Both Toyota and Hyundai have announced they will begin selling hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCEV) in the United States in 2015, but a question frequently arises, how will hydrogen fuel be produced and where will fueling stations be located? The question is further complicated by the fact that there are existing methods of extracting hydrogen from other materials, such as from natural gas (reforming), and a plethora of emerging technologies, including electrolysis — breaking down the bonds between hydrogen and oxygen atoms in water — a process that consumes more energy than the resulting hydrogen fuel produces. But there are also numerous emerging technologies based on catalysts working in various types of liquid. This article offers a round-up of these new tracks to more efficient H2 production.
Tracks to H2 Production
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