Tomorrow's Energy

Tomorrow's Energy

Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and the Prospects for A Cleaner Planet

eBook - 2014
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How hydrogen--nonpolluting and easy to produce--could become the fuel of the future.

Hydrogen is the quintessential eco-fuel. This invisible, tasteless gas is the most abundant element in the universe. It is the basic building block and fuel of stars and an essential raw material in innumerable biological and chemical processes. As a completely nonpolluting fuel, it may hold the answer to growing environmental concerns about atmospheric accumulation of carbon dioxide and the resultant Greenhouse Effect. In this book Peter Hoffmann describes current research toward a hydrogen-based economy. He presents the history of hydrogen energy and discusses the environmental dangers of continued dependence on fossil fuels. Hydrogen is not an energy source but a carrier that, like electricity, must be manufactured. Today hydrogen is manufactured by "decarbonizing" fossil fuels. In the future it will be derived from water and solar energy and perhaps from "cleaner" versions of nuclear energy. Because it can be made by a variety of methods, Hoffmann argues, it can be easily adapted by different countries and economies. Hoffmann acknowledges the social, political, and economic difficulties in replacing current energy systems with an entirely new one. Although the process of converting to a hydrogen-based economy would be complex, he demonstrates that the environmental and health benefits would far outweigh the costs.

Publisher: Cambridge : MIT Press, 2014
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780262275514
9780262082952
Branch Call Number: Electronic book
Characteristics: 1 online resource (316 pages)
Additional Contributors: Harkin, Tom
ProQuest (Firm)

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