Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe consisting of a single proton and electron. It is literally everywhere
and is also colorless, odorless, tasteless and non-toxic at room temperature and pressure. When hydrogen and oxygen are combined
in the presence of a catalyst (usually platinum), they produce electricity. With mankind looking to wean itself
off the limited fossil fuel resources, alternative energy technologies like Hydrogen present great possibilities as a
fuel. Hydrogen has several current uses within our industries. It is used in the Haber process for the production of ammonia,
the production of methanol, the hydrogenation of fats and oils, in the manufacture of hydrochloric acid. Isotopes of Hydrogen
including Deuterium and Tritium also have nuclear applications. Finally, hydrogen is also used as a fuel - not only in rockets
but also for regular vehicles and in stand alone applications, using fuel cells.
Several key areas could figure highly in the future Hydrogen economy. High technology design, manufacture, installation, service, systems operation and hydrogen trading do not exist today - but these fields and the jobs associated with them will be prevalent in the future. Hydrogen distribution would be key if it is used as a fuel. Companies building infrastructure and storage devices are sure to prosper. Research into the use of rare earth for hydrogen generation could lead to a brand new focus in the mining industry. Fuel cells produce electricity by combining hydrogen and oxygen and look to be a key component of the future. The automotive industry is pouring billions of dollars in future cars that would combine technology with hydrogen powered fuel-cells. The power generation and space exploration industries also have interests in using hydrogen and fuel cells for electricity. They are sure to build on the hydrogen economy with several related applications like fuel cell stacks, power plants, portable generators, flow plates and system integration.
This site focuses on some of the up and coming Hydrogen technologies and the companies that may benefit in the future. Please select a topic from the top menu to learn more about the future in Hydrogen trade with profiles of several key technologies and some of the companies that figure to make a difference.
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