The idea of a water powered car has been around for quite some time and everyone must have heard this suggestion in the past. The fact is designs for water powered engines have been around for 70 years.
The first such car was demonstrated by Charles H. Garrett in 1935, which reportedly ran for several minutes. The car essentially only had a modified carburetor that included electrolysis plates in the throat of the carburetor. This foray into water fueled cars was reportedly relatively unsuccessful for some unknown reason and research was halted.
The science behind water powered cars is usually through electrolysis of the water to produce a mixture of Hydrogen and Oxygen (called oxyhydrogen, HHO or Brown’s Gas). This gas is then combusted to produce energy.
The overall process can be represented by the following chemical equations:
2H2O 2H2 + O2 [Electrolysis step]
2H2 + O2 2H2O [Combustion step]
The theory has not only been applied to water powered cars but also hybrid cars, which continue to use petrol but use water as a supplement to increase mileage. Around 1970, Yull Brown developed technology which allows cars to burn fuel more efficiently while improving hazardous emissions. In Brown’s design, a hydrogen oxygen mixture (so-called “Brown’s Gas”) is generated by the electrolysis of water, and then fed into the engine through the standard air intake system.
There has recently been a company, Hydrogen Technology Applications, who has patented an electrolyser design. The electrolyser works on the Brown’s Gas theory and they have since trademarked the hydrogen oxygen gas produce as “Aquygen”. The company claims it was developing an alternative to oxyacetylene welding when they stumbled upon this. Company founder Dennis Klein is now in negotiations with a major US auto manufacturer and also has been contacted be the US government who want to produce Hummers that use his technology.
The fact is a lot of research has gone into this field and many people claim that it works. There are a great number of patents, which have been lodged and approved meaning there must be some good science behind this as patents are rejected if they be found to be scientifically unsound. There are also many positive reviews of this technology on the internet.
This technology may just be worth looking into. I had a difficult time finding much information of this topic and if you believe the conspiracy theorists this is because they oil companies have attempted to conceal this information from the public and discredit those associated with these type of alternative fuels. It does seem a little strange that this research is definitely being conducted and has been successful, yet we don’t hear about it.