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Is a Water Powered Engine for Real?

Mar 28, 2008
Gasoline is a great fuel for cars and other motor vehicles. It delivers lots of energy in a small volume, is (or was) readily available, and because it is a liquid, it is pretty easy to work with. But gasoline comes with some big drawbacks too. It is a limited resource. Burning it causes pollution. And it is starting to cost an awful lot of money.

What the world needs is some other liquid fuel that contains lots of energy, is readily available, and is easy to work with. Water would be ideal for this, except for the minor fact that you can't burn it as fuel. Surely a water powered engine is impossible. Or is it?

If you remember your high school physics classes, you may recall that water molecules consist of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. Hydrogen is a high-powered fuel in itself, and would be ideal for powering a car if we could get it out of the water molecules safely and efficiently when it is needed.

While we don't have the technology to extract massive amounts of hydrogen from water on demand and with high efficiency, we can extract enough hydrogen from water to convert a normal engine into a hydrogen-gasoline hybrid. Instead of getting all the engine's power from hydrogen, you burn a bit of hydrogen with the gasoline to increase the engine's fuel efficiency and reduce the amount of pollution created. Technically, this isn't really a water powered engine, but a system like this is what most people refer to when they talk about a "water powered engine." Already, thousands of people have purchased kits that allow them to do this conversion to their own vehicles.

The benefits of converting your car to one that has a water powered engine include, increasing your gas mileage, protecting the environment, and saving some serious money on gasoline costs. We'll talk more about these benefits in a minute, but first, lets talk a bit more about how you can get the hydrogen out of the water.

Where Does the Hydrogen Come From?

In the form of water, hydrogen is easy to store and certainly won't explode in an accident. All we need is a way to get the hydrogen out of the water when we need it. To do that, we use electrolysis. Electrolysis uses electricity to break down water into its constituent hydrogen and oxygen atoms. It's a common, well-understood process that you probably experimented with in high school science class. Now using electrolysis to generate enough hydrogen to provide all the power for a car as it is needed isn't practical. But generating a smaller amount of hydrogen that can be mixed with the gasoline to improve a car's performance is possible. As a matter of fact, you can buy a kit to convert your own family sedan into a water powered engine today.

Now that we know how this is possible, let's get back to the benefits of actually making this modification.

The Benefits of a Water Powered Engine

There are three main benefits to a water powered engine. Once again, they are:

* Greater fuel efficiency
* Cleaner exhaust
* Reduced costs for fuel

Greater fuel efficiency comes from burning the hydrogen along with the gasoline. Reports claim as much as a 40% increase. Imagine getting 40% more miles per gallon from your car!

Because the hydrogen burns so cleanly while increasing the car's mileage, a water powered engine pollutes less. While reducing pollution isn't a top priority for people when gas is more than $3 per gallon, less pollution is always a positive thing.

Finally, with gas prices hitting record highs and predictions of new records to come, the significantly increased mileage of a water powered engine means big savings on fuel costs.

With gas prices skyrocketing and thousands of hydrogen-gasoline conversions on the worlds roads, isn't it time for you to start thinking about converting your car's engine into a hydrogen powered engine?
About the Author
Bill Mann is a freelance technology writer who helps people benefit from the technology all around us. He is a big fan of alternative fuel systems and strongly recommends that you go to Water Powered Engine to learn more about converting to a water powered engine.
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