VT Breakthrough in Hydrogen Fuel Production Could Revolutionize Alternative Energy Market
A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered a way to extract large quantities of hydrogen from any plant, a breakthrough that has the potential to bring a low-cost, environmentally friendly fuel source to the world. The U.S. Department of Energy says that hydrogen fuel has the potential to dramatically reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and automobile manufacturers are aggressively trying to develop vehicles that run on hydrogen fuel cells. Unlike gas-powered engines that spew out pollutants, the only byproduct of hydrogen fuel is water. Virginia Tech’s discovery opens the door to an inexpensive, renewable source of hydrogen that utilizes renewable natural resources, releases almost no greenhouse gasses, and does not require costly or heavy metals. Previous methods to produce hydrogen are expensive and create greenhouse gases.