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THE

WHAT, HOW and WHY
OF HYDROGEN FUEL

THE WHAT

FUEL. PURE AND SIMPLE.
One of our most promising fuel sources is lighter than air and incredibly pure. When used in a fuel cell, it is highly efficient and leaves no carbon-emissions behind. And best of all, it’s virtually everywhere.
IT’S THE MOST ABUNDANT ELEMENT IN THE UNIVERSE
It's found in:
  • WATER
  • PLANTS
  • MANURE
But hydrogen binds to almost anything.
So before it can be used, it must be

THE HOW

THERE ARE A LOT OF WAYS TO PRODUCE HYDROGEN
Using a variety of process technologies available today, hydrogen can be separated by:
  • STEAM REFORMING
  • GASIFICATION
  • ELECTROLYSIS
Steam reforming of methane is the most common method of hydrogen production today. It combines methane with high-temperature steam to trigger a reaction and separate the hydrogen. And while most methane today comes from natural gas, we are continually looking to process methane from renewable sources like landfills and waste treatment facilities.
Gasification is a process in which organic materials, like crops and livestock waste, are converted into hydrogen. The organic materials are placed under high temperatures, which triggers a reaction that separates the hydrogen.
Hydrogen can also be produced by separating water into its two primary elements—hydrogen (H2) and oxygen (O2). This process, known as electrolysis, passes an electrical current through the water to extract hydrogen. The electricity can be sourced from clean, renewable energy such as wind, solar, or hydro.

THE WHY

Powerful enough for buildings.
Ready to fuel an industry.
After twenty years of developing our fuel cell technology, we’ve created an efficient and clean way to power the automotive future. But the hydrogen fuel cell isn’t anything new. It’s a tried and tested technology that’s powered its way through history. It’s been used in:

Generators

The first fuel cell generator was developed in 1939 by Francis Thomas Bacon, producing 5 kW of power.

Forklifts

Machinery company Allis-Chalmers built the first fuel cell forklift in 1960.

Submarines

The German Navy used fuel cell technology to power their U31 submarine, launched in 2002.

Spacecrafts

NASA equipped their crafts with fuel cells in the late 50s and early 60s for onboard electronics and water.

ALTERNATIVE FUEL

FUELING THE TRAILBLAZERS
The next generation of environmentally conscious motorists demands newer, cleaner forms of transportation. Recognizing hydrogen’s potential to answer that demand, we are producing fuel cell vehicles alongside our other alternative fuel vehicles to power a better future.
HYBRID
FUEL CELL
BATTERY

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