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Name: Hydrogen H.jpg

Symbol: H
Atomic number: 1
Atomic weight: 1.00794
Standard state: gas at 298 K
Group in periodic table: 1
Group name: (none)
Period in periodic table: 1
Color: colorless
Classification: Non-metallic


Hydrogen is the lightest element. It is by far the most abundant element in the universe and makes up about about 90% of the universe by weight. Hydrogen as water (H2O) is essential to life and it is present in all organic compounds. Hydrogen gas was used in lighter-than-air balloons for transport but is far too dangerous because of the fire risk (Hindenburg- seen in video below). It burns in air to form only water as waste product and if hydrogen could be made on sufficient scale from other than fossil fuels then there might be a possibility of a hydrogen economy.