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Introduction to Hydrogen Technology

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Introduction to Hydrogen Technology explains the basic chemistry that underlies promising, innovative new technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells. Incorporating information on the latest developments and current research on alternative energy sources, this book:
  • Covers chemistry fundamentals relating to hydrogen technology, including reversible reactions and chemical equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, electrochemistry, organic reactions involving hydrogen, polymer chemistry, photochemistry, and plasma chemistry
  • Discusses various types of hydrogen fuel cells and diverse fuel cell applications
  • Addresses the production techniques and the infrastructure necessary to support hydrogen-based energy sources
This is a hands-on resource for scientists and researchers working with hydrogen-based technologies and an excellent reference for students in engineering, science, environmental science, and applied science and technology. This book also will be useful for the general public interested in sustainable energy.

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Chapter 1. Available Energy Sources.

1.1 Civilization and search for sustainable energy.

1.2 Planet energy resources and energy consumption.

1.3 Greenhouse effect and its influence on quality of life and ecosphere.

1.4 Non-renewable energy sources.

1.5 Renewable energy sources:

1.6 Energy storage.

1.7 Energy ethics.

Chapter 2. Chemistry Background.

2.1 Reversible reactions and chemical equilibrium.

2.2 Acid-base chemistry.

2.3 Thermodynamics.

2.4 Reaction kinetics.

2.5 Electrochemistry (Oxidation/Reduction Reactions).

2.6 Organic reactions involving hydrogen.

2.7 Polymer chemistry.

2.8 Photochemistry.

2.9 Plasma chemistry.

Chapter 3. Hydrogen Properties.

3.1 Occurrence of hydrogen, properties and use.

3.2 Hydrogen as energy carrier.

3.3 Comparison to other fuels.

3.4 Hydrogen storage.

Chapter 4. Hydrogen Technology.

4.1 Production:

4.2 Hydrogen infrastructure.

4.3 Hydrogen safety.

4.4 Hydrogen technology assessment.

Chapter 5. Fuel Cells Essentials.

5.1 Introduction to hydrogen based fuel cells.

5.2 Proton exchange membrane.

5.3 Solid oxide fuel cells.

5.4 Alkaline fuel cells.

5.6 Stack, catalysts, electrode assembly.

5.7 Medium and high temperature fuel cells.

5.8 Fuel cells system architecture.

Chapter 6. Fuel Cells Applications.

6.1 Stationary power production.

6.2 Transportation.

6.3 Micro-power systems.

6.4 Mobile and residential power systems.

6.5 Space and military applications.

6.6 Conclusion.


"I am pleased to recommend this book as a hands-on resource for scientists and researchers working with the emerging hydrogen-based technologies. It can also serve as an excellent reference for students in chemistry, chemical engineering, engineering, basic science, environmental science, and applied science and technology as well as for the general public interested in sustainable energy. It should also be useful to professors in all branches of chemistry and chemistry engineering. In view of the importance of hydrogen technology in solving our society's energy and environmental crisis, it should also prove helpful to science journalists and should find a place in education and public libraries." (Journal of Chemical Education, May 2009)
  • Provides basic knowledge about renewable energy

  • Explains the chemistry of fuel cell performance and introduces the fundamentals of hydrogen production

  • Enables readers to apply scientific knowledge to the solution of hydrogen-related problems

  • Addresses the perennial problem of how to deal with and mitigate the high prices of oil and gas, along with how to reduce our use of fossil-based fuels

  • Includes an extensive listing of sources of information on various websites and published literature for further reading