Yes, I agree, Mikey, Dave: this is no perpetual motion machine.
But, as all you know, hydrogen isn't a source
of energy, unless you find it free in nature, a thing that doesn't happen on Earth. The huge majority of hydrogen available on our planet is already "oxidized", that is, converted into water. As you point out, it has been already "burnt".
So, the hydrogen used in hybrids is merely a way to store energy
, energy that has to be provided by another fuel. There are several combustion engines that use it, Manchild.
The only way this new method could "work" is by using less energy to produce hydrogen than other methods
. As far as I know, most hydrogen produced today is made by steam reforming.
This method produces (ironically, for the buyers of "green cars") huge volumes of CO, using this reaction:
CH4 + H2O → CO + 3 H2
I read that you can produce hydrogen by "water splitting": you heat the water to 2.500 centigrades. That is not particularly efficient thermodinamically speaking, I imagine, because of the huge temperature involved. Thanks, Mikey_s, now I understand this is the same process as plasma production.
So, if a process is able to produce hydrogen at more or less ambient temperature, it has (in principle) an advantage over water splitting. It produces chlorine (if salt water is used) as Mikey_s points out, but I believe this element is relatively easy to capture AND is useful for other chemical products.
I cannot produce hydrogen directly from water in my microwave: water would boil well before reaching that temperature (and the plastic door would fuse!
). So, I guess the antennas used by this inventor are NOT tuned to water absorption frequencies. I'd love to know which are the frequencies used: that information would provide Mikey with the data needed to understand "what is being energized". I wonder if it works by matching somehow the frequencies of the bonds between oxygen and hydrogen in water (that's pure speculation on my side...
I really don't understand how that "bond energizing" could be acomplished, if it is feasible at all).
Anyway, here is a new technology for energy storage, that maybe can compete with batteries and that doesn't require a huge refinery
, but could be "decentralized" at each house or fuel station.
Of course, as we have been said many times, most hybrid technologies simply are energy storing technologies.
I think it is really important to find a more efficient way to store electricity (nonwithstanding Manchild rejection of electric cars), because most of the truly renewable sources (wind, solar) produce it and nowadays it cannot be stored: the eternal problem of solar energy, for example, is that is produced in places and at times where it is not needed (during the day or in the middle of deserts).
Besides, the energy storage density of batteries (compared with gasoline) is pathetic. If this method can turn electricity into hydrogen with a reasonable efficiency, it could be useful in transportation.