Researchers at Virginia Tech have come now closer to making hydrogen production more cost effective:
Recently, Percival Zhang, assistant professor of biological systems engineering at Virginia Tech in the US, and his collaborators at two other US labs announced that they had found an innovative method to make hydrogen. Their raw material was cellulose, and they used 13 enzymes in a combination never before seen in nature. These enzymes broke down cellulose and water, producing carbon dioxide and hydrogen. Zhang reckons that he can get to a commercial product â€” for example, one that can be used in an automobile â€” in five to 10 years. â€œIt is like the airplane of the Wright Brothers,â€ says Samir Brahmachari, director of the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) in Delhi. â€œIt will take a long time to become a commercial product.
So it may take, 10-15 yrs, but the fact remains we are moving in the right direction. Yes there are quite a few obstacles such are storing and safely transporting Hydrogen but according too these guys at Virginian Tech, this can be overcome by the secret ingredient (some form of specially developed cellulose) that is already inside the car, it will generate hydrogen and that would go in to the fuel cell which has oxygen and generate water and energy to run the car.