The practical use of hydrogen energy is now a reality with fuel cell vehicles that run on electricity generated by the chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen coming onto the market.
To achieve a fully-functioning hydrogen society, however, technological innovation in the production, transportation and storage of hydrogen is required.
For example, though hydrogen emits only water when used, it is still involved with the emission of CO2 during its manufacture, depending on the material used. In addition, poor efficiencies during transportation and storage are also issues.
Here we willl introduce two examples of leading-edge research aimed at resolving these issues.
Hiroaki Misawa(Professor, Research Institute for Electronic Science, Hokkaido University),
Hiroshi Kitagawa(Professor, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University)