Water Fueled Torch

Posted on 11 December 2006 Tags: Green


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So what’s the next new alternative fuel – water. Sounds hard to believe. Check out this video and you might think differently. This guy has created a blowtorch out of water and electricity. He’s also fueled his own car with the same methods and can travel hundreds of miles on only ounces of water. Seeing this kind of innovation really makes you wonder what in the hell automakers have been doing all these years.

13 Comments For This Post

  1. Steve Says:

    Interesting, but how does it work, if it takes electricity to make the product work, how does he get the electricity? Sounds like Ethanol in that it requires more fossil fuels to produce the fuel than would be used if you just used the fossil fuel!

    Any information would be appreciated.

  2. James Says:

    I stumbled upon this page. The story is a bit misleading. Although the car uses only 4 oz. of fuel on the trip, the car is still burning gasoline. All car alternators generate more electricity than the car needs to operate the electrical devices. This man has used this extra generated electricity to break down water into its components (hydrogen and oxygen) and supplements the gases into his fuel.

    To run exclusively on water, he would need to take along a bigger battery (or he wouldn’t get very far). Running the alternator to generate the gases and then burning the gas which runs the alternator which generates the gases…ad infinitum….it doesn’t work like that. You wont get more energy out of the system than is there to begin with (the battery).

  3. lunk Says:

    You can touch the tip of the burning torch!?!

  4. Sinn Ofren Says:

    “The Flame instantly turns hotter than the surface of the sun”? Noway it can be in his room without setting everything on fire.

  5. Garp OTB Says:

    It’s been known about for decades. It’s something that’s been dubbed at some point – Brown’s gas. There’s a company in China that produce machines the same as his welder (they do three different sizes apparently), all very clever – separate the oxygen and hydrogen in the water into gases and combine and burn. There’s even tales of South American tribes who’ve used a certain type of wood, that when wet and placed in the correct part of a fire would produce this type of flame, used for blowing rock pots or something. http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=brown's+gas&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a
    that’ll give you more than I have a clue about.

  6. Ed Says:

    It’s a scam, and Fox seems to have carried it as a proper news story because they have no idea what science is about. Rhodes first patented this in 1966, Brown ripped it off in 1973 and now Klein’s doing the same scam. It was found to be simple electolysis, which requires more energy to liberate the hydrogen and oxygen from the water than the energy that burning the resultant gas provides. It’s just not efficient, because the third law of thermodynamics holds firm… Scammers who pretend this is bone fide are just cheeky, profiteering, scientific ignoramuses…

  7. Mookey Says:

    as far as i know there is no way to break water into hydrogen and oxygen in anything more effecient than a 1:1 process, and thats at 100% effeciency which is impossible. Electrolysis of water gives you the same amount of chemical energy in the form of H2 and O2 as you input in the form of electricity. Note that you aren’t helping the enviornment since electricity is made by burning fossil fuels.

  8. Mangetout Says:

    Steve Says:
    Interesting, but how does it work, if it takes electricity to make the product work, how does he get the electricity? Sounds like Ethanol in that it requires more fossil fuels to produce the fuel than would be used if you just used the fossil fuel!

    It’s not the same – there’s no fundamental reason why ethanol *must* require more energy in the form of fossil fuels than it yields – because the system has a net energy input from the sun, while the sugar cane or corn, or whatever, was growing. It just happens to be the case at the moment that ethanol is fairly costly (in terms of fossil fuels) to produce – that’s an efficiency problem, not a thermodynamics one, so it can in theory be overcome.

    This water-burning scheme, on the other hand, cannot yield more energy than it consumes, because there is no free energy input. That’s a thermodynamics obstacle, and cannot be overcome.

  9. Mangetout Says:

    Sinn Ofren Says:
    “The Flame instantly turns hotter than the surface of the sun”? Noway it can be in his room without setting everything on fire.

    Yes it can, because it’s very much smaller than the sun, so the total heat produced is far less. The temperature of the filament in a halogen flashlight bulb isn’t far off the temperature of the sun’s surface.

  10. Mike Says:

    This is actually one of the few blogs that I want to keep up with.

  11. bill Says:

    by using the hydrogen gas to power a steam turbine…turning a altinator type of generator…recharging your startup source….plus storing the excess in the form of…gas or electricity….i would say, that,if you doubt it, build your own,
    and discover what i did……what to do with all that energy….
    i anticipate within a year..i’ll be OFF the grid ,as far as electrical bills…..i even use solar panels ,to start the reaction…then down the line,i added a battery charger….WOW!.
    that called for an additional drum(55gal.) for cooling purposes alone…it has to be carefully monitered…calculate your average use in a day(kw’s)….then put a timer on it (wifey’s contribution)…..not selling anything,won’t even give you a website….i researched this on my own,you can too….i just got tired of paying,paying,paying…..re-direct your money back into your pockets…..get mad at the electric company,the gas company
    petrol dealers….they have brainwashed us into believing WE need THEM…..granted they make it easier…for a price(which they control)….and don’t even get me started on eco-destruction!!!
    BUILD YOUR OWN….pass the word…oh yea, this device is so simple,if it doesn’t work….you built it wrong,try again

  12. frankark Says:

    id like to know more

  13. Virtus Says:

    hydrogen is the main component of rocket fuel ( unless NASA changed the formula in the last 2 years )

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