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Hydrogen

Hydrogen is an appealing energy carrier because it is amenable to use in fuel cells (which have higher theoretical energy conversion efficiency than traditional combustion devices) and because even as a combustion fuel, it produces no carbon dioxide emissions. However, hydrogen must be produced from other energy feedstocks, distributed and consumed efficiently and safely.

Today, hydrogen is an important industrial chemical. It is used as a feedstock in several well-established industries and therefore a limited production, distribution and usage network already exists. Furthermore, prototype hydrogen-fueled automobiles are already on the road. These cars and other distributed power modules make significantly lower emissions at the point of use when fueled with hydrogen.

Hydrogen production, distribution, and usage technology must improve in both scale and efficiency for hydrogen to become a primary energy carrier. Production linked to renewable feedstocks or to carbon-sequestered fossil feedstocks will decrease hydrogen's impact on global climate. Hydrogen's unique properties will dictate the design of more efficient conversion and distribution technologies.

Investigators in Hydrogen
Completed Activities
Past Events

GCEP Energy Workshop
April 26, 2004
Carbon-Free Production of Hydrogen from Fossil Fuels
> Selected Presentations

GCEP Hydrogen Workshop
April 14-15, 2003
> Selected Presentations