Many might associate Hydrogen to terrible weapons of destruction, such as the H bomb, not the hydrogen power of zero toxic emissions. However, that perception is changing bit-by-bit, as it is in fact, one of the most promising alternative power sources.
In this article we provide an in-depth look into the potential of this green and clean energy option. With growing concerns over the environment and climate change, culminating in the Paris Accord (2015) which set carbon dioxide emissions targets for most global nations. Most countries around the world have been developing eco-friendly energy. And many researchers have pointed to hydrogen energy being the most likely big energy source.
For hydrogen to become popular we all need to start to adopt a new fuel-cell technology. In short, “the hydrogen fuel cell”, is BIG thing which experts see on the horizon, for hydrogen’s popularity to take-off!
The concept of the hydrogen fuel cell is that it releases the energy produced during the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen, and converts it into electricity. Plus, there are no moving parts in a hydrogen fuel cell to wear out.
With only pure-water as a by-product from hydrogen fuel cells, it is a clean technology virtually free from polluting side-effects. This makes it a much desired eco-friendly fuel.
Hydrogen Power Developments in South Korea
Hydrogen is made by splitting water or natural gas with an electrical current or by applying heat. Seeing the possibilities of hydrogen power, many firms and countries have been investing in the development of this new energy source, including Korean automaker, Hyundai Motor.
Producing the world’s first ever hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle back in 2013, Hyundai Motor brought the nation’s attention to this new energy, and has been developing the technology ever since.
“In Yeouido’s Hangang park, is a showcase of the houses of the future. Houses that are all powered by hydrogen energy.”
Everything in this house from the TV, to the food blender runs on hydrogen energy from Hyundai Motor’s latest hydrogen fuel-cell, and its byproduct is used as tap water.
These hydrogen fuel-cell cars can produce around 10 kilowatts of electricity per hour, which is enough for a family of four to use for 9 days.
Hydrogen Power is a Great Fuel Source for Transport Vehicles Including Cars
The hydrogen car also lets out clean air, by filtering the fine dust in the air to get oxygen.
From explaining how hydrogen fuel-cells work and power vehicles, to showing future plans of the city, the hydrogen show-home seeks to share its vision of a clean-energy society with the public.
“The world is fast-developing with different uses of hydrogen energy, parts of Japan already live in hydrogen powered homes. But many Koreans are still unfamiliar with this relatively new energy, and we hope to boost their interest and knowledge in this.”
The S Korean government is also promoting hydrogen energy. The Moon administration announced that it plans to increase the number of hydrogen fuel-cell cars in the country to 15-thousand by 2022, and the number of hydrogen chargers to more than 300 nationwide. Recently, a Hyundai District in Korea’s southern port city of Busan established a fuel cell power plant which provides electricity for approximately 14-percent of the district’s 430-thousand residents. Other cities in Korea, including Seoul, and Gwangju have also followed suit, and announced their plans to build hydrogen power plants.
But Korea still lags behind leading countries in the industry. Aiming to realise its “hydrogen society” by 2020, Japan already has a road-map up until 2040, even setting future price targets for household fuel cells.
Tokyo also seeks to boost fuel cell cars from almost 400 in 2016 to 40-thousand by 2020 and fuel cell chargers from 80 locations to 160. Experts say the Korean government must play a more active role to keep up with the competition.
“Despite the lead in the industry, Hyundai Motor’s hydrogen fuel-cell car was not as widely popularised as those in Japan, due to lack of government support such as hydrogen charging stations. The Korean government should provide a more concrete road-map and ease regulations for hydrogen cars to increase usage of hydrogen energy.”
At the same time, some experts say there needs to be more effort to help people understand the benefits and safety of hydrogen energy.
“Many tend to wonder if the hydrogen energy is related to North Korea’s hydrogen bomb, and are concerned about its safety. But hydrogen used in vehicles and daily lives is stored in high pressure tanks that are much harder and safer than other gas tanks.”
While the zero-emission gas of hydrogen power is growing as a future energy source, experts say that a more efficient way of producing hydrogen is needed to provide the world with abundant supply necessary for a hydrogen society. Lee Ji-won, Arirang News. As found on Youtube