How has the STS hydrogen production facilities generated progress in alternative fuels?
Is the production of over 100 tonnes of liquid hydrogen at each launch insignificant to spend money to optimize the processes or develop new methods? thanks
- ronwizfrLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
None at all.
World production of hydrogen is 50 million tonnes per year, so the STS needs are pretty insignificant compared to that number. Commercial hydrogen is produced chemically from hydrocarbons. Conversion to a hydrogen economy would only work if we'd produced more hydrogen via electrolysis, using electricity produced by nuclear energy or alternative sources like solar energy.
Don't forget that hydrogen is only an energy *carrier*, like electricity, not a source.