Alternative Energy: Hydrogen Power

Hydrogen power is a great alternative energy source and one that will help you reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Hydrogen cars are quite possibly one of the most important inventions of modern times.

How it Works

Unlike a traditional gas car, a true hydrogen fuel car does not need to have gasoline in order to ignite its engine.

Hydrogen fuel cars run on a hydrogen fuel cell instead of gasoline.

Hydrogen power is a new form of alternative energy

Not in Markets Yet

Although there are no hydrogen fuel cell cars currently on the market, this is expected to change very soon.

With the invention of hydrogen fuel cars, many people are wondering what to expect when it comes to the demand for gas.

Some people are doubtful of the sell-able attributes of hydrogen cars, but there is plenty of evidence that shows that hydrogen cars might be the one way that the car manufacturing industry can save the world from global warming.

A fuel cell bus could greatly decrease your carbon footprint


Environmentalists around the world are now pushing for hydrogen fuel cars, and it's easy to see why.

Since there is no gas being used for hydrogen cars' fuel tanks, drivers can travel throughout the world without having to worry about all the carbon emissions that their exhaust would leave.

Greenhouse gas production would be significantly curbed if the majority of the people on Earth drove hydrogen cars.

Since many of the polluting elements that traditional cars release are also responsible for acid rain, it is quite possible that hydrogen cars will be a leading cause of a decline in acid rain as well.

It is now possible for trains to run on hydrogen fuel cells


Economically speaking, this very green movement is probably going to also be popular with people who do not even care about the environment.

Considering the increasingly expensive prices of gas these days, many people who are simply fed up with the unpredictable gas prices are turning to the possibility of an alternative fuel car as their solution to the gas crisis.

Politicians who are concerned about the state of the environment are even offering rebates and tax deductions for people who are driving cars that have a hydrogen fuel cell.

It's quite clear that the economic incentive is going to convert a lot of people to a more eco-friendly car design.

Many boats running on hydrogen fuel cells have been built

Reducing Fossil Fuel Dependency

Hydrogen power will help reduce a country's dependence on fossil fuels as remarked by George W. Bush at a Renewable Energy Conference on October 12, 2006:

"Ultimately, in my judgment, one of the ways to make sure that we become fully less dependent on oil is through hydrogen. And we're spending $1.2 billion to encourage hydrogen fuel cells. It's coming, it's coming," said the former President George W. Bush. "It's an interesting industry evolution, to think about your automobiles being powered by hydrogen, and the only emission is water vapour."

On a side note, although Obama stopped Bush's program in 2009, in order to invest in electric cars instead, Obama later changed his stance on hydrogen fuel cells to increase funding.

Former President George W. Bush invested in hydrogen fuel cells

Is Hydrogen Power the Future of Green Automobiles?

Sure, it might take a few years before hydrogen fuel cars really hit the market, but the new advances in alternative fuel car designs have made more people consider the possibility of driving a car that is gas-free.

Will it save the world from the environmentally damaging, wallet-wrecking crisis that gasoline has caused?

It is quite possible, but it will take a while for all of the drastic changes in current car technology to take place.

While waiting for hydrogen power to progress, one could always get an electric car or even a hybrid.

Nonetheless, I remain optimistic and believe that hydrogen fuel cell cars will arrive much earlier in the market than anticipated.

In addition, all forms of transportation could eventually use hydrogen fuel cells. These include not only cars, but also trains, planes, boats, and buses.

This revolutionary form of alternative energy will surely help us reduce the catastrophic effects of climate change.

However, an article from the Guardian newspaper explains how there are different types of hydrogen and green hydrogen is what would help build a sustainable future (Source).

The three types of hydrogen are:

  • Grey hydrogen - extracted from fossil gas releasing carbon dioxide emissions into the air
  • Blue hydrogen - extracted from fossil gas before carbon dioxide emissions are trapped and stored permanently underground
  • Green hydrogen - extracted from water using renewable electricity and releasing oxygen into the air

Essentially, the article explains how it is better to have regular electric cars than to have cars powered by hydrogen. Hydrogen power could still be useful for long-haul flights and heavy machinery. For most forms of transport including cars, bikes, buses and trains, it makes sense to use cleaner and cheaper technologies like battery-run electric vehicles and heat pumps.

Hydrogen Car Illustration

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