Why not use Water as fuel in your car right now
September 29, 2006 7:15am CST
It seems many inventions are at first considered “Of little value”. The cry goes out “That couldn’t possibly work; could it?” or “What on earth is the use of that” and the subject is never raised again. It is only when the Military becomes interested that the inventions “of little value” get considered seriously and any associated bugbears are eliminated by the experts. Hence we have had Steam Rollers, Tanks, Trains, Aeroplanes, Rockets, Radar and a host of other inventions too numerous to mention.. So it is with the idea of “Water for Fuel” proposed by Yul Brown in Australia many years ago of heating water to 1400C until it breaks down into its molecular components, Hydrogen and Oxygen and running an Internal Combustion Engine on the mixture of the two gases that later became known as “Browns Gas”. Highly respected scientists’ poo-poohed his ideas, saying you can’t get Something for Nothing. Perpetual Motion doesn’t work etc. What is very true though, is that the Internal Combustion Engine is extremely inefficient at utilizing 100% of the immense amount of energy locked up in hydrocarbon fuels be it Petrol, Diesel, L.P.G. , Bio-Gas etc. A considerable quantity of the energy in any of those fuels is vented out of the exhaust pipe into the atmosphere and simply wasted. It contributes markedly to photo chemical smog, greenhouse gases, micro-particle pollution and has a hidden, unacknowledged, insidiously detrimental effect on our balance of payments. The twist is, when any hydrocarbon fuel is combined with Browns Gas in an Internal Combustion Engine the motor runs more smoothly due to the fuel being burnt super efficiently resulting in more power being supplied to the driving wheels and thus a far greater economy is achievable from a tank of fuel. Last year President George W. Bush said words to the effect “We have got to get away from our reliance on oil from foreign nationals”. Since then a U.S. company has been modifying the U.S.Military Hummer fleet to run on “Aquygen” which appears to be Browns Gas marketed under a flash new name. Don’t laugh. Re-naming a good product that had an unpopular name worked well for the Zipper didn’t it. For those of us who have access to the Internet, take a look at www.hytechapps.com . My impression was, if the U.S. Military Engineers can’t get it to work efficiently, it aint gunna! Never the less, they claim “All tests so far have been passed”. Provision is made in the retrofit to enable the Hummers to run either on Aquygen or the normal Petrochemical fuel in the gas tank. The Proprietor of Aquygen Denny Klein recently informed the U.S. Senate Select Committee his medium sized family sedan (a Corolla) goes 300miles on one gallon of petrol combined with four ounces of water. That’s pretty impressive. See U.S. Patent 6866756 If Aquygen is indeed actually Browns Gas, it is produced cheaply in a small device located under the bonnet of the car and is consumed immediately by the motor and turns back into water. Browns Gas doesn’t need to be stored under high pressure in a vulnerable storage tank nor does it require an expensive Hydrogen fuel cell or a heavy Storage Battery array. The water by-product need not be wasted. It can be collected for re-use ad infinitum. Twenty or so years ago only the US Military had access to the Global Satilite Positioning Satalite system now we can all use it. Wouldn’t be ironic, if President George W. Bush, was not so much remembered as the invader of Baghdad, but for having let the Genie out of the bottle and being responsible for us entering the Hydrogen age, in having Browns Gas adopted as, The Fuel Of The Future. Perhaps the Federal and State Governments should be looking into how the U.S. Military is modifying their Hummer fleet to run on Aquygen (Water), with a view to modifying our public transport fleets similarly. But there again, wouldn’t any fuel savings so achieved, result in less G.S.T being collected?
• United States
10 Oct 06
While somewhat difficult to see this happen any time soon, it would be a real dream-come-true for many consumers, whether individuals or companies. While I, personally, do find it a bit far-fetched (although it may not be as far-fetched as I feel), so many of the modern world's problems would be solved by this.
• United States
11 Oct 06
I now recall something from chemistry that when hydrogen & oxygen molecularly combine to make water, a lot of energy is expended. At least, that is what I remember. So, the idea is feasable. Only reason I felt it was far-fetched was ... well ... technological advances may be more advanced than I thought. I also remember something about our sun ... the energy from it is a nuclear reaction in which hydrogen releases radiation forming helium as a nuclear reaction. Well - I'm going off in a tangent now.
16 Oct 06
What a wonderful world it could be. people would not spent much on gas running their cars. Is it really possible? It should be supported and not let the gas producer harass the development and inventions about what is good for all not only what is good for them.