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Hydrogen Peroxide Powered Drag Racers Take Off!
Posted By Ariel Schwartz On October 14, 2009 @ 9:00 am In Green Transportation,Innovation | 1 Comment
Hydrogen peroxide is best known for its properties as a hair dye and disinfectant , but it might just power the next generation of drag racers as well. Unlike expensive hydrogen fuel cell  and electric-powered cars , h202-powered vehicles are both cheap (hydrogen peroxide is just water with an extra oxygen molecule) and fast — drag racers powered by the stuff can quickly reach speeds of 450 mph!
H202 has been used as a fuel source for rockets and submarines since World War 2, but the substance has only recently begun to be used in vehicles . Hydrogen peroxide-powered cars work when h202  is flooded into a chamber filled with silver or platinum screens. When the substance hits the screens, energy is released out of the back of the vehicle.
With benign emissions consisting of oxygen, water , and heat, there is little reason that h202 shouldn’t catch on as a fuel. True, the giant steam cloud left in an h202-powered vehicle’s wake means that the fuel isn’t ideal for highway driving, but it is still a possibility for the gas-guzzling racing world .
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URLs in this post:
 disinfectant: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/09/24/green-home-101-guide-to-green-cleaning/
 hydrogen fuel cell: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/09/02/formula-zero-hydrogen-cell-racing-takes-off/
 electric-powered cars: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/10/13/five-lean-mean-and-green-electric-vehicles-at-the-tokyo-motor-show/
 vehicles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4RWduwXZgs&feature=player_embedded
 h202: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogen_peroxide
 water: http://www.inhabitat.com/water/
 racing world: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/06/16/transportation-tuesday-inaugural-electric-motorbike-grand-prix/
 Examiner: http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-4824-Tampa-Sports-Car-Examiner~y2009m9d27-Hydrogen-peroxide-powered-drag-racer
 Ecofriend: http://www.ecofriend.org/entry/eco-cars-hydrogen-peroxide-powered-drag-racer-is-green-and-fast/
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