Monday, December 11, 2006
Breaking the Oil Addiction?
Sometimes the stuff that comes out of some yayhoo's garage actually works. When a technical knowledge barrier is broken, it is often broken by several different developers at the same time. This is no exception. It has long been a dream of auto aficionados and engineers and chemists to be able to use water as a fuel. It would seem this is now feasible. I love YouTube. Wandering around on their site, I found several different videos of individuals (two of which were recordings of evening news broadcasts) revealing that each were vying for patents and government and industrial contracts to sell their inventions and formulas for breaking water down into it's base components, hydrogen and oxygen as its needed. The water stays in its water form until its needed to be burned. No more threat of violent explosions or violent releasing of high pressure tanks. Fused together on a molecular level, these components are non-flammable ordinary water, but separated and mixed together as Hydrogen and Oxygen gases, they are volatile. Using electrolysis or chemical compounds, these developers have managed to convert ordinary water, h2O into a fuel source more efficient than refined gasoline on the fly using only a 12 volt current from your ordinary car battery. You can see an ordinary car being tested here, or a dune buggy being tested here, or a lawnmower being tested here. Personally, I don't think lawnmower man stands a chance of winning any of those patents.
One inventor estimates the cost per unit of these converters to be around $1500.00. At that price I'll want several. One for my truck, one for my home, one for my recreational vehicle.... um, well I guess that'll do for now. Goodbye PG&E, goodbye SMUD. I'll make my own gas and electricity, thank you.
The fuel is so efficient that the inventor of the dune buggy version, Stanley Meyer claims that he calculates that it would take only 22 gallons of water to travel coast to coast with his dune buggy. The inventor of the car version, Denny Kline claims that it required only four ounces of water to go 100 miles. Considering that this fuel turns back into water when its burned, the environmentalists should be all in support of this new technology. That is, 0% green house gas emissions, zero smog. Guaranteed, this will not shut them up, though. Add to that the convenience of filling your car only once every 1000 to 1500 miles instead of every 200 to 300 miles and then at any garden hose.
The only question is, "Will this be shelved by the auto-industry and the government to support the status quo economic quid pro quo or will the oil crisis be motivation enough to overcome the blockade that has stood in the way of so many inventions of the past. Daniel Dingel has been using this technology since 1968. He says it takes 1 litre of water to run his car for one hour and he's been running his current car on water for 4 years. He has brushed up against the establishment, but refuses to sell out only to have his invention shelved. German engineers have visited him, Japanese engineers have visited him, he has presented his invention to his own government in the Philippines but the tax on petroleum products helps keep the government funded. Dingel's unit is much more compact than the American versions. The entire system fits under the hood of his Toyota? sedan.
Right now, I'm imagining retired nuclear plants and fuel stations converted to simple convenience stops. Between this invention and the Tweel, the only maintenance your new automobile should require is regular oil changes and steering alignments. Any garden hose will do for a fill up. You can get that at any restaurant or carwash. Shell and Chevron will still be around, but their main products will be lubricants and air fresheners. Power will simply no longer be an issue.
If you simply can't wait for the auto-industry and the government to approve and manufacture your factory made water car, you can go to a third party maker and buy a kit like the MagDrive Series 9 auto-fill SuperGen. This unit produces enough HHO gas to run an 8.2 litre V8 engine, but you will need a professional to install it. It requires special tuning on the timing and such on your engine. You can see one installed here. If you'd rather go ahead and shell out just under $400.00 for the kit and try to find somebody who knows how to install it, you should click this link.
There are other ways to power a car with zero pollution, but none as efficient as the water fuel. A couple of developers are working on compressed air motors. They are workable, but just a bit more costly to operate. Imagine having to fill up every two hours of driving and if you don't have access to a special air compressor, which would take about four minutes, the on board version will take as much as four hours to do the job when you plug it in to a 110 socket. Such are the limitations of the current developments of the air cars.
I'll be ordering my converter in a couple of months when I can afford the $400.00 price tag just for the kit. I'm still guessing what the cost will be to have it installed professionally. My Dodge 1500 requires between $50.00 and $75.00 each trip to the gas station depending on the traveling season and the affects of current events on the market. Anyone want to loan me a $1000.00 till February? I'm pretty sure I can pay it off early if I can find somebody to install it pretty quickly.