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Advances in Hydrogen Research

Hydrogen power is the ultimate environmentally friendly power source. Hydrogen is the most widely abundant element in the universe, and when used to produce electricity with fuel-cell technology, the only byproduct is water. Imagine driving a car on hydrogen and only leaving behind water, instead of the pollution from fossil fuels. The research and development of hydrogen as an energy source has finally picked up the pace with recent increases in private and government funding.

Widespread use of hydrogen power as an energy source is still probably not in our near future, though. There are many engineering and scientific breakthroughs that still need to come about. The biggest hurdle to mass production of hydrogen power for transportation, is the ability to store it safely within a vehicle. Hydrogen is not as dense as gas, so it needs to be compressed under extreme pressure or extremely cold temperatures to be able to store a practical amount of fuel for traveling. At least for now, gas is still much cheaper and safer to store and transport to power a vehicle.

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