Hydrogen fuel conversion systems have become quite standardized over the past 18 to 24 months. Most home produced kits are very similar, although it is still worth making sure you get one of the better manuals to guide you through the process.
Man has reached the moon and achieved so many other remarkable technological feats, yet we still struggle to find practical renewable energy solutions. But there is at least some good news in the automotive industry.
As it stands at present, over a quarter million American car owners have employed hydrogen fuel conversion systems in their vehicles. A minuscule percentage has bought a pre-built kit costs upwards of $ 5,000. Most have followed an instruction manual and done it themselves for $ 140 or employed a mechanic for an additional $ 120 or so.
If you get the tuning right, you can save up to 50% on gasoline. The average saving is probably in the region of 20% to 30%. Of course it depends on the fuel consumption and how often you use your vehicle, but for many folk savings from $ 250 to $ 700 a month are not uncommon.
How Hydrogen Fuel Conversion Systems Work
The chemistry of hydrogen production is not terribly complicated. Here we are talking about production of hydrogen (or, more precisely, HHO gas) on an as-required basis, rather than tanks of hydrogen being stored on board a vehicle. By the way, this is a totally safe way of part-powering a hybrid car; the hydrogen is used as soon as it is produced.
With the aid of an instruction manual you, or your mechanic, can build the following basic hydrogen fuel conversion system.
You will need a casing to hold about a quart of water. It needs to be resistant to high temperatures. CPVC tubes are readily available from a plumbing or hardware store and are ideal material. Within the casing an electrode is placed; this can be stainless steel, platinum or other suitable metal. You now have a hydrogen, or hho, generator. An electric current from the vehicle's battery is passed through the water and water forms HHO on contact with the electrode. Hydrogen, or hydroxy gas, bubbles to the surface and is then drawn off via a bubbler to the engine for use as combustible fuel. It burns up to four times more efficiently than gasoline or diesel. It makes sense to create a simple cradle to hold the hydrogen fuel generator in place. It can then be easily dismounted for periodic cleaning.
A hydrogen fuel conversion system will also need an electronic control unit. This connotes the vehicle's ignition to the battery and generator and earths the entire system. It is incredibly simple to make or cheap to buy off the shelf. It is useful to include a control over the amperage passing through the water. It allows you to adjust to 13 amps every so often. Most folk mount it discreetly under the dashboard, but it is all a matter of personal choice.
Apart from some cheap electrical wire, a vaporizer and some hose, that is pretty much all there is to hydrogen fuel conversion systems.