Thanks, smileyman34, for the link to Fox
posted by zorgon
Two things come to mind . . The obvious is electrolysis into hydrogen. Doesn't take much electricity to do that. A car battery, a tub of water, two
wires and two glass jars . .
[Edited by Don W]
There is one big reason this was not done 100 years ago. It takes 10 to the Nth power hydrogen atoms to run a motor vehicle. By the time you compress
hydrogen atoms up to about 3,000 psi at very low temperatures and load it into your car, you have spent more on electricity (for compressing) than you
spend on gasoline.
The mystery is not how to make hydrogen gas, the trick is how to make it in useful quantities and how to pack ii into containers that make it
Second there are ways of adding water into gas powered carburetors that will increase milage drastically . . something to do with increased
compression . . So what are we waiting for? Tell Osama to stick his oil and we use water. We have lots of that. Lets see him buy weapons of mass
destruction with sand dollars [Edited by Don W]
Water injection into internal combustion - and gas turbine - engines has been around almost as long as internal combustion - and gas turbine -
engines have been around. If you can find an old JC Whitney catalog, you’ll find one or more offered for backyard mechanics.
The addition of water to the fuel/air mixture cools the mixture. Cooler mixtures have more density. More fuel - more umph! - in them, hence go
further or faster. Water also reduces the knock potential of the engine in the case of infernal combustion engines so that you can raise the
compression ratio and rely on water injection to avoid pre-ignition, the bane of the IC engine. It follows this process is not cost effective or it
would already be found on every one of the 15 million cars sold every year in the US of A. So what’s up doc?
I foresee the use of electrify generated by nuclear power plants as the most Green way to convert our 200 million vehicle fleet to hydrogen hybrids.
Our goal? To reduce our fossil fuel consumption to the level - 7 million barrels a day - we can pump inside the US of A. Down from the 22 mb/d we
Footnote: In the "good old days" of my earlier life, fully laden B52s used water injection in the 8 J57 engines on take off. The glorious P&W R2800
- best radial engine of WW2 - used water injection in some applications, for what was called “War Emergency Power.” Planes so equipped carried
enough water for 5 minutes of injection. To engage the water pump, you had to push the throttle past 100%, which had a safety wire block to prevent
accidental engagement. Whatever it did to the engine, it had to go to major overhaul after one application of the water injection. Pilots used WE
power to escape enemy aircraft.
A fully laden B52 meant a full load of JP4 and 4 hydrogen bombs in the internal bomb bays and 2 more hydrogen bombs suspended under each wing in
unguided missiles. Total of 8 H Bombs! Wow! That is indeed “fully laden!”
Article on Extracting Hydrogen from Water
[edit on 6/26/2006 by donwhite]