Hydrogen is the simplest and most abundant element in the universe. It can be produced in many ways; from fossil fuels, biomass and by electrolyzing water. Hydrogen produced with renewable energy will allow pollution-free vehicles and finally free us from our dependence on oil.
However, there are a number of obstacles to overcome before mainstream use of hydrogen vehicles can become a reality. Production is currently expensive because of collection and storage. The technology is improving all the time though and whoever discovers the commercially viable method of producing large amounts of hydrogen will be forever remembered.
Hydrogen fuel cells also cost too much currently, so research continues into how fuel cells work. And as well as cost, scientists are trying to figure out how to make a hydrogen fuel cell much more efficient. Finally, hydrogen contains far less energy than conventional gasoline and the maximum range of a hydrogen vehicle is currently around 300 miles. The onboard storage of hydrogen fuel is another area which needs reserach and development.
These are all temporary problems and solutions will be found. There can be no doubt that hydrogen the the fuel of the future – it has to be for the good of our planet.
How does a hydrogen car work today? Well, right now we’re a way away from cars with a hydrogen combustion engine. But hang on, don’t BMW have a hydrogen car? Yes, the BMW Hydrogen 7. 100 have been produced and even if you could afford to buy one, where would you fill it up? Oh yeah…
Ok, so a hydrogen car today? The closest thing you can get to a hydrogen car right now is a “water hybrid”. If you think about it, water is H2O; two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. If you remove the oxygen you’re left with H2 – hydrogen. Sounds too easy? You’re right, it is. The energy required to split the hydrogen and oxygen is more than you’d get by burning the hydrogen produced. What a water hybrid does is produce HHO gas (oxyhydrogen) through electrolysis and then this gas is supplied to the engine.
The HHO gas helps your gasoline burn far more efficiently and it also combusts itself. The result is more power from your engine and better fuel efficiency, ie less gasoline used. The HHO gas simply acts as a catalyst in order to burn your regular gasoline more efficiently. You’ll increase your mileage by at least 25%. As if that wasn’t enough, your engine will be steam cleaning itself every day and will last a lot longer!
Ok, this got a bit technical. Far better to just see the thing in action. There are a couple of videos to watch that show what I’m trying to say. The whole thing will make far more sense. The second video shows an old Ford Escort Station Wagon doing 60 miles per gallon. That’s huge mileage for a beat up old car!