Welcome to another episode of Engineering Explained! This time the YouTube user is using engineering to explain the simple reaction and byproducts of a hydrogen combustion engine and hydrogen fuel cell.
As it happens, the hydrogen engine is not the best solution for the vehicles. Yes, we know; that is quite contrary to popular belief. In one of the latest videos by Engineering Explained, the problems with the hydrogen engines and the pros of using hydrogen fuel cell are discussed in detail.
For those of you who don’t know much about a hydrogen engine; don’t worry. We will tell you a bit about it. It operates in a similar manner to the internal combustion engine – it generates power by making use of fuel from a tank. However, as opposed to the fuel choices for a combustion engine – gasoline or diesel – the hydrogen engine relies on pressurized hydrogen gas. This hydrogen is chemically fused with oxygen from the air and creates water.
According to Engineering Explained, ‘On the surface, hydrogen combustion engines seem like the ultimate solution for car guys. You still get a wonderful four-stroke piston-cylinder combustion engine.’
Theoretically speaking, as is the case with a hydrogen fuel cell, a hydrogen combustion engine should not be generating carbon emissions that are damaging to the environment. That is because the hydrogen fuel does not have any carbon in it. However, owing to the combustion process that is involved with the hydrogen combustion engines; the process ends up creating nitrogen oxide.
The YouTube user, Engineering Explained, helps its audience members understand some of the most complex topics of engineering. The user has a background in mechanical engineering and relies on the knowledge along with his passion for cars to handle difficult topics Check out the video posted by Engineering Explained to better understand the phenomenon and its implications. Do let us know what you think of the video and the explained topic.