Things To Consider Concerning HHO Powered Hybrid Conversions
Cost To Convert Vehicle to Run on HHO :
You should realistically budget between $750 and $1000 unless you are a pretty good mechanic. If you are frugal and can do basic automotive mechanics you could do it for just over half that amount. Figure out the pay-back time at 30% increase in fuel mileage. You may gain as much as 50% more fuel mileage but that is the exception.
Warranty: Chances are any modification to your fuel system, intake etc. will void your warranty. However, it is the law that an auto manufacturer or automobile dealer has the onus of proof that the specific modification you made to your engine was directly responsible for any damage to your engine. Nevertheless, I recommend modifying older vehicles and, if possible sticking with vehicles with a carburetor and no engine management computer.
Use of Chemicals: While Stanley Meyer designed a system that breaks down pure, distilled water into HHO or Brown’s gas his HHO generator stood over 24 inches tall and was a good 15 inches or more in diameter. Few vehicles could fit the Stanley Meyer type HHO generator under the hood. His technology was buried and never proven in the real world possibly because he died prematurely from poisoning. Some say that when he refused to give into the oil companies they silenced him. Who knows?
Rod Type HHO Generator
Currently, I’m testing a new design that uses mineral water rather than a strong alkali like potassium hydroxide or sodium hydroxide. This unit stands just over 12 inches tall and is only 2.25 inches in diameter.
It has 49 SS rods or the high output version has 96 SS rods in the same clear acrylic case. These units can be connected in series for plenty of Brown’s gas output. Click on HHO Generator to view this unit.
Another proven design you should consider is using a dry plate generator design that uses an electrolyte. The electrolyte enables current to flow between the plates through the electrolyte fluid. The electrolyte is made by mixing distilled water with a chemical like Potassium Hydroxide or Sodium Hydroxide, common household lye. This is a dangerous alkaline and is extremely corrosive to aluminum engine parts. It can also burn the exposed skin and blind someone who is careless and got the liquid in their eyes.
On the plus side the HHO dry cell designs are very compact and relatively efficient since only the actual SS plate surface is exposed to the electrolyte there is little loss of input energy.
The HHO dry cell uses a reservoir to hold the electrolyte and provide space for the Brown’s gas to accumulate before feeding into the intake manifold of your engine. This design results in pressurizing the storage reservoir. The pressure plus gravity flow circulate the electrolyte through the cell. This circulation also helps keep temperatures down.
Convenience: Most systems require some fiddling to extract the best results. You’ll need to keep a close eye on both the “amps” drawn to power the HHO generator and to maintain plenty of electrolyte in the reservoir. If it runs dry you could have the generator suffer a “melt-down” or at least it could turn the remaining fluid to steam and rapidly increase the current draw. However, there are safeguards you can install to cope with these issues.
Choice of Vehicle
Space under the hood can be an issue though the modern dry-plate units are very compact. You’ll still need space for a reservoir for the electrolyte.
Newer cars with their O2 sensors and modern engine management computers are difficult to optimize for maximum fuel mileage gains. You see, the HHO burns so cleanly in your engine that the exhaust exits the cylinders with way more Oxygen content than the auto manufacturers’ specifications.
So, you’ll have to trick your engine management computer into seeing O2 levels that fall within manufacturers’ specs. There are just a few companies that manufacturer special engine “chips” that can trick the Engine Management Computer.
The ideal setup is to install a unit on a vehicle with a carburetor. HHO conversions also work well with diesel engines because their emission control systems are much different than gasoline engines. HHO helps extract all the energy from diesel fuel and lowers emissions. For space reasons I recommend converting an older truck that has no O2 sensor and uses a carburetor.
HHO generator units that are excessively large can draw more current than some vehicles’ alternator can keep up with. So, some vehicles may need to have a high capacity alternator installed. One work around is to install a Pulse Width Modulator that makes any HHO unit work far more efficiently on fewer amps.
Myths The Oil Companies Want You To Believe
It is true that a sloppy installation can be less than safe. And, the web site that tells people to build their HHO generator in a glass Mason jar is just begging for a law suit. That’s insane!
However, the auto manufacturers and oil companies use scare tactics when talking about using Hydrogen as fuel. Here’s the actual facts:
One gallon of water stores more energy than a tank of gasoline yet it is the perfect storage medium. Water of course is totally safe to transport unlike gasoline.
The Hydrogen generator designs on the market generate HHO or Brown’s gas, on demand. The amounts are very small. The small quantities are securely piped into the intake air just before it enters the intake manifold.
By using a couple of “bubblers” in line with the Brown’s gas intake line any flashback would ignite a tiny amount of HHO and then extinguish in the water in the bubbler. The bubbler also scrubs out any residual particles of lye or other caustic electrolyte before it can reach the engine.
Good units have a built in blow-off valve that safely vents any ignited gases; however, this is virtually unheard of when a system follows simple safety precautions.
Another myth is that if everyone used water to fuel their vehicle we would soon run out of water. The idea goes that we need to conserve water for drinking. This is pure poppycock. When HHO gas burns it turns directly back into pure water. There is zero pollution and the water is recycled by your engine immediately.
Pros of Converting to a Water Powered Hybrid
Better fuel mileage and less reliance on foreign oil, That means less pollution, less Arab BS and less greedy oil companies sticking it to us.
Zero or low pollution. A hybrid still uses gasoline so there will still be some residual pollution. However, the HHO hybrid engine is so much cleaner than a typical gasoline engine you could breath the exhaust gas (not recommended!). Whether you believe in global warming or not the fact is that the exhaust from HHO hybrid vehicles is cleaner than the ambient air in cities like Los Angeles. These vehicles would actually act as air scrubbers improving the air quality of cities over time.
HHO powered engines run far cleaner internally than gasoline or diesel powered engines. Any unburned hydrocarbons are steam cleaned out of your engine so there is less wear and tear. Your oil stays much cleaner as a result so your engine will actually last longer.
Are you sick of paying more than $3.50 a gallon for gasoline only to see the prices continue to rise? The U.S. Department of Energy predicts OVER $100 per barrel for oil and $5/gallon gasoline prices by the end of 2011.
Are you sick of lining the pockets of the billionaires in the oil game that rake in obscene salaries while people like you and I suffer as we struggle to put enough gas in our cars to get to work each day?
If so, maybe you, like many other people, would like to find a better way to fuel your car. After all, where is it written that we have to use gasoline. Other products throughout the years have been tested but most tests of products have been halted because they infringe on the profits of the big money oil tycoons.
Naturally, with today’s gas prices, you are thinking about alternate ways to make your car run without the high cost of gasoline. You have probably also noticed that there are ads on the internet about making your car run on water and have most likely wondered “what’s that all about?”
Can you really make your car run on water and if so, how? Actually automobile manufacturers and even Exxon are already experimenting with this possibility. Hydrogen operated cars are in the future for all of us though it could be fuel cells.
Imagine being able to apply the power of electrolysis to regular tap water so you can break it down into hydrogen and oxygen, on demand? This is not some pipe dream but reality.
Why aren’t water operated cars already being used? They are being produced, just not yet introduced to the public. It took more than 20 years for the electric car to be introduced to the public. The electric car, such as the Tesla sports car, runs solely on electric energy and there is nearly a one year waiting list for the car even at a price tag of over $100k.
Clearly, there is a need for Americans to run their cars on something other than gasoline. Even GM has finally gotten back into electric cars with the new Chevy Volt. But, you still have to switch to gas engine power if your charge runs out.
What we do not realize is that gasoline is not a required fuel it is an alternate fuel that we use to get our cars to run. Gasoline and natural gas used to be cheap. It used to be the most inexpensive way to get a car to run and natural gas used to be the cheapest way to heat a house. What other ways were there to heat a house? Electricity. But for some reason, natural gas and oil heat won. It was considered the cheaper alternate.
Then environmentalists began to study the emissions the gasoline was making into the air and saw that it was really adding to pollution. People like to pick on environmentalists a lot. They like to call them “tree huggers” and other names. But in truth, if it wasn’t for these folks who are willing to stick their necks out to make sure we have clean air and water, we wouldn’t have clean air or water. Even those who do not consider themselves environmentalists can appreciate that. Just look at China and Russia to see how the environment fares when no one pays any attention to the environment.
So environmentalists began to make sure the emissions in the cars were not polluting the air as much. Ethanol is now used to add to gasoline so that it runs cleaner but ethanol does not improve emissions. Worse yet, ethanol increases your fuel consumption. You will see up to a 10% decrease in your MPG when using ethanol blended gasoline. Ethanol is is just a political scheme to provide corn farmers with a subsidy paid by all Americans who have to buy gasoline. But, now the demand for corn increases the cost of corn for food for livestock and even people. Yes, the government has stuck it to us again!
The price of gasoline fluctuates. But it has continued to rise steadily since the 1970s. U.S. oil production peaked in the early 1970’s and has been declining ever since, despite advances in production technology;
In 1970 we imported 28% of the transportation fuels we consumed. Today we import over 65% (Energy Information Administration);
Since we began importing our oil, we have found that we are pretty much being blackmailed into paying whatever price is set by the overseas cartel. And as the price of oil has risen over the years, the value of the dollar has declined.
Since 1913 the value of the dollar has lost 90%+ of its value…
But this is not a history lesson about oil and how it has continued to rise in price, along with the cost of gasoline that is made from this oil. This is about beating the oil barons at their own game and still getting your car to run well.
If you convert water into hydrogen and oxygen, you can use water, ordinary tap water, as a fuel instead of gasoline in your car. Sounds too good to be true? Ford and Chevy are already experimenting with hydrogen operated cars. Exxon even has come out with commercials about their research into hydrogen for fuel. But, again, it will be years before they reach the pubic, and when they do, you can bet that there will be waiting list a mile long for those cars.
Meanwhile, converting your vehicle to run 100% on water (actually Hydrogen and Oxygen) is not practical. The hydrides required to efficiently and safely store pure hydrogen are classified as a strategic metal for national defense. The government (again) prevents their purchase from the open market.
However, you can substantially increase your fuel mileage by supplementing gasoline with HHO that is commonly known as Brown’s Gas produced on-demand. HHO stands for two parts Hydrogen and one part Oxygen which is what you get ;when you break down water H2O via electrolysis.