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Is hydrogen the fuel of the future?

Is hydrogen the fuel of the future?

When people talk about a 'new' technology, they usually mean one that was invented in this century. Or the last one. Fuel cells, however, were first conceived in 1839 by Welsh scientist Sir William Robert Grove. At the time they did not produce nearly enough electricity to be considered useful, and, in the 179 years since, the technology has continually struggled to reach mainstream acceptance. However, a growing mass of research is pointing to fuel cells and other hydrogen-based energy technologies – which we will refer to as 'the Hydrogen economy' – as an important contributor to the ongoing push towards decarbonisation and pollution reduction.

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