The “water powered car” is a load of utter crap. Water is a stable substance, it doesn’t have the chemical energy to power anything (and note I said CHEMICAL energy before anyone blathers about waterwheels or hydroelectric generators).
What do you get when you burn hydrogen? That’s right, water. Water is the the “ash” of hydrogen. Its chemical energy has already been released. To use it again you have to re-input the energy, by electrolyzing the water. And nonsense about “synergism” be damned, you’re not getting more energy out of the process than you put into it. The more electricity you use to create the hydrogen, the bigger the drain on the engine.
Seriously, do people think this wouldn’t be in widespread use already if it actually worked? Oh, right, the automakers wouldn’t let them produce it. I guess China, Japan, and other nations choose to stay dependent on foreign oil because foreign automakers make strategic decisions for them.
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What part of “before you naysayers start blabbing about the second law of thermodynamics” didn’t you get? Firstly, internal combustion is rather inefficient, and cars produce quite a bit of surplus electricity. Secondly, we’re not talking about a self contained system.
Besides, using your logic, superchargers are a bunch of crap and could never work either because you can’t get more energy out of a system than you put into it. Why do you think superchargers aren’t in every car in the world? They OBVIOUSLY don’t work.
We can sit around theorizing about shit all fucking day long, but the ONLY WAY TO KNOW IF IT WORKS IS TO TRY IT. Scientists once said that space travel was impossible, and that computers would forever be the size of a huge room.
If this DOES work, I the the reason it hasn’t been encorporated wide-scale is mutifaceted - one, fuel has been fairly cheap until recently. two, people’s knee-jerk reaction to the concept is just like yours… they dismiss it without even trying it or really even thinking about it, despite the fact that there may be going on with the reaction than we are consciously concieving. third, it’s a fairly new idea and I don’t think all the ramifications about having water vapor travel through your cylinder heads and exhaust have been discovered just yet.
I’m not trying to say, “dude this is awesome, lets all go out and buy it” - I’m trying to say, “if this is so impossible and such bullshit, then why are people making it themselves and proclaiming such great results?” That’s why I posted this - I wanted to know if anyone here has tried it or knows anyone who has. I know it may contradict high school physics, but that doesn’t mean it doesnt’ work.