Hydrogen’s Dirty Secret – It’s Not Always A Green Fuel

Hydrogen's Dirty Secret – It's Not Always A Green Fuel

 Nature is at an alarm. There is nothing evident that the forests are being cut down and use of electrical equipment is increasing every day. There is a massive crisis which is causing changes in our environment, indirectly changing our lifestyles and health habits. The hydrogen gas, which we adorned as the friendliest fuel of man, is not that friendly anymore. It indeed has taken the mortals to space, helped in generating electricity with clear waste product water, but somehow it is not a green fuel.

Our non-renewable resources like natural gas, oil and coal are almost at the end of its existence. Now the question is, if these sources are ending, wood is unavailable, what is the substitute? Which is that one source, or a green fuel, that will keep our house, business, car and all other appliances running?

Hydrogen's Dirty Secret – It's Not Always A Green Fuel
Hydrogen’s Dirty Secret – It’s Not Always A Green Fuel

What is green fuel?

Commonly known as biofuel, the green fuel is now an expectation for the world. The fuel is originated from plants and is believed as more eco-friendly than the burning of fossil fuels. The desperate search of alternative ways has led scientist to such discovery.

If we start replacing fossil fuels with hydrogen gas, the emission of greenhouse gases will get reduced. According to a report, hydrogen provides us with the option to decarbonize the stricter elements in nature. If hydrogen were not present, it would have been difficult to remove them from the environment.

Hydrogen is o most friendly fuel till now. On land, one of them is used for heating purposes. The gas is used as a reliable source for heating your homes on extreme winter climates. The cleanest way to use hydrogen is by splitting water into oxygen and hydrogen. The process is called electrolysis, but it is quite expensive and incompetent. But, if electrolysis would be possible for extracting hydrogen from water, we would be left with only 62 per cent of the heat energy that was present when the experiment began.

Hydrogen's Dirty Secret – It's Not Always A Green Fuel
Hydrogen’s Dirty Secret – It’s Not Always A Green Fuel

Impossibility to utilize hydrogen for future days

If hydrogen is in the atmosphere, hydrogen combustion will release nitrogen oxides with some amount of water vapor. You might think why it is not possible to produce hydrogen by electrolysis. It is quite apparent to think so but until I clarify the whole thing.

To continue the process of electrolysis, it would need a total electrical energy of 2050. That would end up producing sufficient hydrogen that heating a home needs. Some other practical problems include leaking properties. Since the hydrogen molecules are smaller in size, it tends to leak into the atmosphere. After the leak, it pollutes the air by transforming into nitrous oxides in contact with a burn.

Conclusion

Hence, hydrogen, no matter how friendly you think it to be, is never your friend. Instead, why not plant more trees and make the whole environment a natural air conditioner? Think about it. That would be cost-efficient and easier than electrolysis. 

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