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How Realistic is Hydrogen as the Next Big Energy Source?

How Realistic is Hydrogen as the Next Big Energy Source?

Each Tuesday of this month, Houston Matters is exploring efforts here in Greater Houston to pursue alternative forms of energy that might someday, in some way, dramatically reduce carbon emissions.

Last week, we discussed solar energy. In future weeks, we’ll explore wind and biofuels. Today, we talk about developments in harnessing hydrogen energy.

We welcome your questions for Mike Harold, Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Houston, about the potential, challenges and limitations of hydrogen as a fuel. We discuss the process of what’s known as water splitting, whether hydrogen-fueled cars are a realistic option to replace the traditional internal combustion engine, and why hydrogen is touted as an alternative when it’s still derived from fossil fuels.