Hydrogen as an Energy Carrier

From The Centre for Industry Education Collaboration (CIEC), these activities look at hydrogen, its preparation by electrolysis and its potential as a transportable fuel. In the activities, students: * Study the properties of hydrogen in order to evaluate it and identify the technological problems that must be overcome to enable its use as a fuel * Prepare hydrogen by the electrolysis of water and, by considering the reversibility of the process, investigate the potential of hydrogen gas to replace electricity as an energy carrier * Consider the strengths and limitations of a solar-hydrogen energy economy In doing so, students are encouraged to gain a greater understanding of the: * combustion of fuels and combustion products * properties of hydrogen * electrolysis of water and the relevance of electrolysis * energy from renewable sources * use of fuel cells

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