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Scientists want Hydrogen power storage systems to replace traditional batteries

Scientists have managed to garner support from huge players in the Energy sector, to build hydrogen power storage facilities, to replace the traditional Lithium batteries, super capacitors and pumped hydro energy storage methods. This is not the first time Hydrogen has become a subject of discussion in the energy domain. For some time now Hydrogen has been used to generate electricity from fuel cells.

Normally, hydrogen is used in a chemical reaction that happens in fuel cells, which in turn generates electricity. But when it comes to power storage, most of the funding and research has been pumped into traditional power storage mechanisms, particularly Lithium batteries. Nevertheless, despite their wide application in mobile phones, laptops, and vehicles, Lithium batteries have one big setback.  They discharge fast and can only hold a limited amount of energy.

When it comes to bulk energy storage, the only real solution that the world has had in ages is dammed power storage. This is usually where, water is pumped up a reservoir and whenever the stored energy is needed, the water is let loose through a series of outlets that are fitted with power generating turbines. This method is totally sustainable but it requires huge tracts of land and expensive machinery for it to work.

On the contrary, Hydrogen storage has been proved to be a good way to get the world running on 99.99% green energy. According to Bloomberg, a research conducted by The Hydrogen Council has suggested that green energy from wind fields could be used to electrolyze water so as to split hydrogen from oxygen and generate hydrogen gas in bulk. The gas could then be used in the normal fuel cells to generate electricity.

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The council has since argued that hydrogen is definitely the most available element on earth since it’s readily available in water. If then the world could embrace the generation of energy from hydrogen and storage of energy in the same form, (hydrogen) then we would probably achieve a green world.

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Peter Mukaka