Hydrogen Explained

When looking for alternative fuels, most people point out the benefits that hydrogen could have if we could harness it into a fuel source. The use of hydrogen as a fuel is going to be through the use of fuel cells, which is actually already used in some hybrid vehicles that are currently on the market. There are many pros and cons of using hydrogen in order to power vehicles. For starters, it is able to be produced here, which means that we could limit the reliance that we have on fossil fuels, as well as having to depend on other countries for our fuel source. This is a huge plus that many people are all for. Secondly, it produces no emissions when it is used. This is excellent news. If all vehicles could utilize these fuel cells, then the number of greenhouse emissions that we would be emitting into the air is zero, which means that we could effectively stop the greenhouse effect to some extent.

However, with all the pros of the use of hydrogen fuel being known, there are a few challenges that are going to take a while and a lot of research to be done in order to overcome these. For example, hydrogen is incredibly expensive to purchase. For those that are having a hard time with making ends meet purchasing fossil fuels, this is not going to help them in the least. In addition, the cost of buying a vehicle that uses these hydrogen fuel cells as sources of fuel is expensive. The normal everyday person who would benefit from the ownership of one of these vehicles is not going to be able to afford these cars. There is also the problem of the mileage that hydrogen powered vehicles can go. On average, the maximum mileage is around 300 miles without having to stop to refuel. And for storing hydrogen on the car, so far there has been nothing found that will work for long distances. So in essence, you are limited to the near area that you live. This means that even those who have these vehicles are still going to have to rely on the gasoline powered car to go some places.

A hydrogen fuel cell works in a car pretty much the same way that a battery works. There are high tech explanations that are available for people to learn more about hydrogen cells, however, the basic version is that the hydrogen and oxygen are the negative and positive ions that are producing the charge that powers the car. So are we going to see an explosion of hydrogen powered cars any time soon? With all the research that is being devoted to alternative fuels, including hydrogen, the chances that hydrogen will become one of the alternative fuels in the future is very likely. However, the government is going to have to figure out a way in which to make sure that the hydrogen runs just as long as gasoline in order for people to take it seriously. For more information on alternative fuels such as hydrogen, visit future-alternatives.org.