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HYDROGEN BASED ECONOMY: A FORMIDABLE COMPETITOR TO THE ELECTRONIC REVOLUTION

Hydrogen Based Economy and Electric Revolution have emerged as potential ways to reduce carbon emissions. While electric vehicles are regarded as a popular alternative to combustion engines, fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are also a great viable solution to achieve clean energy goals. In an FCEV, hydrogen is combined with oxygen to produce electricity with only water as its by-product. Hydrogen can be easily produced through natural gas reforming and electrolysis. It can be stored and used as per requirement. It can be pumped into vehicles using the existing system of petrol stations. Though, FCEVs have a few disadvantages of its own, such as high prices and lack of infrastructure, the limitations of the electric vehicles like heavy batteries, long recharging time, short driving range, use of rare metals such as lithium and cobalt in batteries, huge investment in recharging infrastructure, etc., give an upper hand to FCEVs.


Hydrogen revolution is at its infancy stage, whereas, electronic vehicles have a prevalent position in the market. Parameters such as government support, promotion by automakers, innovation, cost, efficiency, and the potential to fulfil the sustainability criteria would eventually determine which technology is here to stay and shape our lifestyle


BY:

Jasnoor Kaur

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