Hydrogen (H2) will play an important role in developing sustainable transportation in the United States, because in the future it may be produced in virtually unlimited quantities using renewable resources. Hydrogen has been used effectively in a number of internal combustion engine vehicles as pure hydrogen mixed with natural gas. In addition, hydrogen is used in a growing number of demonstration fuel cell vehicles.
Fuel cell vehicles use electricity produced from an electrochemical reaction that takes place when hydrogen and oxygen are combined in the fuel cell “stack.” The production of electricity using fuel cells takes place without combustion or pollution and leaves only two byproducts, heat and water.
Hydrogen Basics – Learn the basics about hydrogen as a fuel from the Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuel Data Center.
Fuel Cell Fact Sheet – For an overview of how fuel cells work, download this Department of Energy document.
Hydrogen Production Fact Sheet – For an overview of hydrogen production, download this Department of Energy document.