduction:

The major problem facing by human beings is the crisis of diminishing the energy sources. The amount of fossil fuel has decreased rapidly so that an alternative fuel supply should be found out. Hydrogen came out to be a better option for this crisis. In automobile industry gasoline may be replaced by hydrogen and it act as natural gas too.

Hydrogen economy: The process of producing, storing and using of hydrogen as a fuel. The energy produced by the oxidation of hydrogen is much higher than the energy produced by the oxidation of other fossil fuels.

Explanation

The term Hydrogen economy was introduced to avoid the negative effects of different hydrocarbon fuels which release gases like carbon dioxides and carbon monoxides. Hydrogen can be used as a transportation fuel without any release of pollutants.

Hydrogen economy: The process of producing, storing and using of hydrogen as a fuel. The energy produced by the oxidation of hydrogen is much higher than the energy produced by the oxidation of other fossil fuels.

Advantages:

  • Oxidation only produces water as a product.
  • More efficient than other hydrocarbon fuels
  • Eco friendly
  • Fuel cells works silently, compared to internal combustion engines...

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