Hydrogen is a versatile gas that is used extensively in a number of diverse applications. Food processing, electronics manufacturing, chemical production, and welding are just a few examples. In addition, hydrogen gas is used as an alternative source of energy and fuel.
Purpose of Excess Flow Valves
Excess flow valves are a crucial component of any hydrogen application. The purpose of these types of valves is to regulate the emission of gases—either manually or automatically. Preventing the uncontrolled flow of gases and liquids is vital in meeting the necessary safety regulations. It also protects equipment and other company resources.
Industries That Rely on Hydrogen Gas Applications
Some of the most valuable industries in the United States rely on hydrogen gas consumption. For example, the country’s petroleum refineries lower fuels’ sulfur content using hydrogen gas. Other uses for this gas include the processing of foods, the production of fertilizer and when treating metals.
Since the 1950s, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has been a leader in the use of hydrogen. It was then that the agency started using liquid hydrogen as a fuel for its rockets. In addition, NASA was also one of the first to use hydrogen in cells used to produce electricity.
NASA used hydrogen fuel cells to provide the power needed by the electrical systems on the agency’s spacecraft. Today, the use of this gas as a transportation fuel continues to increase. The auto industry uses fuel cells to create electric vehicles that are both highly efficient and emission-free.
Hydrogen fuel cells and their use in electric vehicles continues to be a focus of research, design, and development. A majority of these vehicles use an electric motor that runs on the power of a hydrogen gas fuel cell. Others are fueled directly by burning hydrogen.
Excess solar energy can be used to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. Afterward, the hydrogen can be stored so it can be reused at a later date. This ensures no energy is wasted.
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