2017-07-30 02:28:09 UTC
Formic acid, renamed hydrozine, is cheaper than hydrogen
Students at University of Technology in the Netherlands have created world’s
first bus that runs on formic acid — and say it could be the world’s next
environmentally friendly fuel.
It is much cheaper than hydrogen-based fuels but delivers the same
environmental benefits — exhaust gasses consist of only water and carbon
dioxide, without any other harmful gasses usually present in “standard” fossil
fuels. Furthermore, the amount of carbon dioxide released this way is on a par
with that taken from the atmosphere to produce the fuel, so there’s no net
increase in those emissions.
The cost of converting standing fueling stations to handling hydrozine is just
1% the cost of converting to hydrogen. This makes conversion more financially
appealing to prospective investors.