Hydrogen and hydrocarbonsHydrogen should not be considered any threat to the oil and gas industry for one simple fact: the most abundant and lowest-cost source of hydrogen is from hydrocarbons! There is no free lunch! It takes a large amount of energy to break the hydrogen-oxygen bond in water. Putting the hydrogen back together with oxygen in a fuel cell generates less energy than is required to break that bond, per the second law of thermodynamics.So then the question becomes, "Where can hydrogen be found where it is abundant and not locked up by strong bonds?" Hydrocarbons of course, and if you want the best bang for your buck you'll go after the hydrogen in methane wherein there i...

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