Imagining the Hydrogen Future of 2050
Interdisciplinary Environmental Review
The current work is based on several researchers' analyses of world energy requirements in 2050. The work seeks to illustrate the role of hydrogen technologies in meeting future requirements. Forecasts of developments in fuel cells and hydrogen storage technologies are given along with calculations of how technological improvements may lead to an environmentally cleaner and conscientious society. The current study is based on analyses of aspects of the hydrogen and alternative energy technology literature and calculations that are available through open sources. Technological advancements and projected population increases are analysed, and compared to determine to what extent world energy needs may be met. The possibilities of using hydrogen directly to meet a fraction of the world energy needs are briefly analyzed, along with a review of transportation possibilities and the possible effects on the environment. The costs of electrolysis using electricity from photovoltaic sources are also reviewed.
Ferro, Patrick D.; Wentz, Hannah; Oyen, Samuel; Viger, Mark; Ngan, Christine; Frager, Chris; Mulvaney, Kyle; Lira, Susana; and Rawson, Mark, "Imagining the Hydrogen Future of 2050" (2015). Mechanical Engineering Faculty Scholarship. 2.