The danger of hydrogen gas

As we all now, hydrogen is the simplest element on earth. The gas  has a lot of energy.
Hydrogen burns clean, unlike most other fuels that emit carbon when on fire, like gasoline and diesel.
This makes it a very useful source of energy but off course this also has a disadvantage:
When you do not take extreme precautions when handling the gas, it can be very dangerous to use it.
This is also shown by fact that the H-bomb is one of the most devastating weapons created by man.
This leads to fears about using hydrogen in our daily lives.

In our thesis we do not have these problems with the hydrogen gas because it is not stored but made on the moment itself.
Off course we make sure everything is connected correctly and that there are no leaks possible.

What do you think of the dangers of hydrogen gas?



  1. visualrecognition
    26/03/2013 at 12:58

    I think hydrogen gas is dangerous, like any other explosive substance. It should be handled with care, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be used. If enough precautions are taken, I think it is a good solution to the energy problem.

  2. 02/04/2013 at 08:29

    I totally agree with that. Since an explosion of an amount of hydrogen gas needs oxygen and some activation energy I think there are good ways to protect the environment and to handle the hydrogen with care. But in fact, is this activation energy low enough that it is possible to be completely safe?

    • 02/04/2013 at 08:41

      That is indeed a questions we have to ask ourselfs. When you use a hydrogen tank in a car for example, it is perfectly possible to ensure the complete safe working.
      The problem that can happen is when you crash the car. Because every accident is different it is very difficult to make sure the hydrogen gas is kept safe at all times.
      Off course you could also say that gasoline also has this risks since it is also flammable but I believe extreme precautions have to be made with flammable gasses.

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