Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of a series in which contributors elaborate on each of the five game-changes featured in CommScope’s latest Global Enterprise Survey.
The world today is predominantly powered by fossil-based fuels including petroleum and refined derivates such as gasoline. Nuclear power plants are also deployed in more developed nations; a hybrid of coal and nuclear powered plants feed those national electric grids and drive the economies.
However, the need for cleaner power is focusing our drive and transition towards non-fossil eco-friendly fuels for the future. This holds true, as well, in powering enterprise networks. It is no surprise to see green, reliable power as one of the top five trends and technologies mentioned in our survey of enterprise IT managers.
One leading solution for a greener future is hydrogen. Hydrogen inherently poses less danger than conventional fuels, such as gasoline or natural gas. Hydrogen is colorless, odorless, non-toxic and will not contaminate groundwater. If released into the air, it will not contribute to atmospheric pollution. Hydrogen is 14 times lighter than oxygen, which means it diffuses rapidly into a non-flammable concentration when released into the air.
Hydrogen is the most abundant chemical substance in the universe. In nature, hydrogen is always combined into molecules with other elements, typically oxygen and carbon. Hydrogen can be extracted from virtually any hydrogen-containing compound including both renewable and non-renewable resources. Hydrogen fuel cells utilize hydrogen as fuel with no polluting emissions, making hydrogen the ultimate clean energy.
We easily recognize the two gases Hydrogen (H2) and Oxygen (O) in the formula H2O (water) as the source of super eco-friendly fuel for all life on earth.
Hydrogen needs oxygen to burn, making combustion within a hydrogen tank impossible. In the event of a leak, the physical properties of hydrogen would force the gas to quickly diffuse and rise, moving the gas away from the leak.
Gasoline and natural gas can be explosive at low concentrations whereas hydrogen requires a much higher concentration that it is less likely to reach due to its lightness, rapid diffusion rate and an ignition temperature of 560OC.
Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC)
The Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) is an electro-chemical device that uses hydrogen combined with oxygen from the air to produce electricity and heat to sustain continuous power.
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