Hydrogen, the most clean fuel in the universe, has been seen with skepticism by many. Although bad events involving exploded hydrogen tanks are rare, Monroe County’s (NY) Green Fuel Station on Scottsville Road experienced the explosion of two tanks filled with hydrogen.
Black smoke has been sent into the air, although I don’t find an explanation of where the smoke was from – surely not from the hydrogen.
Unpleasant consequences arrived: two persons injured, but none of them seriously. The cause of the explosion was under investigation. “It is an accident,” Airport Director David Damelio said. “We need to find out what caused it and what we can do to keep this from happening again in the future.”
It’s the first incident that I hear about since writing about alternative energy. Its consequences are not so painful, but they give a sign that our compressed gas technology is not safe enough.
If we want to further expand the hydrogen distribution networks so they reach every gas station, common sense says that there’s a higher probability of similar events to happen.
Perhaps speeding things up on the storage part and implementing low pressure hydrogen containers that hold the gas in their molecular structure rather than having them compressed, would exclude the variant in which we’ll have big bombs in our backyards or gas stations.
Just like we got smart technologies that could replace gasoline, we might just change the old hammer-style way of carrying gases in a much safer manner.