Monday, September 22, 2008

The Future of Hydrogen Is Now

by Jeffrey A Serfass, President, National Hydrogen Association

One of the questions people often ask the hydrogen industry is, "When will hydrogen be ready? How long before it's actually used?" The simple answer is: right now.
The real surprise for most is learning how many different ways hydrogen is being used already for everyday applications and how linked hydrogen technologies are with the deployment of traditional renewable technologies.

Most people think of hydrogen as an alternative fuel for passenger cars. That's true, but it's only part of the picture. Adding hydrogen to the variety of clean car technologies in development today is hugely important and something that is developing steadily. (In fact, hydrogen vehicles from nine car companies recently completed a cross-country tour.) At the same time, other products using hydrogen are being sold today for uses that most folks don't know about. Some well-known names, like FedEx, Wall-Mart, Sprint, Orlando and Vancouver International Airports and others are among those who have begun to introduce hydrogen technologies to their operations. You can read about many of these real-world applications by clicking here.
In the meantime, here's a quick overview of just some of the industries and technologies in which hydrogen is being put to use today, in ways other than passenger cars, and a reminder of how hydrogen technologies are an enabler for wider deployment of renewables.


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