Title

Overview of Current Hydrogen Research

Document Type

Article

Abstract

The need for a nonpolluting source of energy is becoming evident in industrialized as well as Third World countries. Problems with urban pollution and their potential harmful effects are a recognized fact in modern society. The situation in several major cities in the United States, including Los Angeles and New York, has warranted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue a "noncompliance" status to these two cities as far as pollutants from particulates is concerned. Las Vegas, which is now one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, is almost at the brink of being endowed with that dubious honor, if the city council in conjunction with the EPA do not mandate some near-term solutions to this problem. This status is not just ink on paper, as this will mean some drastic changes in lifestyle that would have to be accommodated in the near future. The problem of course is worldwide; China and India are a close second to Las Vegas, and are suffering the woes of rapid expansion as Third World countries. Topping this reality is the fact that the availability of fossil fuel and its reserves in the world is projected to be exhausted in the next one hundred years at today's rate of consumption. Even if this fact is not completely true, the cost of producing fossil fuels is expected to increase rapidly as the cost to reach the sources of this fuel, due to its relative inaccessibility, will be higher.

Disciplines

Engineering | Mechanical Engineering | Oil, Gas, and Energy | Sustainability

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