Imagine a world without fossil fuels. Currently fossil fuels support our whole way of life. Fossil fuels are non-renewable resources such as coal, oil and natural gas. Fossil fuels provide electricity and heating for homes, businesses and factories, and power for our transportation. The Canadian economy is based on fossil fuels. Unfortunately, when fossil fuels are used they produce harmful pollutants such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and sulphur compounds. We need to change our source of energy so we don't keep destroying our atmosphere. Hydrogen fuel cell cars are a part of preparing for the future.    

     Hydrogen cars are no longer a fantasy, they are a reality. Every major car company in the world, such as BMW, Mazda, Ford and Toyota, are starting to put more money into researching and producing alternatives to fossil fuelled cars.  Many people predict that with government help, we could switch to hydrogen as our major transportation fuel within 10 years.

    Hydrogen cars eliminate harmful emissions and produce only water vapour as exhaust (See Fig. 1).  Ballard (a fuel cell development company) executives promoted their concept by drinking the emissions of their fuel cell. Our cars today release harmful emissions and chemicals into our air, land and water. As the number of vehicles increases globally, pollution becomes an ever increasing problem worldwide. The automobile is one of the major contributors to pollution (See Fig. 2).

     Another reason to change to hydrogen fuel for transportation is that our reliance on fossil fuels is becoming a problem. One big problem is the shrinking amount of fossil fuels. As the supply dwindles, the price will increase drastically. Our way of life (low cost transportation) will become very expensive. We would not have to worry about rising gas prices and it's economic disadvantages with hydrogen cars because the fuel supply would be local. 

On our webpage, we will provide background information about hydrogen to help you understand why hydrogen is a potential new fuel source. We will discuss the pros and cons of using hydrogen as a fuel. As well, a basic understanding of how a hydrogen car works and examples of prototypes and production vehicles will be provided. In the end, we will discuss a plan for further development of hydrogen fuel car technology.


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