Research for hydrogen technology

In summary, it is difficult to determine which companies have the most money invested in hydrogen technology or are doing the most research on it. However, it is clear that many big oil companies, such as BP, are investing heavily in renewable energy sources. BP, for example, is spending over $500 million in a span of three years on solar, wind, and hydrogen development. They currently produce a significant amount of high-grade hydrogen daily and are also investing $100 million annually on hydrogen technologies. Other organizations, including government agencies and partnerships, are also working towards advancing the use and development of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.
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What companies have the most money invested into hydrogen technology or are doing the most research on it? Does anyone really know?
 
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I suspect the answer is rather hard to come by, but it's evident that all the big oil companies are investing heavily into renewables. If renewables are to power the world in years to come, it's only natural that the current fuel suppliers want to be part of it.

Anyway, I'm really bored, so I chose to have a quick look at BP (since they're so keen to point out that BP now stands for Beyond Petroleum), and found a few snippets:

According to BP's own website, BP is spending and investing more than US$500 million over 3 years in the development of solar, wind and hydrogen. I can't quite find out exactly which 3 years those are! BP also claims to currently produce 1300 tonnes of high-grade hydrogen daily, and three times this amount at a lower grade. Admittedly, this pales in comparison with their daily production of other fuels, but I suppose they only make what they've got demand for and can't rely on supplier push to increase market demand.

World Petroleum.org says "BP’s spending alone on hydrogen technologies is put at $100 million a year".
 
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From here you can visit web sites of organizations working to advance the use and state-of-the art of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. These organizations include government agencies and programs, partnerships, associations, research centers, online informations centers, and companies and organizations within the hydrogen and fuel cell industry.
http://www.eere.energy.gov/hydrogenandfuelcells/related.html
 
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What is hydrogen technology?

Hydrogen technology refers to the use of hydrogen as a fuel source or energy carrier. It involves the production, storage, and distribution of hydrogen as well as its conversion into usable energy.

How is hydrogen produced for use in technology?

Hydrogen can be produced through a variety of methods, including steam reforming of natural gas, electrolysis of water, and biomass gasification. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages.

What are the benefits of using hydrogen as a fuel source?

Hydrogen is a clean and renewable energy source that produces no emissions when used in fuel cells. It also has a high energy density and can be produced from a variety of sources, reducing dependence on fossil fuels.

What are the challenges facing the implementation of hydrogen technology?

One of the main challenges is the high cost of production and infrastructure development. Additionally, there is a lack of widespread adoption and consumer acceptance of hydrogen technology. Safety and storage concerns also need to be addressed.

What is the current state of research on hydrogen technology?

Research on hydrogen technology is ongoing, with a focus on improving production methods, developing more efficient fuel cells, and addressing safety and infrastructure concerns. There is also a growing interest in using renewable sources, such as solar and wind, to produce hydrogen.

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