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Hydrogen Fuel

Where it is Found

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Water isn't just for drinking!

Right now there is a handful of useful methods used to extract hydrogen from water. A few such as: Renewable Electrolysis and Solar Thermal Water Splitting will be available in the near future and we shall discuss both of these processes. It should also be noted that electrolysis is the process of splitting compounds by passing an electric current through them.
 
Renewable Electrolysis
We can use renewable energy sources such as wind, hydro and geothermal to provide sustainable energy for everyone. The usefulness of these resources will depend on the seasonal conditions. A strong solution would be the electrolysis of water and we could use the hydrogen produced in order to power ours homes when there is low energy production or we could even use it to fuel our vehicles.
 
Solar Thermal Water Splitting

Researchers have proven that it is possible to use sunlight to split methane into hydrogen and carbon. When you concentrate solar energy temperatures of 2,000 degrees can be reached which can be used to produce hydrogen. High reaction rates at these temperatures tend to significantly increase the production rates and compensate for lack of consistency of solar power.

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This is the all important water molecule.