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Hydrogen Peroxide to Fuel Future Cars?

Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) has long been used to whiten teeth, bleach hair, purify water and clean up cuts and abrasions. Hydrogen peroxide has also been used for years to fuel racecars, rockets and rocket packs as well.

In the past, hydrogen peroxide has been used as a propellant in submarines, torpedoes, satellites and spacecraft. Today, however, there has been talk of using hydrogen peroxide to power automobiles.

The only emissions from using hydrogen peroxide as fuel is heat, oxygen and water (steam), so it’s a very green way to power a vehicle. Hydrogen peroxide is also liquid, so it’s easy to store and transport.

China has developed the Habo No. 1, which is a modified Volkswagen that runs on hydrogen peroxide. But, aside from this vehicle, using hydrogen peroxide to fuel cars is a largely undeveloped segment in the automotive industry.

A novel approach to producing hydrogen peroxide for use in automobiles is to use fuel cells to produce the chemical. Currently, most hydrogen peroxide is produced using the Anthraquinone process, but other methods of developing the chemical are currently underway.

It would be a positive step to see the automobile manufacturers pick up the baton in regard to developing more cars that run on hydrogen peroxide. Like hydrogen fuel cell cars, those that run on hydrogen peroxide emit zero emissions. Having a liquid fuel such as hydrogen peroxide would solve many storage and transportation problems inherent in building a supporting infrastructure.

About Hydro Kevin Kantola

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I'm a hydrogen car blogger, editor and publisher interested in documenting the history and the progression of hydrogen cars, vehicles and infrastructure worldwide.

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2 comments

  1. It’s a great idea to use hydrogen peroxide for domestic transport vehicles.
    There’s a lot of scope for students for research.
    Students at various universities shld be encouraged for research.

  2. Waterstof is verreweg de beste oplossing voor een lage distributsie prijs, en last but not least het is ook met name goed voor het milieu, enkel nog de distributsie ervan, van watersof perioxide en met kan daarmee een nieuwe weg gaan bewandelen, komt er ook zicht op dat olie kartel, met dien verstande dat de dollar prijs niet meer gekoppeld gaat worden aan de olieprijs, maar dan aan de goud prijs, zou kunnen resulteren in een wat stabielere economie, omdat dan de olie prijs nu nog bepaald word door de OPEC, omdat er weinig stof is tot een goed alternatief, maar met watersof is er een alternatief om die olieprijs in te kunnen dammen!!! Wat ook goed mocht zijn voor de auto industrie, want auto’s op electra is hoe het nu momenteel het eraan toe gaat geen goed alternatief
    met een actieradius van ca 200 km, omdan achterèèn volgens 8 uur te wachter voordat de accu’s weer vol zijn!! Waterstof zou wat mij aangaat de toekomst hebben!
    Met vr gr

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