We often hear the phrase “It’s not rocket science” but in the case of hydrogen, it really is. Hydrogen, the most abundant chemical in the universe powered the first space shuttle into orbit and has continued powering space exploration ever since.
Meanwhile, back on planet Earth, it is making inroads in a number of areas due to its many advantages as a fuel. Hydrogen has the ability to produce energy with no emissions other than water. Due to its easy manufacturing process, hydrogen provides the perfect antidote to the pollution heavy, finite fossil fuels upon which we currently rely. Easily manufactured and not producing harmful emissions makes it especially attractive when energy production is required in a city location or in rural areas beyond the reach of the utility network.
Whilst it may appear to be the proverbial “wonder fuel” it does however have some attributes which may make it less favourable – but do they really constitute a significant barrier to adoption?
What are the challenges that hydrogen faces?
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