The history of HHO technology...
Who invented it?
We used Wikipedia as a starting point for this article.
In the 1970s, Yull Brown, a Bulgarian inventor who emigrated to Australia, developed a technology of producing (through electrolysis) the mentioned gas mixture and its injection into standard issue internal combustion engines (petrol and Diesel), which led to improved combustion of fuel and a cleaner exhaust system. In the time of low-cost oil, poor environmental consciousness and unawareness of the effects of global warming, this idea was not widely supported by the public or business world; it was even declared a sham. However, due to the increasing price of oil in the last few years, HHO generators are becoming a matter of interest as a possible solution for reducing gas consumption on standard vehicles running on internal combustion engines.
So now what? Well nothing!
Cells for producing HHO gas were reduced to two electrodes stuck in a pickle jar. The power efficiency of such a device was around 11% because the majority of electric energy was wasted on unnecessary heating of the jar.
Did the jar work?
You bet it did, but poorly. Cars with small engines and large alternators had a chance of saving. A lot of energy was used to produce a very small amount of oxyhydrogen which did its job perfectly and caused savings. Larger engines did not stand a chance because they had too small alternators and too large engines, hence no savings.
Despite numerous efforts, savings on larger engines were not possible. People became quite sceptical which lead to similar technologies being developed to save on fuel.
Poor results lead to development of new technology
10 to 15 years ago, the development of HHO stopped at pickle jars. It was denounced as a sham because it wasn’t achieving pronounced results. Savings on trucks, boats and machinery were almost non-existing. Oil prices were low so the installation of serious equipment made no sense and would not have paid off.
However, people recognized the chance to, instead of replacing their existing alternators with larger and more powerful ones; install LPG on trucks and Diesel vehicles. LPG was extremely cheap (HRK 3) and you could save up to 30% on finance for any truck. That was a sure thing. HHO was declared a sham and business turned towards a new direction.
Things are changing
The prices of LPG are increasing to such an extent that it will become non-profitable in five years’ time. Installing LOG into Diesel vehicles does no longer pay off. The world is struck by economic crisis which is causing oild prices to constantly rise and drop.
On the other hand, energy efficiency of HHO generators is increasing. We are now able to produce generators that are no longer 11% efficient, but as high as 90% Alternators mainly contain enough energy to produce enough gas to help with combustion and save on fuel so HHO is becoming a very popular way of saving.
Conservation of energy
Low energy efficiency of HHO equipment in jars led many people to a logical conclusion. It reminded them of the law for conservation of energy, which cannot be disputed. At that time, Stanley Meyer and Bob Doyle started the first water-run car in the USA. Its success has never been proven so Faraday’s Law of Thermodynamics was included in the debate on HHO generators.
Where is the error?
The error is in the figures. Water-run vehicle is impossible! (Or perhaps, not? :) . What this really means is that you need to burn fuel in order to set the alternator in motion and that it could produce gas and burn ONLY that gas to start the engine. The result? Enormous losses! A job that does not pay off in any way and produces no results and all who claim that are right.
Water drive is impossible without further discussion!
What is the catch?
The catch with HHO gas is enhancing combustion. In this case, the law hasn’t been broken. Fuel was used to produce other fuel that burns the first one in a better way, which is entirely possible. This is the way it functions and HHO generators are devices that get the job done in an excellent way and use a maximum amount of energy. They burn everything! Nothing is left to be discarded by the side of the road and engines get more power which sometimes needs to be controlled. Engines are not meant to burn just anything (except for Mercedes’ which we think could swallow coal!). The better the engine, the larger the savings.
To be continued, if needed…