Car Runs on Home-Brew Hydrogen Answered
BBC News are running an item about a car running on home-produced hydrogen.
UK company ITM Power has produced a plastic film they claim is suitable for home electrolysis of water to produce hydrogen. The hydrogen (they say) can be used in the home, to be burned for cooking or heating, or to power a car (they are simply burning it, but it could supply a hydrogen fuel cell).
As we have mentioned elsewhere on this site, current sources of hydrogen are not "green" (95% of current H2 supplies are manufactured from fossil fuels), but ITM say that their system is green because you aren't stopping at a filling station, you're generating your own hydrogen from the energy resource of your choice (maybe your own solar cells or wind turbine).
Others, however, have questioned the wisdom of storing tanks of hydrogen at home.
Whatever the application, if this new material is all that they claim, it could be a major step towards a true hydrogen society.