Water Burning Conversion Kit- Is It Legit? Maybe

by tj on June 25, 2008

water burning conversion kitOne doesn’t need to be a scientist to remember the very simple fact that water by itself doesn’t burn. And yet the Internet is alive with ads claiming it’s possible to run your gasoline-powered car (with a simple conversion) on good old-fashioned H2O. Even more amazing is that many of these companies claim double the fuel economy of burning gasoline alone.

While I’m not advocating any such claims, I did feel it necessary to look into the alleged process of turning tap water into an energy source. It turns out that there is in fact a legitimate scientific process at work in a water-fueled hybrid conversion kit in that electricity from the car’s battery can be used to separate water (stored in a separate tank from the gasoline) into a gas known as HHO (2 parts hydrogen, 1 part oxygen). HHO (commonly called Hydroxy) is in fact quite combustible. It is this gas that is ignited in typical internal combustion fashion with the byproduct being water rather hydrocarbons; not unlike the exhaust in the fuel cell process.

There is little concern of hauling a massive tank of water around either as the conversion works to something along the lines of one quart of water produces over 1800 gallons worth of HHO- which when used daily could literally last for months. It’s important to note that gasoline is still required only the car burns less of it thanks to the hydrogen injection.

I was skeptical at first, but the science behind the process is sound anyway. I have yet to conduct a test of an H20 burning hybrid conversion but will be keeping close tabs on the technology in posts to come.

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