Hydrogen is a universal fuel that will play a major role in our clean, sustainable energy future. Here are some ways hydrogen is already becoming a practical reality in our everyday lives...
A Fuel Clean Enough to Eat
When you first hear about hydrogen, you might think of cars, trucks and buses powered by an emissions-free fuel. And while hydrogen does hold great promise for the kind of car you drive, it's been used for decades in products that you have used your whole life - just look around your kitchen!
If you read the label on a jar of peanut butter or a bag of potato chips, you'll find that these products contain 'hydrogenated" oil. This means that hydrogen has been added to the oil; the hydrogen atoms bond with carbon atoms already present in the oil or fat molecules, changing the consistency of the finished product to something that tastes good. The end result are oils and fats that make a food more cohesive and sticky, keep food from spoiling or going stale, and lock in flavor. In fact, you probably eat hydrogenated oils just about every day - is that something you could say about gasoline?
Here are just a few examples of foods that are made using hydrogen:
Ok, so hydrogen isn't used in the most healthy foods, and we do not recommend that you only eat foods containing hydrogenated oils, but, hydrogenation is just another example of how we have been producing and using hydrogen safely for decades to improve our lives. Hydrogen is a part of your life already, even if you didn't know it.
- Peanut Butter
- Chewy candy (caramels, fruit chews, etc.)
- Potato Chips
- Ice Cream