Hydrogen, Electrochemical Water Splitting and Fossil Fuel Use : Hydrogen, Electrochemical Water Splitting and Fossil Fuel Use Prepared for: Ms Elizabeth Owens, Technical Communications Instructor Prepared by: Timothy Wolfe June 4 2011 What is Hydrogen?: What is Hydrogen? hy·dro·gen – noun; a colorless, odorless, flammable gas that combines chemically with oxygen to form water: the lightest of the known elements. makes up about 75% of the Universe’s chemical elemental mass, although naturally occurring hydrogen is somewhat rare on earth. In Greek, hydrogen means “water former”, because when it is burned it produces water. is colorless, odorless, tasteless and very combustible non-corrosive, not radioactive, non-toxic, non-polluting and does not create health risks How can Hydrogen be Created?: How can Hydrogen be Created? Hydrogen can be created through electrolysis . The energy used to perform electrolysis can come from many different renewable resources such as Biomass Solar Power Wind Water Geothermal Heat Hydrogen Instead of Fossil Fuels?: Hydrogen Instead of Fossil Fuels? Many companies have already taken steps to implement the use of hydrogen. BMW- The company’s material handling equipment has their batteries replaced with hydrogen fuel cells. This saves time in refueling and money by reducing its total electricity demand, since there is not a need to recharge the batteries. Shell- Created hydrogen fueling stations to provide hydrogen to such powered vehicles. Honda- Developed the FCX Clarity that functions on hydrogen. Happy Planet!: Happy Planet! Hydrogen research has a long way to go. Hydrogen is the best option that is cost efficient and eco-friendly. Hydrogen will never run out, is the perfect energy carrier and can be produced without emissions using our own natural resources. Hopefully by the year 2030 hydrogen will have completely taken over the need to use fossil fuels as a way to power society.