Though hydrogen does not produce energy, it can be thought of as an energy carrier. The hydrogen molecule is able to generate power by passing through a device such as a hydrogen fuel cell.
Hydrogen fuel cell technology is touted as the next generation of energy. Though in its earliest stages, fuel cell technological breakthroughs are occurring regularly and may be the future alternative to power vehicles, turbines, and generate electricity and heat.
Researchers around South Carolina are exploring fuel cell technology for automotive applications. Clemson University has incorporated hydrogen production and storage and automotive system integration into its International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). South Carolina State University is working through the James E. Clyburn Transportation Center to educate a skilled workforce in demand by government agencies for future transportation employees.