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Hydrogen fuel cells were invented by Sir William Robert Grove However they were not put to use until the 1960s when General Electric established workable proton-exchange membrane cells used as power supplies in the Apollo and Gemini space missions Now many years later there is concern within the US government over the availability of oil in the Middle East The escalating violence between Israel and the Palestinians the war in Iraq and the possibility of more terrorist attacks has become a large threat The intensify tensions between Islam and the West are likely to further threaten our access to cheap and affordable oil Any more terrorists attacks could desolate the nations gas and oil pipelines transmission lines and power stations with devastating effects on our economy The growth of oil is less than 15 percent per year however the wind and photovoltaic markets are doubling in size ever three years Hydrogen is the most basic and widespread element in our universe also referred as the forever fuel It produces no harmful CO emissions when burned plus the only byproducts are pure water and heat Hydrogen could propel airplanes trains ships and cars run plants heat our homes offices hospitals and our schools Moreover since hydrogen is a gas it can move energy over long distances in pipelines and as cheap and perhaps more efficient then electricity Also hydrogen can be used in a wider range of energy applications than electricity Hydrogen is found everywhere on Earth but not free floating in nature It is found water fossil fuels and all living things Hydrogen has to be extracted from water and almost half of hydrogen produced in the world comes from natural gas However renewable resources such as wind can be used to produce electricity In turn in a process called electrolysis electricity can be used to split water into hydrogen and oxygen The hydrogen can then be saved and later used in a
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