What do you all think of first when someone mentions the word "hydrogen"? A lot of you will first think about the hydrogen bomb:
Others, like me, think of the gas, H2. It is the simplest molecule in the universe and I believe the most abundant. It consists of just two hydrogen atoms. Yes it is the simplest and lightest molecule that I know of, that is why when put in balloons, they rise up to the sky. So what happens when you burn hydrogen? You get water, nothing more, no bad byproducts, just water. Burning is the fast way to oxidize something. Oxidation is the addition of oxygen to another element or compound. Burning is fast and rusting is slow. Because burning hydrogen produces water, if the rate of burning can be controlled, it is the cleanest source of energy from combustion. This makes it a great fuel for internal combustion motors, like what is in you car or truck.
In fact, on this day back in 2002, Toyota delivered two hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles that were ready to be sold to the public. The problem is that our country has no provisions for refueling hydrogen powered vehicles. (Toyota calls them FCHVs, or Fuel-Cell Hydrogen Vehicles.) These cars do not burn hydrogen in their engines, they have electric engines that run off batteries that are recharged by hydrogen fuel cells.
I am an old guy who prefers the old ways and thus I still buy gasoline and diesel for my vehicles and lawn mowers and tractors. As long as the petroleum lasts, I will use it. So, what do you think? Never mind, just relax and have a great day, you hear?