Hydrogen - The Most Abundunt Element

The chemical element, Hydrogen or H for its chemical symbol is the most abundant and probably the most important chemical element that has a tremendous amount of uses. The most critical and important role of Hydrogen is the formation of water, by bonding with two Oxygens give H2O. Every living things including animals, plants, fungus, of course human beings needs water to carry on cellular activity from breathing air to elimination of toxins and waste products. There are many more functions of water from hundreds or even thousands of functions, that can been seen physically such as production of electricity from a dam, or the dew formation on a leaf the following morning.

 

Hydrogen can also be found in many of our food groups including carbohydrates with glucose being the most common compound with a chemical formula of C6H12O2, proteins, fruits, vitamins, alcoholic beverages such as wine, and many others.

 

Probably one of the most important sources of Hydrogen is in fuel such as gasoline, kerosene, ethyl alcohols, and others. Of course, the most common one is gasoline that you put in your car so that it can move. Gasoline, however, is a limited source of energy and it was estimated by scientist at OPEC that crude oil, the source of gasoline will be depleted in about 50 years. In addition, gasoline emits too much pollution and is responsible for the excess accumulation of Carbon Dioxide deposits in the atmosphere that is thought to have global warming effects.

 

For these reasons, other sources of energy must definitely be explored and researched. Hydrogen appears to be the best candidate, because of it's plentiful in infinite amount, cleaner, more efficient, produces 1000 times more energy than gasoline, and more economical.

 

Unfortunately, Hydrogen got a bad reputation from the fatal accident of the Hindenburg Airship Balloon, since hydrogen was used as the gas to inflate the balloon. Dr, Addison Bain, a Mechanical Engineer from NASA, who specialized in the study of Hydrogen and its potential uses,  investigated and researched for over nine year on what actually caused the Hindenburg Airship to explode. From this, he concluded that the actual source of the fire was from Aluminum Oxide that was used as a coating of the Airship. On that tragic day, the weather was gloomy, and lightning was evident. When lightning struck the airship, it ignited the coating of aluminum oxide, and subsequently igniting the hydrogen gas. Again, hydrogen was not the source of the fire as witnesses saw a red flame bursting from the airship, however, hydrogen does not give off any color when ignited. Further evidence that hydrogen was not the culprit of the Hindenburg tragedy. In fact, Aluminum Oxide is a rocket propellant that is highly flammable.

 

Because of this incident, Hydrogen took so much blame that it was highly feared that it can do the same damages if use as a fuel for cars, and other automobiles. Dr. Addison highly believed that Hydrogen has a bright future for mankind.