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How Hydrogen Is and Isn’t the Future of Energy

Andreas Kluth on Bloomberg News highlights the pros and cons of hydrogen as a source of clean energy.

The C3 Take
  • Hydrogen emits zero emissions, but a lot of energy is required to split the hydrogen atom to produce pure hydrogen (from water).
  • In its current form, hydrogen-fueled vehicles are half as efficient as electric vehicles.

“The long-term solution to slow global warming is therefore to electrify everything, as long as that electricity comes from renewable sources. Aye, there’s the rub. We simply can’t run everything on electricity. And we won’t ever have sun and wind amply and reliably enough to keep the lights on all the time and everywhere. So here at last is the killer app for hydrogen. It could be the fuel that picks up the slack whenever the clean power grids of the future can’t keep up.”

Read the full article here.

The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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