From Science Daily:

Wood-colored pulp from which white paper is to be produced, objectionable tooth discolorations or disinfecting work areas in hospitals and food production facilities: Due to its highly oxidizing and cell toxic effects hydrogen peroxide is widely used as a bleaching agent and disinfectant in many technical areas, the production of cosmetics and medical applications. Hydrogen peroxide has also become firmly established in oxidative water treatment. Here, under the influence of ultraviolet light, hydrogen peroxide forms hydroxyl radicals: these destroy organic molecules that are not easily biodegradable.

For the most part hydrogen peroxide is produced on a large scale in centralized chemical plants, generally from oxygen and hydrogen and with a catalyst made of expensive platinum. As hydrogen peroxide can decompose spontaneously in highly concentrated solutions and explode, it can only be transported as a hazardous substance subject to strict safety precautions. This substantially increases the transport costs.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB has developed and implemented a new technical concept where hydrogen peroxide is generated locally and on the basis of demand in an electrochemical cell, that means with electricity alone — just from air and water. As a result of the turnaround in energy policy, there are non-uniform spikes in current supply from the regenerative production of energy. Thus the electrolytic production of chemicals is both becoming cost-effective and represents — in addition to the storage of energy — a practical utilization pathway for balancing out spikes in current supply to the grid.

Flexible synthesis…

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