A number of technologies are available to convert fuels among themselves and into electricity and heat or motive power. Many of them can also be used for fuels derived from renewable energy sources. Those derived from biomass will be dealt with separately in section 4.8. For renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power, one way of dealing with fluctuating production would be to convert surplus electricity to a storable fuel. This could be hydrogen obtained by electrolysis (or by reversible fuel cells, see section 5.2.2), in which case the further conversion of hydrogen to the energy forms in demand can be accomplished by methods already available, for example, for natural gas, such as boilers, engines, gas turbines and fuel cells.
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Global warming is a huge problem which will significantly affect every country in the world. Many people all over the world are trying to do whatever they can to help combat the effects of global warming. One of the ways that people can fight global warming is to reduce their dependence on non-renewable energy sources like oil and petroleum based products.