Water Powered Hybrids: The Technology of the Future

March 26, 2012

When people say hybrid, they automatically think of a technology that combines a traditional internal-combustion engine with an electric motor to propel a car. But, the truth is that there are numerous other technologies that can be used in order to create a hybrid car. However fuel efficient and less damaging for the environment the petroleum/electric hybrids may be, they are still using some form of polluting fuel. Some hybrid owners are not entirely concerned about the environmental impact. The truth is that green cars have gained in popularity because fuel costs increased dramatically. The hybrid gained acceptance when they were advertised as eco-friendly solutions.

Nowadays, several technologies have been developed and numerous others are being researched in order to create a new hybrid car, a high mileage vehicle. The current methods include a combination of electricity propulsion and various alternative fuel solutions, such as ethanol, compressed air, or liquid propane. Perhaps the most amazing of all the hybrid vehicles developed is the water-powered hybrid.

Water electrolysis, which is the foundation of this concept, is a process that was researched, documented and demonstrated by William Nicholson and Johann Ritter in 1800. The process would be used to separate chemical components using electricity in numerous applications. In hybrid cars, it is about separating hydrogen from oxygen using a direct current. The product which results from water electrolysis is oxyhydrogen, which is the cleanest fuel ever produced.

When a fuel is assessed to prove its use for propelling a vehicle, there are two main considerations:

  • If the fuel is used for a conventional internal combustion engine, what is the byproduct that results after its combustion?
  • How much energy can be produced using a particular amount of fuel compared to other existing fuels?

The first consideration evaluates environmental impact. When it comes to water, the byproduct of combustion would be steam and that can, by no means, represent a threat to the environment. The second consideration is the financial part. Normally, gasoline is used as a benchmark to compare other fuels as far as energy efficiency. How much energy can be contained in the same amount of hydrogen compared to gasoline? The answers vary from 50 to 70%, but it must also be remembered that this is a technology that is still in its infancy. The best things are yet to be discovered, but the fact is that cars can be propelled using water and that makes water the hybrid technology of the future.

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