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Cuba Considers Using Hydrogen as Energy Source

Studies for the use of hydrogen as an alternative energy source are underway in Cuba, Director of the Center for Studies on Renewable Energy Technologies (CETER, Spanish) Tania Carbonel Morales said this Thursday. Carbonel Morales told ACN during the 7th International Conference of Renewable Energy, Energy Saving and Education, that CETER, which is part of the Jose Antonio Echevarria Higher Polytechnic Institute, has a bank to lead assays with mixtures of methane, biofuel and alcohol.

According to the specialist, students of the Institute are actively participating in the study as they are expected to become experts on this matter that will likely revolutionize important branches of the world economy such as ground transportation.

Hydrogen is considered as a potential fuel for the future, faced with the gradual exhaustion of fossil reserves like oil which scientists have predicted to be fully depleted should excessive exploitation continues.

Carbonel Morales said Cuba’s National Hydrogen Group is currently leading pilot tests in ground transportation.

Meanwhile, Iraysa Oviedo Rivero, of Cubaenergia Information Management and Energy Development Center, also participating in the Conference, said the negative impact of renewable sources like hydrogen, carbon or biomass is smaller than that caused by the use of fossil fuels.

Figures provided by CETER indicate that hydrogen has been successfully employed in the transportation of students in the Spanish city of Aragon.

Cuba uses hydrogen in the process of oil extraction and refining and in the petrochemical and metal processing industries.



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