Chapter 15

Hydrogen

Abstract

Many people have proposed hydrogen as a clean energy source because, when hydrogen is burned, its only byproduct is water. Rifkin has even gone as far as to say that we have reached the end of the hydrocarbon age and that hydrogen is the energy source of the future. However, this claim belies the fact that there are no indigenous hydrogen sources in the world. So, hydrogen has to be generated from other energy sources before it can be made available for use. The major methods for generating hydrogen rely on natural gas and coal as source materials. Consequently, hydrogen is not really an energy source but a method of energy storage. It also suffers from serious deficiencies in this regard. It is difficult to store and ...

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