Hydrogen energy can serve as a solution for harmful emissions. Many of the current energy sources used today produce a significant amount of carbon dioxide emissions – a leading contributor to global warming and other environmental issues.
Hydrogen differentiates itself from this by producing nearly zero emissions. This is because the energy generates electrical power in a fuel cell. When this occurs, hydrogen energy only emits water vapor and warm air.
Hydrogen provides countries with energy security because it can be produced domestically. Contrary to other energy sources, it is produced from sources such as natural gas, coal, solar energy and more.
Because of this, countries can preserve their non-renewable energy resources and lessen their dependence on fossil fuels. Increased energy security would additionally remove the dependence on major oil producing countries such as Russia and Saudi Arabia.
Further, hydrogen positions itself as an energy storage medium. When hydrogen is stored in the form of a gas or liquid, it won’t evaporate until it is used again. This increases its shelf life drastically.
In comparison to the current storage methods such as batteries or other electrical methods, hydrogen may become the optimal medium for energy storage. Its effectiveness is the same even after a long period of storage.
A renewable future
Energy from hydrogen answers many of the production complaints that come from today’s energy resources. As a handful of countries dominate the non-renewable energy market, renewable energy that is accessible for everyone must be location-independent and cost-effective.
Researchers are investigating how electrolysis can be used to produce energy from hydrogen. Electrolysis entails separating water from hydrogen. If this can be successfully done, any country with access to water could create their own energy sourced from hydrogen . This new advancement may help combat climate change on a global scale efficiently.
If hydrogen can be scaled to provide a meaningful portion of global energy, it could remove the current dependence on non-renewable energy sources such as oil and natural gas. This along with the current renewable energy sources – namely solar and wind energy – could provide countries with ample clean energy because these energy sources are derived from water, the sun and wind.
These are just a few examples of how this form of energy can be harnessed and help create a renewable future globally. It will take several years of research and development to implement hydrogen energy at scale, but the benefits that will come from its use may be extensive.
Dhoof Mohamed writes about energy and IT topics for various clients. His academic interests include solar energy initiatives and the future of sustainable energy. His articles have appeared on SiteProNews, ChooseFlorida and the office of the U.S. Embassy. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.