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Frost & Sullivan: Hydrogen Unlikely to be 21st Century's Chief Alternative Energy Source

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Frost & Sullivan: Hydrogen Unlikely to beFrost & Sullivan: Hydrogen Unlikely to be 21st Century's Chief Alternative Energy Source PR Newswire MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, April 1, 2014 -- Storage problems and poor energy conversion efficiency of hydrogen make it a weak option for an energy source Countries across the globe are desperately looking for alternate sources of power that are dense enough to accommodate consumption needs, while preserving the global ecosystem. Amongst the contenders for mainstream alternative energy production is hydrogen – an energy carrier which increasingly appears to be an unlikely candidate. "The process to extract hydrogen from water – electrolysis – is a net-loss equation that consumes more energy than the hydrogen it extracts can generate," said Frost & Sullivan Energy & Environmental Research Analyst Pramod Dibble. "It is very difficult to store hydrogen, as it leaks out from almost any containment vessel. Although compressed hydrogen leaks much less than at atmospheric pressure, the act of compression requires about 2 percent of the useable energy in the hydrogen, which is already less by volume than fossil fuel sources." For complimentary access to more information on this research, please visit: http://bit.ly/1kk70QY. The low energy conversion efficiency also weakens the case for hydrogen as a commercial fuel.

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Frost & Sullivan: Hydrogen Unlikely to be 21st Century's Chief Alternative Energy Source

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-- Storage problems and poor energy conversion efficiency of hydrogen make it a weak option for an energy source

Countries across the globe are desperately looking for alternate sources of power that are dense enough to accommodate consumption needs, while preserving the global ecosystem. Amongst the contenders for mainstream alternative energy production is hydrogen – an energy carrier which increasingly appears to be an unlikely candidate.