Posted by NBC News on March 02, 2018 06:16:23There’s an exciting new way to use hydrogen, one that can make us far more energy-efficient than the conventional way to create it: by capturing it.
And that means there’s hope for the next generation of vehicles.
Here’s what we know about the new technology and what it could mean for the future of transportation.
Electrons are everywhereElectrons don’t just have one kind of charge: there are several kinds of electrons, and each of them have different characteristics.
They’re called ions.
Hydrogen is a single ion with one charge.
The more charged it is, the more energy it can store.
When the hydrogen ion is charged, it absorbs electrons from the air it is passing through, creating the electrons.
It also converts them to a liquid that can be pumped through pipes, used in turbines and used in nuclear power plants.
Electron capture is another form of energy capture.
It takes advantage of a different kind of electron: the electrons in hydrogen.
When a hydrogen atom absorbs an electron from the atmosphere, it turns it into a liquid and it flows into a collector or an electrolyte, where it is converted to electricity.
The liquid then flows back into the atmosphere where it’s stored for use.
When an electrolytic device converts an electron to electricity, it doesn’t just produce electricity: it also generates a stream of electrons.
In this way, electrons are able to be stored for energy, which is why they are an ideal fuel for electric vehicles.
But what happens when you capture them?
The hydrogen ion that absorbs an electrons from air has to absorb electrons from other atoms in the atmosphere in order to be able to capture them.
This process takes a while.
When you capture an electron, you capture the hydrogen ions, which are made of protons.
Protons are charged, and their protons are attracted to the electrons, so the protons can get energy from the electrons and carry them to the collector, where the electrons can be converted to hydrogen.
Hydrogen ion and protonsCombining two protons creates a charge that the hydrogen can hold.
When an electron is released from the collector into the air, the proton converts the energy into electricity and carries it back to the air.
The electrons that were released from this process are called electrons.
Hydrogens can hold a number of these electrons, called protons, and can convert them to hydrogen, a liquid.
So it is possible to store hydrogen, which can then be pumped into an electric vehicle, which produces electricity.
Theoretically, an electric car could store up to 20,000 hydrogen ions.
That would be enough to charge a lithium-ion battery.
The technology is also gaining traction in the automotive industry, with Toyota, BMW and others working on hydrogen fuel cells.
But the big challenge is how to capture enough electrons to power a vehicle, let alone drive it, so they aren’t simply recycled.
That’s a challenge that remains to be solved.
What’s next for hydrogen?
While the technology is promising, hydrogen is still very much a prototype.
It’s still not ready for production, and it’s still very expensive to make.
So the next big challenge for hydrogen is getting more efficient.
It will be interesting to see what kind of technology emerges that can overcome this challenge.