While the debate about private vehicles and their tailpipe emission contributing to the degradation of air quality rages across the nation, car manufacturers are taking concrete steps toward cleaner cars. The ultimate goal of everyone is to see air-powered, eco-friendly vehicles become the norm. Engineers are always looking for better ways to do this.
Indian scientists only came up with a solution to the air-powered vehicle last year. They are putting all their efforts behind two different power generation and storage technologies, viz. Fuel-cells & solar energy. Both technologies have been around for a while, and the development of solar energy in automotive applications dates back at least ten years, if no longer. Scientists believe that fuel-cell technology and the infinite energy of the sun can be combined to create an everlasting source of green power that could be used for automobiles.
Fuel cells, like the air-powered vehicle, were thought to be too futuristic to become a real thing. But the promise to combine hydrogen and oxygen in order to produce usable energy, with water as the only by-product, is too good to ignore.
Fuel-cell technology is tricky when it comes to storing volatile hydrogen securely and safely on the vehicle. Nevertheless, a group of Indian scientists have jumped over this hurdle on their journey to the dream of air-powered, eco-friendly cars. They believe they can synthesize hydrogen using specially designed solar-powered cells, making their dream a real possibility.
According to an expert panel of scientists, the principle behind this development is sound. Scientists believe that a system could be optimized that converts oxygen from the air into hydrogen peroxide. This would then generate electricity using water as a waste product. The quantum enthralls the world’s leaps in energy produced from a single fuel cell.
Hydrogen peroxide-powered fuel-cell technology can be used for applications beyond automobiles. The feasibility tests for their viability and usage are currently underway in some of the most difficult conditions on land, water & aircraft on our planet.