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© 2014 by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. The current interest in hydrogen as a sustainable fuel is related to strategic and environmental concerns. The former includes security of supply with the increasing worldwide demand for energy, concerns that world oil production is close to reaching a peak, and the long-term availability of oil supplies. The latter is related to the need for more environmentally friendly alternative fuel due to pollution from fossil fuel combustion leading to poor air quality and global warming due to carbon dioxide emissions. There are major scientific and engineering challenges, which need to be overcome before the development of a hydrogen-based economy and widespread use of hydrogen as an alternative fuel to oil can be achieved. The storage of hydrogen for use in vehicles is perhaps the most difficult problem to overcome. Handling and storage technologies for hydrogen in an industrial situation, where safety issues can be closely controlled, are well established. However, the use of hydrogen for onboard transport applications involving the general public is much more difficult because of safety, scientific, engineering, and economic constraints.
Author(s): Thomas KM
Publication type: Book Chapter
Publication status: Published
Book Title: Handbook of Hydrogen Energy
Print publication date: 29/07/2014
Acceptance date: 01/01/1900
Publisher: CRC Press
Place Published: Boca Raton
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