For those of you who want to fuel your car by using FREE water, please stop and think. Your car runs on a fuel that will burn. Then remember that you throw water on a fire to put the fire out.
Using water for fuel is like using ashes to heat your house. Ashes are what you get after wood has been burned. You cannot heat you house by burning ashes.
Water is hydrogen that has already been burned
Water is what is left, after hydrogen has been burned. Like wood ashes, water cannot burn.
Yes, hydrogen is a powerful fuel that does burn explosively. But, when it combines with oxygen, as it burns or explodes, it is converted to water.
Let me say it again, water is hydrogen that has already been burned. You cannot burn it again.
So how does industry make hydrogen?
The bond that holds a pair of hydrogen atoms and oxygen together is very strong. Using some technology and a lot of energy, we can separate the hydrogen and oxygen so they can each be used.
The problem is that it takes a tremendous amount of energy to break the bond that holds them together. The separation of oxygen gas and hydrogen gas from water can only done using massive amounts of energy. The energy that is used most often is electricity.
Yes, you can do it in your car
Splitting apart hydrogen and oxygen can be done on a very small scale under the hood of your car but you must get electrical energy form somewhere to do it.
Folks do it. They even sell kits and instructions for it on the internet. It is a nice high school science experiment but not a way to save money.
What you need to understand is where the energy comes from to split the hydrogen/oxygen bond. Each one of the hydrogen generator cells in a “water for gas kit” has a pair of wires connected to it.
So it must be electrical energy right. So where does the electrical energy come from? You car does not have a long extension cord so it must come from the battery.
What charges the battery? Your car has an alternator that makes electricity to charge the battery.
A “fan belt” powers the alternator. The fan belt is powered by the car’s engine. The fuel that you put in the fuel tank powers the car’s engine. Extra gasoline (petrol), which you paid for, is used to make the extra electricity need to separate the hydrogen and oxygen.
The water for gas kits make explosive hydrogen (and oxygen) by, very inefficiently, using energy from the fuel that you paid for.
There is energy lost every time a conversion from one kind of energy to another takes place. Nothing happens with 100% efficiency.
Count the conversions: Fuel burns to make mechanical motion to make electricity to split the water molecular bonds to release hydrogen.
Save your money.
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