HHO, or “Aquagen” is a new fuel that can be mixed with gasoline and will improve mileage by 50%. Any truth to this? And in its pure state, what PSI does this “aquagen” require for storage onboard and in wholesale transport? Hydrogen requires 10,000 PSI; what does HHO require? How much energy is required to manufacture this gas? What’s the difference between this and “Brown’s Gas,” or “Oxyhydrogen”? In burning apparently HHO turns into harmless H2O. Is this a bunch of green snake oil, or is this another exciting and very real innovation?
We once received an email to the editor, requesting anonymity, stating a 747 jet had been modified to use water as fuel. Then again, on the internet one can find supposedly sworn testimony from USAF officers stating a craft the size of Manhattan emerged from the ocean and flew into outer space.
Ref: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa1meqFFjjM This is a news video reporting on a Florida entrepreneur’s “water technologies and the powerful forces who want to get their hands on them.” There is a commenter to this video makes this observation: “News anchors don’t do much research and obviously, neither do you. You should study the WFC (water fuel cell) videos on youtube. Conventional electrolysis is slow and costly and generates heat.”
Here we learn: “This technology is practically indistinguishable from Brown’s Gas systems. The electrolytic process used is claimed to be more comparable to “Magnegas” than traditional electrolysis, but because the water especially is made conductive, via electrolyte, the 1′st and 2′nd laws of electrolysis apply. There is an ongoing debate as to the novelty of electric arc technology as compared to electrolysis, but for the time being distinction will remain. The generator produced by HTA in Florida is a quality machine that will help the progress of the Brown’s Gas industry, my only qualm is the confusion introduced by the creation of the novel term “HHO” that represents a gas that is practically indistinguishable from Brown’s Gas. The gas has the exact same properties as Brown’s Gas, and the only way to make distinction in on a molecular level whereas “HHO” is claimed to contain a novel magnecular bond different than an Ionic bond, a Hydrogen bond, and a Covalent bond. With the introduction of HHO as a new phenomenon, the long history of the gas is not considered, showing much disrespect for a now deceased Yull Brown and hundreds of other individuals working with Brown’s Gas technology worldwide. ”
But the hype goes on… From here: http://www.fuelfromh2o.com/how-it-works.html “A fallacy out there is that it takes more energy to produce the HHO than the energy it releases. Not at all true, that’s why there are HHO generators available out there. You can produce HHO [at what rate?] with as little as 1.5 volts DC and an amp of current.”
Even if 100% of the usable electricity used in the electrolysis could be converted into usable “aquagen,” it can’t be seen as a source of energy, any more than hydrogen can. It has to be manufactured using electricity that presumably was itself manufactured somehow. If it improves auto mileage by mixing with gasoline, the amount of this improvement in MPG has to be reduced to the extent energy was used to create the electricity required. Is there a net energy savings? Is there damage to the engine? How much cleaner are the emissions? How much do these units cost? Are they practical?
Bottom line – we want to keep our eyes on claims like this, but like the air car, which Wired Magazine exposed in their report “Air Car Caught in Turbulence,” reality doesn’t always live up to the claims of the makers. Regarding the air car: “By MDI’s grudging admission, the prototypes do not yet live up to their promised levels of performance. In fact, in the only published road test to date, one of the cars traveled a little over seven kilometers (4.5 miles) on a full tank of air.”
You can never get more energy out of something than you put into it. We want to try to track all of these novel technologies, but with most of them there is less than meets the eye. Green snake oil has been bottled and sold since the first earth day – the ageless purveyors just added a tinge of green – and now more than ever we all want to find the magic salve.