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Hydrogen is good because when used to produce power it doesn't produce any harmful byproducts. It is also the most plentiful element on our planet. If we use wind or solar power to produce hydrogen from sea water, we could easily run just about anything with fuel cells or by directly burning hydrogen.
How does this focus on the CA H2 Net impact other advanced vehicle technology options?
The CA H2 Net, like programs associated with other technologies, will not exclude other beneficial technologies, but rather will work with them, and likely contribute to their advancement as well. Technologies such as battery electric, plug-in hybrids, compressed natural gas (CNG), and others can contribute significantly to meeting our state's goals, along with hydrogen. Fuel cell vehicles ARE electric vehicles, and many ARE hybrid electric vehicles.There are about 1300 natural gas fueling facilities in the US, but that doesnt mean natural gas is available on every corner.
What California companies are working on development and marketing of hydrogen and fuel cells?
The California Air Resources Board has compiled the "California Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Guide" - a listing of "companies and organizations working to facilitate the development and deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in the State of California." To view the guide online, click here.Fuel cell cars should be plug-in hybrids so that the fuel cell is used only for extended range, and the fuel cell stack and hydrogen storage can be smaller.
What are the environmental benefits of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles?
Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are quiet, zero-emission vehicles. The only thing coming out of the tailpipe is water vapor. There are no particulates, no carbon dioxide and no smog-forming nitrogen oxides, which means cleaner air and a healthier environment.Electrolysis does not require significant amounts of water. The hydrogen extracted from a gallon of water using a hydrogen generator could drive a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle as far as gasoline vehicles travel today on a gallon of gasoline.
Doesn't it take energy to make hydrogen? Is it worth doing?
Like all fuels, it takes energy to produce hydrogen and deliver it to a vehicle. The amount of energy required depends on how the hydrogen is madesome methods require more energy than others. While it may take more energy to produce and deliver hydrogen than it takes to produce and deliver gasoline or natural gas, the hydrogen fuel is used more efficiently in the fuel cell vehicle.Generally speaking, fuel cells use molecular hydrogen as their fuel and oxygen from the air to produce electricity.
Because hydrogen is always bound up with something else, it always takes energy to bust it loose. Because of this hydrogen is not a good fuel. It can be thought of as a storage medium for energy. Using solar or wind power to bust hydrogen loose from water can be looked at as "storing" the energy from the sun or wind "in" the hydrogen. Then we can ship the hydrogen around. Its almost as if the hydrogen is a battery we are using to store up energy to be used later.

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