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Alternative Fuels: The Future of Hydrogen by Michael Frank Hordeski

By Michael Frank Hordeski

Spiraling oil costs, hovering international call for, long term oil offer concerns, and extending issues over the weather influence of carbon emissions all are elements contributing to speedily starting to be aid and severe efforts towards the advance of a hydrogen-based economic system. This publication will tackle a few of the components affecting present and rising strength use offerings, together with the provision and desirability of varied fuels - and specifically, hydrogen. subject matters comprise power coverage, gas offer tendencies, information and projections, oil reserves, substitute situations, power usage, sustainable strength, expense research, gas escalation, strength and improvement, regulatory matters, obstacles to implementation, conversion structures, garage structures, thermodynamic potency, gasoline chain potency, life-cycle potency, know-how matters, extracting, refining, air emission matters, security, typical fuel, hydrogen fuel, methanol, ethanol, steam reforming, and gasoline cells.

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Nuclear reactors operate at very high temperatures. To prevent their six to eight inch thick steel reactor vessels from melting, large amounts of cooling water are continuously circulated in and around the reactor vessel. An average commercial-sized reactor requires about 350,000 gallons of water per minute. During the process of nuclear fission, the center of the uranium fuel pellets in the fuel rods can reach 5,000°F. The cooling water keeps the surface temperature of the pellets down to about 600°.

Coal and natural gas come closer to true primary energy sources since they can be burned directly with little or no refining, but energy is still needed to extract these resources and deliver them where the energy is needed. Even when extensive drilling for oil is not required from shallow wells or pools, energy must still be used for pumping and refining. Many environmental problems can result from finding, transporting and burning fossil fuels. But, when hydrogen is used as a fuel, its byproduct is essentially water vapor.

The solid and semi-solid hydrocarbons form the residues of the distillation. Since petroleum is a mixture, its physical properties vary considerably, depending upon the type and proportions of the hydrocarbons and impurities present. These physical properties include the density, viscosity, optical activity, refractive index, color, fluorescence, odor, pour- and cold-points, flash- and burning-points, coefficient of expansion, surface and interfacial tension, capillarity and absorption. An important property is the density.

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