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Hindenburg's hydrogen connection

It is ironic that a research outfit that has accused the Adani group of financial manipulation is named after a disaster that continues to haunt the world's hydrogen ambitions


Devangshu Datta
Paul Von Hindenburg was a German Field Marshal and later president of the German Weimar Republic. Zeppelin named one of its fanciest airships in his honour. That ship caught fire on May 6, 1937, as it was docking in a New Jersey field. Out of the total complement of 97 crew and passengers, 35 died.

This was the fifth or sixth major fire involving airships. It effectively ended the industry. The exact causes of each of those fires apart, the culprit was ultimately hydrogen. Airships used hydrogen gas for lift, and hydrogen has a propensity to combine explosively with oxygen given
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First Published: Jan 27 2023 | 10:48 PM IST

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