THE HYDROGEN STORY
It has taken nearly a full century to happen -
Most of the remaining issues address the fact that Hydrogen -
So, for the time being ... vehicle makers are using gaseous Hydrogen -
This hydrogen does not directly provide power to the wheels of those vehicles. Instead, the Hydrogen is used to charge ‘fuel cells’ which create electricity, to drive the wheels of the vehicle, through batteries and electric motors.
But … therein, of course, lies a significant problem. The normal driver, making any type of journey; surely, and reasonably -
This essential need dictates a key feature of this story; what has become known as ‘The Hydrogen Highway’ -
We must design and build an intermediate stage in our use of Hydrogen -
We are in precisely that stage today. We call it ‘Hydrogen-
The HYDROGEN Story ... affects us all in so many ways.
Many of us will be aware that water is made of 2 atoms of Hydrogen and 1 of Oxygen -
Without Hydrogen, life as we know it would be impossible; you could argue that, without hydrogen, we could not float in water; because -
As Hydrogen and Oxygen combine naturally, to form water, you can be sure that we would all die of thirst if there was no Hydrogen available.
All the water on the planet, in the oceans, the rivers and lakes, in the clouds and in ourselves, plants and organisms; gets there naturally; and all of water
comprises, quite simply, Hydrogen and Oxygen.
By simply burning Hydrogen in the presence of air; the oxygen, in the air, combines with hydrogen to make water.
Into every litre bucket of water; nature has compressed more than 1250 litres of Hydrogen and over 850 litres of Oxygen !
‘ So what ... ?’, you might say. Well, hold on to that thought ....
Here’s the point of this story.
When the earliest motor vehicle was invented, late in the eighteenth century, in Europe, the only fuel available to run in the elementary engine on that vehicle was ... Hydrogen.
The inventor had no choice; neither gasoline, petrol, diesel nor any other hydro-
There was no petroleum industry -
The rest of that saga is history and I’m sure you are familiar with the way the tale developed.
Now ... the story is close to turning a full circle!
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