Is Hydrogen Safe?
Since the infamous Hindenburg disaster in 1937, hydrogen has developed a bad reputation as being a dangerous option for replacing conventional gasoline. Hydrogen is considered a fuel which means that it is combustible, but many of its properties make this element safer than many might think. If hydrogen fuel leaks or spills, it disperses and evaporates much quicker than gasoline, which minimizes risk of explosion hazards. Hydrogen is only explosive if it is able to significantly build up in an enclosed space, but this is difficult because hydrogen atoms are so small and can easily escape. In addition, hydrogen tanks have undergone rigorous but successful testing such as exposure to extreme temperatures, perforation with solid objects such as bullets, and intense pressurization. The once negative image of hydrogen is changing, and many are embracing the benefits that this element offers as a source of fuel.