A New Method of Hydrogen Generation Uses Ocean Water | doGood

The goal of the automobile industry is to create a zero-emission driving experience by eventually transitioning to hydrogen fuel. There’s only one problem with that effort: most of the fuel comes from natural gas today.

Electrodes in water can split hydrogen atoms from oxygen ones to give you a pure fuel source. This expensive process relied on freshwater in the past, but scientists can now use ocean water to create this resource.

The potential for this new technology is enormous. A ship transporting goods across the ocean could make its own fuel from the seawater. It means we could drive anywhere without worrying about what comes out of our tailpipes.

Why Choose Hydrogen Fuel for Transportation Needs?

Hydrogen fuel cells store more energy than a lithium-ion battery. Taking fuel from the water also helps us to avoid the environmental challenges that today’s fuel sources create.

Using hydrogen means we have access to a device with a higher energy density level. You can drive a long distance with a better fuel economy. It provides an opportunity to generate power to heavier loads.

Hydrogen fuel sources are still in their infancy for developmental purposes. If we are going to transform our economy to use this option, then we have several infrastructure and engineering needs to solve. Donating to charitable causes that support this development can encourage this process.

The benefits are clear. Our ocean could be one of the greatest sources of fuel for our future society. That means we could reduce or eliminate the need for fossil fuels.

 

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