posted on Sep, 30 2011 @ 02:21 PM
I did experiment for a whilst using a home made hydrogen fuel cell, and i did manage to get increased miles per gallon.
but there is a downside that i was not aware of until i tried it.
the hydrogen comes from water, the hydrogen and water vapour both go into the cylinder (you cannot completely stop this), after a while this water
vapour attacks the piston and valve heads :- deteriorating the surface area.
the only way to stop this is to strip your engine down and have the pistons and valves heads coated with a ceramic layer, which incidentally doesn't
i also found that a car which has a computerised engine management system doesn't work properly with hydrogen fuel cells as the computer is programed
to only allow the car's engine to run at specific air/fuel ratio's i.e the computer fights against the increased fuel economy gained by the fuel
you would therefore have to install your hydrogen fuel cells on a car which is rather old and doesn't have a computerised control system managing air
and fuel mixes.
another problem comes from the materials available for construction, after a while metal used for the coils/plates (marine grade alloy) in the cell
deteriorates and this eventually causes a very large short, the only way to stop this is to use another type of metal which is currently restricted
because of it's military use as the casing for atomic devices. until this material is allowed to be sold for general use effective hydrogen fuel
cells are unobtainable for your average person.
I was also toying with the idea of an electric car which doesn't need to be recharged, i.e it generates the power it needs in the vehicle, one idea
was to remove the engine ect and install a large industrial motor connected to the gear box in the car and using a series of magneto's driven by the
motion of the vehicle along with alternators to keep the batteries going this would also require some power inverters.
the other option is to build a car from scratch and have individual motors for each wheel each with it's own power inverter, magneto and alternator,
the catch with this is controlling the speed of the vehicle as the smallest of variances can cause a large difference in speed.
these systems would both require a boot full of deep cell batteries and one hell of a multi charging circuit.
There is a car manufacturer in japan that made an engine run on compressed air, with the car having an in built compressor and storage tank, that
design is very feasable at the moment, along with electric cars, water cars :- it's just too hard to get the correct grade of materials.
in the early 1980's GM mada a car which was electric and didn't need recharged, the cars were sent to select clients for trial and after getting the
results they hid the designs, took the cars back and crushed them down to door height, these cars are still sitting half crushed on the car
transporters at the back of GM's storage facility.
in the mid 1960's there was a water based car called hydro, the car now sits inside a museum, the designs are patented and not allowed to be
in the 1980's stanley myres built a water fusion generator and was getting ready to release it, well you know what happened to him.
in the 1990's in larkhall, scotland, an inventer designed a spark plug replacement which would allow a car to run on any type of water, including mud
water, he refused to sell out, built himself a large shed in his garden and was about to mass produce them, you can guess what happened to him.
there have been hundereds of varying designes over the years and the inventers either sold out or just vanished.
our governments and the oil/gas company's would stop at nothing to ensure we don't have these technologies, be careful if you get one working.
on a positive note, honda and mg both have a car which runs on hydrogen fuel cells, in their breifing they stated that the fuel cells would last for
250,000 miles before they ran out, both these cars are currently banned from sale everywhere except japan, you aren't even allowed to import one, the
car manufacturers weren't even allowed to import one as a demonstration of the technology. i also remember reading somewhere that honda could very
easily mass produce these at the same price as your average saloon car.