The hydrogen used for the production of energy is gas molecule hydrogen, identified with the formula H2. It is a molecule that has been known for over 200 years, and when it burns it frees energy, producing only water. However on the Earth there are no molecule hydrogen deposits, as in the case of fossil fuels. It is a molecule that is found in great quantities in nature, but only in combination with other atoms to form, for example, water or methane. Due to the simple fact that on the Earth there are none, hydrogen is not a primary source of energy, in order to use it, it must be produced, using energy. In any case, only when it will be produced in a sufficiently economic manner will it be used as an energy vector, and only after having solved the problems tied to the fact that it is a gas that is difficult to transport, store and use.

subjects dealt with in Hydrogen

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Hydrogen knowledge

Natural hydrogen is a colourless, odourless and non-toxic gas. It is very light, 14.4 times lighter than the air. Consequently,…

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Storage and transport

Hydrogen not only needs to be produced, but it also needs to be transported and stored in the place of…

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Uses

The annual production of hydrogen amounts to 500 billion cubic metres, corresponding to 44 million tons, that are obtained as…

special reports

  • 21 February 2013 / Energy

    Renewable energy in Italy

    Renewable energy sources in Italy The GSE (Gestore dei Servizi Energetici), the Italian energy services management authority, periodically publishes data…

    15 April 2014 / Water

    How rich are we .... in blue gold?

    The blue planet: water availability in the world 24 December 1968, a date of historical importance. The Earth was photographed…

    7 January 2009 / Energy

    Hydrogen vehicles

    Hydrogen from water One of the main problems with the use of hydrogen as vehicle fuel, a system that would…

  • 22 May 2012 / Energy

    Green chemistry

    A bit of history Chemistry accompanies man from that day long ago when coarse hands full of hope put out…

    13 May 2013 / Earth

    Small steps, great footprints

    Which one takes up more space, an apple or a steak? Have you ever wondered how much space is taken…

    23 October 2013 / Air

    Carbon Footprint

    CO2 emissions and lifestyles If your parents decide to buy a new car, they might be attracted by a car…

  • 18 May 2011 / Energy

    Artificial photosynthesis

    Science is inspired by nature The history of science and technology is packed with discoveries and inventions inspired by nature.…

    5 October 2011 / Energy

    The energy scenario in Italy

    The National Energy Balance Every year the Italian Ministry of Economic Development publishes the country's National Energy Balance. This gives…

    4 November 2009 / Energy

    Ecological house

    A look to the past At present, it is more and more difficult to assure the comfort standard which our…

  • 21 February 2013 / Energy

    Renewable energy in Italy

    Renewable energy sources in Italy The GSE (Gestore dei Servizi Energetici), the Italian energy services management authority, periodically publishes data…

    15 April 2014 / Water

    How rich are we .... in blue gold?

    The blue planet: water availability in the world 24 December 1968, a date of historical importance. The Earth was photographed…

  • 7 January 2009 / Energy

    Hydrogen vehicles

    Hydrogen from water One of the main problems with the use of hydrogen as vehicle fuel, a system that would…

    22 May 2012 / Energy

    Green chemistry

    A bit of history Chemistry accompanies man from that day long ago when coarse hands full of hope put out…

  • 13 May 2013 / Earth

    Small steps, great footprints

    Which one takes up more space, an apple or a steak? Have you ever wondered how much space is taken…

    23 October 2013 / Air

    Carbon Footprint

    CO2 emissions and lifestyles If your parents decide to buy a new car, they might be attracted by a car…

  • 21 February 2013 / Energy

    Renewable energy in Italy

    Renewable energy sources in Italy The GSE (Gestore dei Servizi Energetici), the Italian energy services management authority, periodically publishes data…

  • 15 April 2014 / Water

    How rich are we .... in blue gold?

    The blue planet: water availability in the world 24 December 1968, a date of historical importance. The Earth was photographed…

  • 7 January 2009 / Energy

    Hydrogen vehicles

    Hydrogen from water One of the main problems with the use of hydrogen as vehicle fuel, a system that would…

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    H from the sugar cane

    The Centro di Ricerca Interuniversitario per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile (CIRPS) carried out a study in Peru in collaboration with the…

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