I volunteer to gather eyewitness info on water into hydrogen.

I'm a beginning engineering student and my dad is also an engineer. He is pretty skeptical and he recently told me of someone he knows who is using electrolysis to get better gas mileage in a Toyota pickup. I'm not sure, but it seems he is using secondary voltage to power the split and then burning it. He claims 60 mpg. If you guys would like to give me a series of questions/tests, I would love to go to my hometown and ask/perform them, then report back. Any takers?

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So I may in fact try this my question is has anyone tried platinum electrodes? I may have some in a back bin some ware. They seem to be the standard used in chem labs, I would love to hear some input from Kiteman on this. My other thought is that a 32 oz wide mouth Nalgene bottle would be a more robust container than the standard mason jar/juice bottle, my primary concern is weather it would react at all and temperature rating.
according to http://www.kitco.com/charts/liveplatinum.html
it closed on July 11 2008 at $2,018 USD per ounce.

If you do have some just lying around in a bin somewhere please send me some.
Think thin plating, not solid.
skunkbait9 years ago
Any reccomendations for the best electrodes for electrolysis? I've tried aluminum and steel with decent results, but they seam to degrade quickly. Would stainless steel work?
bowakowa (author)  skunkbait9 years ago
I have a bit of an update. My dad's work buddy is doing something on these lines now. I don't have all the particulars yet, but will try to get them soon. I do have a question spurred by the story. Are you using some sort of hydrogen peroxide solution to bubble your air intake? He apparently is, and has reported gains. I've not yet substantiated anything, but am still interested. I'll try to get an answer for you on the electrode materials. My guess is a high electronegativity would lead to less degradation, but I can't claim to really know how the behavior changes under electromagnetic charge. What are you using as an electrolytic solution? It could be the culprit. Non-reactive metals might be the ticket in that case, but probably more expensive.
Not using the Hydrogen Peroxide solution for the air inake, but certainly interested. I am using a distilled water and pure baking soda solution in the device. I tried using salt, with apparent success, but decided I might be making chlorine gas, and worried about sodium buildup on the throttle-body, so I went to baking soda.
SODIUM build-up? Baking soda is SODIUM bicarbonate.
I know, but the salt method got crusty real quit. The baking soda doesn't seem to build up like that.
Did you try stainless in baking soda yet? I was reviewing my set-up and recalled that stainless has a 1g chloride per liter resistance. BAKING SODA DOSN'T HAVE CHLORINE! Wow, do I feel stupid. That's probably why my electrode only lasted 8 hours.
Haven't tried stainless yet, but that's probably the next step. My aluminum's done ok, but only lasts about 20 hours. Someone suggested chrome-moly, but I couldn't afford much of that.
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