Hydrogen: why do we need it?

Hydrogen: why do we need it?

Turn on the TV, the radio or just go online these days and all that you will hear or see is about coronavirus and with good reason of course. But before the world went into lockdown, all we heard about was Climate Change, the “Greta Generation”, Extinction Rebellion and how we must all produce fewer emissions to cut our carbon production.

Also, air pollution is a global concern and a serious worry to longer-term public health, second only to the immediate nature of Covid-19. In industrialised and developing countries, the emissions from vehicles are the biggest contributor to the poor air quality in cities and towns, look how much the air quality has improved since transport, industry, and flying have been reduced by the current pandemic. Looking back to the end of 2018, China had already overtaken the US to become the world’s largest producer of CO2 emissions with energy production the biggest industry polluter of them all. Is it any wonder that we are striving to find alternative green energy for our future and if fossil fuels are the biggest polluter surely, it’s a good thing that they are in finite supply?

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