Discuss The Arguments For Banning Sulphuric Acid

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PbO2 + Pb + 2H2SO4 ↔ 2PbSO4 + 2H2O The reaction of lead and lead oxide with the sulfuric acid electrolyte produces a voltage. The supplying of energy to and external resistance the battery. When a lead acid battery cell produces energy, it converts chemical energy into electrical energy. During this process, Lead is oxidised at the anode according to this equation: Pb(s) → Pb2+(aq) + 2e- The reduction process in lead acid batteries occurs at the cathode, as shown above. Lead (from lead dioxide) is reduced at the cathode by protons in the sulphuric acid: PbO2(s) + 4H+(aq) + 2e- → Pb2+(aq) + 2H2O(l) In order to galvanise iron or steel, sulphuric acid is used to remove oxides. An oxidant is a reactant that oxidises or removes electrons from other…show more content…
One of the main arguments for banning sulphuric acid is its negative impact on the environment and how it can increase the greenhouse effect. However, this argument can be combated by suggesting alternative energy sources that do not include burning fossil fuels. For example, when sulphuric acid is recycled it produces heat. This heat is used to turn water into steam, which is then converted into electricity. This process is much less polluting than the burning of fossil fuels. When fossil fuels, such as crude oil and coal, are burned they produce greenhouse gases. An example of this is the burning of…show more content…
The main sources of pollution caused by this process are process wastes and emissions of contaminated air. Acid rain is one of the emissions that contributes to pollution. The process of smelting sulphide ores produces sulphur dioxide gas; this chemical reacts in the atmosphere to form a mist, which then falls to earth as acid rain. To reduce this effect, new technology has been created and plays an important role in reducing smelting related pollution. Previously, old smelting machines were the cause of most of the sulphur dioxide generators. Using machines such as electrostatic precipitators, almost all of the sulphur is captured prior to the emission and returned to the
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