Water powered car

(Via R S Malapati) Reuters reports Water-fuel car by Genepax unveiled in Japan

The car has an energy generator that extracts hydrogen from water that is poured into the car’s tank. The generator then releases electrons that produce electric power to run the car. Genepax, the company that invented the technology, aims to collaborate with Japanese manufacturers to mass produce it.

Thank god that India is not alone in creating fantastic technologies (recall the sensational “invention” of diesel from swirling a few sticks in a bucket of water some years ago.) Google “water fuel” and you will get loads of quite simply unbelievable technologies developed by cranks and crooks. See this one, for instance.

One wonders when people will figure out that you cannot invent perpetual motion machines. It takes energy to break the hydrogen bond that holds the atoms of a molecule of water together. So this energy has to come from somewhere. The Reuters report simply says that the “car has an energy generator” that generates the energy to extract the hydrogen. Wow! Then why not just use the energy from the “energy generator” — why bother with water at all?

OK, it could be that water is the “working fluid” in this set up, just as in an ordinary internal combustion engine (the average car engine), the working fluid is air. You takes a bit of fuel, burns it (in air, as it happens), which provides the required energy to heat up the air in the cylinder, which makes the air expand and you extracts mechanical work out of it, then you takes the expanded air and throws it out (exhaust is the working fluid being dumped), and then you repeats the cycle. But you still need a source of energy — which in the average case is some fossil hydrocarbons.

In that case, water is not the fuel any more than air is the fuel that drives an internal combustion engine. If there is some mysterious technology that simply creates energy out of the blue, let’s hear about it. Or perhaps let’s not hear about it. We have heard reports of cold fusion and it did not pan out the way the inventors claimed it would.

One wonders when will Reuters have some people on staff that have a passing familiarity with basic science.

3 thoughts on “Water powered car

  1. lurker Thursday June 19, 2008 / 8:03 am

    The air power car talked about in this article (see http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7243247.stm) seems to be more promising. The car runs on compressed air that is stored in a tank. The technology is also non-polluting since the by-product is only air.


  2. Notsure Thursday June 19, 2008 / 8:46 am

    The only by product is not “only air”. Thats just hot air talking.
    Its by products include energy that went into compressing air, as well as complete product lifecycle(ie whatever went into making the unit)
    Its got a good potential run. I do think it will be used increasingly, b/c of the work thats gone in non exploding tanks.


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