Loads of websites offer to teach you the secret of how to run your engine on water, mostly for a fee. For example Water4Gas.com say, on there enormously long and infomercial-like web page, you can halve your mileage and boost your performance by running your car on water.
Sound like bullshit to you? Of course it is bullshit!
Hydrogen Fuel Cells:
Fuel cells are a totally different technology to what we are talking about here, real fuel cell does run on hydrogen but produces electricity which is used, in this case, in electric cars, the scamers selling HHO will talk about their product being a “fuel cell” but it is not!
The HHO theory:
The theory usually goes goes something like this (there are many variations on “how it works”, often even on the same web-page); electricity from your engine’s battery is used to separate the water into its components, oxygen and hydrogen, which are then introduced in to your engine via the engine’s air intake along with the fuel the engine it was running on in the first place – the result being that somehow you use less fuel and/or get better mileage.
The HHO reality:
How could this not be true? After all anyone who has played will electrolysis will tell you how it creates a very flammable gas.
The thing is it takes a lot more energy to separate your water into oxygen and hydrogen (often called “HHO”) than there is energy available in the HHO when it burns, and the energy used to make the HHO came from your engine which means the energy to make the HHO came from your fuel, so you use more energy creating HHO than there is available to gain from it by burning it.
To put it another way, if the device operated as claimed the combustion cycle would start and end in the same state (starting with water and ending with water) while extracting usable energy, thereby violating the first law of thermodynamics, the conservation of energy laws, making it a perpetual motion machine.
Often, as a response to people like me citing the laws of physics, the HHO scammers will change tack and start saying that the HHO does not burn in the engine, that it acts as a catalyst, or that it acts like a catalyst, to improve the efficiency of your engine. This is so psudo-scientific that it makes my head spin, there is no catalyst here and nothing acts like a catalyst (except for a catalyst, I suppose).
They will tell you that the HHO apparatus runs on the “excess energy” your engine’s alternator produces. There is, of course, no such thing as excess energy.
Your alternator makes as much energy as is demanded of it, no excess. Not much energy is demanded of it most of the time, but turn on the lights, or your air conditioning or your HHO machine, and your alternator will have to produce more energy; this energy has to come from somewhere, it comes from your engine which means you burn more fuel.
Recently the scammers have changed direction again, now they say that the ways the technology works mentioned above are not correct. Now they say that the hydrogen introduced makes your fuel “burn more efficiently” or “burn more completely”. They talk about how you engine is only 40% efficient and how the HHO enables more fuel to be burnt resulting in greater efficiency.
Again, this is a gross misrepresentation of the truth. You engine is only about 40% efficient but the other 60% of the energy is not in unburned fuel, it is wasted in noise and heat. A well tuned engine will burn well in excess of 95% of its fuel so even if HHO did work (and I assure you it does not) then you would only see a few percent increase.
Even more recently I have heard talk of “how it works” by using the vehicles kinetic energy when it slows down to make hydrogen, in other words the hydrogen is stored kinetic energy which would otherwise be lost in the brakes – if this were true, and it is not, then the increase in efficiency would be minuscule.
This nonsense all comes from a guy called Stanley Meyer who’s invention in the 1990′s was claimed to use high frequency pulses of electricity to separate the water into its component parts. His claims about his “Water Fuel Cell” and the car that it powered were found to be fraudulent by an Ohio court in 1996, he produced not a shred of evidence that any of his devices operate as he claimed and he was forced to refund the investors he had defrauded.
The scammers trying to sell this HHO idea are deliberately confusing you, mixing ideas, muddling real technologies into their nonsense; talking of the engine burning the HHO one moment, then of fuel cells, then hybrids, then catalysts, then citing different technologies as examples of how theirs works. These guys even contradict themselves, often several times, on their own web pages, it is all designed to confuse you enough into trying it for yourself.
The Evidence (or lack of it):
They hide behind pseudo-scientific words and theories; conspiratorial theories about oil companies; long, confusing meandering deliberate sidetracks. This is all entirely consistent with scams, it is “smoke and mirrors”, it is a text-book model of how to run a confidence trick.
There is one thing which is consistent in the HHO scam however, they never offer any proof at all. They will often talk about how much fuel they save (and you could too!) but they never have any kind of proof available, just anecdotal examples of how much money they, their friends, their customers have saved.
There are even HHO forums on the internet where you can discuss these “technologies” with “common folk” like you (presumably the scamers themselves, but also maybe people who have yet to realise or admit that they have been conned).
They will tell you people like me don’t know what we are talking about… that we are “narrow minded”… that we don’t understand… that HHO works… that they have doubled their mileage… and so on… all you have to do is try it! Try posting to these forums that it is a scam or ask too many questions and they ban you and deleted what you wrote (this is what happened to me on this forum).
So sue me:
I am so sure this is a scam that I invite the scamers to sue me – bring it on! – something like 10,000 people have read this page and yet no takers to shut me up…
“Anyone who says HHO works is either a con-man or grossly mistaken!”
If you still don’t believe me then read these:
If you still want to try it:
If you still want to try it then you have either you have not read what i have to say or you have not understood me, please use my contact page or comment below and let me know why I’m wrong.
Whatever you do, don’t pay for the information, it is all freely available on line:
- On my download page you can get the eBook for free.
- waterpoweredcar.com has Stanley Meyer’s plans available for free.
- As does this page.
A very American idea:
It is a very American idea; to distrust the authority of all those “so called experts”, that a uneducated backyard tinkerer can prove all those “elitist scientists” wrong. Unfortunately in this instance your distrust of authority is being abused, you are being sold a lie. Think about it for a moment, it is like saying your better informed than me because I went to university, the uneducated are better educated than the educated, it makes no sense.
Although these are all Wikipedia entries, and therefore of dubious reliability, these happen to all be of excellent quality and well cited:
- Water fuelled car (not HHO)
- Hydrogen powered vehicles (not HHO)
- Oxyhydrogen (not HHO)
- Fuel cells (not HHO)
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