Hydrogen Based

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Hydrogen Based Energy

Energy systems of the mid- to late-21st century will have to be cleaner and much more efficient, flexible, and reliable than they are today in order to ensure our nation's energy security and environmental viability. Hydrogen is a potential answer to satisfying many of our energy needs while reducing (and eventually eliminating) carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions.

Hydrogen can be produced from a wide variety of domestic resources using a number of different technologies. Hydrogen can also provide a storage medium for intermittent and seasonal renewable technologies. Hydrogen can be used in combustion processes and fuel cells to provide a broad range of energy services such as lighting, mobility, heating, cooling, and cooking.

The first steps toward a clean energy future will build on the established commercial processes and systems in use today. A range of advanced technologies to produce, store, transport, and use hydrogen are already under development. Demonstration and commercialization of these new technologies will facilitate the transition to a hydrogen economy.

The U.S. Department of Energy is working in partnership with industry, national laboratories and academia to expedite the development of hydrogen technologies. Together, we will realize our vision of a hydrogen energy future.