Hydrogen gas is not used as a fuel. Comment on the statement.

Asked by  | 2nd Sep, 2010, 10:34: AM

Expert Answer:

More energy is needed to isolate hydrogen from natural compounds than can ever be recovered from its use.
The large amount of energy required to isolate hydrogen from natural compounds (water, natural gas, biomass), package the light gas by compression or liquefaction, transfer the energy carrier to the user, plus the energy lost when it is converted to useful electricity with fuel cells, leaves around 25% for practical use — an unacceptable value to run an economy in a sustainable future. Only niche applications like submarines and spacecraft might use hydrogen.

Answered by  | 3rd Sep, 2010, 10:00: PM

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