Busting hydrogen myths: Storage


The race is on to find the next generation transportation fuel source, and there are several contenders trying to make the grade. One of the leading candidates to power tomorrow’s vehicles is hydrogen, a non-toxic alternative to the common fossil fuels currently used to move cars, trucks, buses, airplanes, ships, and more from point A to point B. But hydrogen is not universally hailed as the future, and many opponents criticise the fuel based on persistent misperceptions about the gas itself.

Over the course of four articles, we will examine in depth and debunk four of the most common myths surrounding the use of hydrogen. This first instalment of the series addresses the question of whether hydrogen is more hazardous to store and use than other fuel sources commonly used today. The short answer is no.

Why hydrogen is no more hazardous than other fuel sources

Not only does hydrogen pose fewer hazards than more traditional fossil fuels, but it also has the benefits of being nontoxic and having lower volatility than many other potential fuel sources. In addition, there are safety procedures and protocols involved at every step of the design process for hydrogen fuel systems that allow for greater confidence in how hydrogen is compressed, transported, dispensed, and used.

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