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As the war on oil rages on, scientists worldwide have been researching alternative, accessible and cleaner fuel sources.  On the rise is the research behind the process in producing hydrogen fuel from water.

Researchers at Glasgow University have been working on a process that they say is “fast, clean and cheap.” Claiming that their process is thirty times faster than the current method, it can store the hydrogen energy from the sun and wind in the form of a carbon-free liquid. The hydrogen is produced through the electrolysis of water which is a process that breaks down water into the two elements it is made up of; i.e. two hydrogen atoms and a single oxygen atom. This process does not create carbon emissions, making it a very clean energy. “A fuel cell converts hydrogen and oxygen into ‘clean’ electricity with only water and heat as a by-product.”


Energy from water – sounds simple, clean, and abundant. Think this idea is far in the future? Think again – it is already here.


In an article recently published in The Globe and Mail, it was reported that the UK government “is backing hydrogen as part of a portfolio of low-emission technologies.” It went on to say that Honda opened a solar-powered hydrogen production and filling station facility in Swindon located in South West England.


It is the first of its kind to produce commercial quantities of renewable hydrogen at the point of use. Up until now, hydrogen had to be shipped to the site. By producing hydrogen at the site by way of using electricity produced by a solar farm nearby, Honda has eliminated the delivery costs therefore on-going running costs are much lower.


The hydrogen produced from this facility can be dispensed directly into cell vehicles – and Honda is ready with the FCX Clarity.  With this new, clean energy soon more readily available, we may stop worrying so much about gas prices – actually, energy from water may just have us singing in the rain!


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Source: the Globe and Mail

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