Apr 29, 2018 1

Hydrogen Powered Cars - Save Fuel & Run Your Car on Water!

The debate on whether cars can run on water isn’t a new one. In fact, around the world, governments and private automobile giants have been trying endlessly to reach a formidable conclusion.

How can water be treated as a fuel to run cars?

Speaking of fuel-powered cars, which is almost all of them, they cannot burn water exclusively. But it is possible to electrolyze water (chemically, H2O) to form Brown’s gas (HHO). Once the Brown’s gas is formed, it can be added to the engine’s intake, where it would combine with the regular fuel (petrol or diesel) and burn more efficiently, resulting in fewer emissions. Since fuel is a necessity, there’s no way to get around it. Moreover, the chemical reaction between fuel and the HHO gas only helps a certain amount when you take statistics into account.

Theoretically, if just water were to be used, it would first need to be broken into Hydrogen and Oxygen, which would require tremendous amount of energy from the car’s internal battery to break the ionic bonds. Then out of the separated hydrogen molecules, only hydrogen can be used as a fuel. While oxygen will be released through the tailpipe as an emission. Hydrogen is very flammable and could act as a bomb if the kit where the said reaction takes place isn’t installed with high accuracy and precision. A slight human error could spark a major outcry.

What’s the alternative to water?

Researchers around the globe have tried their hand at hydrogen peroxide which has been used by the Chinese to power cars, jet packs, rockets, and even race cars. It’s use doesn’t stop there, though. Even the US experimental X-15 rocket plane, a German V2 rocket and some US satellites have used Hydrogen Peroxide to fuel the engines. Although the latter is still in the testing phase, if it works, then the future of space rocket take-offs could be more environment-friendly.

To use Hydrogen Peroxide as a fuel, a whole new internal combustion engine must be designed, or a fuel cell strong enough to power the entire car must be put in place. Since this is still under the microscope, it is safe to say that the traditional fuel will continue to dominate our lives and the automobile sector for the next 150 years. The research and development of finding alternative sources of fuel has led to a great demand for hydrogen peroxide suppliers such as KPL International Limited, both inside and outside of India.

Many chemicals, polymers, and paper manufacturing industries are now supplying essential chemicals to automobile industries to further the scope of research and aid in discovering a possible renewable source of energy.

Currently, electric cars are slowly becoming the norm, but they remain an expensive option that cannot yet reach the masses. Making fuel from water to be used in a car is theoretically possible, yes, but the conversion to increase fuel efficiency is not very likely. Also, there won’t be much savings in this segment.