Hydrogen Energy is the Next Giant in Alternative Energy
Hydrogen economy is an alternative source of fuel and energy that does not damage the environment. Fossil fuels which is the fuel used by many countries is damaging the earth and has to be switched to a better alternative, such as the hydrogen economy. Although it is not used in many places it can substitute fossil fuels and give recyclable substances back to the society that uses them. This alternative economy helps stop the destruction and does no harm to the surrounding environments. With this change it would be easy to make hydrogen because all you need is water and electricity.
Hydrogen Economy is a safe and efficient alternative source of energy that we can use instead of our traditional fossil fuel economy. A Fossil fuel economy is the economy most countries in the world are tied down too. The fuel for this economy is petroleum, which consist of gasoline and diesel products. As we all know petroleum is harmful to our environment because it creates three huge problems. The first problem is air pollution; this is a problem because vehicles cannot break the gasoline into pure recyclable substances so it leaves some toxics. The most common harmful substances that it produces are:
1 Carbon monoxide- a poisonous gas
2 Nitrogen oxides- main source of urban smoke
3 Unburned hydrocarbons- cause urban ozone
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Figure 1: Oil recovery crew cleaning up an oil spill in Australia
(Marine Environment Protection, 1999)
The second problem is environmental pollution, this pollution occurs when transporting and storing the petroleum. The problems that can occur are oil spills, which occur very often, or a pipeline explosion while the oil is being stored. The third and final problem is Global warming which leads to the greenhouse effect that will change the temperature and climate of the world dramatically. Global warming is a real problem because for every gallon of gas a car burns it emits about five pounds of carbon into the atmosphere (Brain, 2006). Hydrogen is a far better alternative energy because it is not harmful to the atmosphere like the fossil fuel economy.
The switch of countries to the hydrogen economy is important because the fossil fuels are running out and soon there will be a petroleum drought. The hydrogen economy has its advantages; one is that it would keep earth clean for years to come. By using hydrogen instead of the fossil fuels pollution would
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decrease, and we would...