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How to assemble a HHO Generator and why it works

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How an HHO generator works and helps you save gas

An HHO or Brown gas generator is an interesting and often misunderstood technology.
The Brown gas generator uses electrolysis to split water (H2O) into it´s base molecules, 2 hydrogen and 1 oxygen molecule.
This is why it is often referred to as an HHO gas generator.The HHO in itself is not an alternative to gasoline but a additive
to boost the efficiency of the engine. Gasoline engines are unfortunately not burning gasoline to its full potential. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engine_efficiency
The average gasoline engine in a car is about 18% to 20% efficient. That leaves a lot of room for improvement and Brown gas is one good way of improving the efficiency. The reason for this is simple, the hydrogen is highly flammable much more so than gasoline so when your engine ignites the hydrogen the explosion ignites the gasoline with much better results (cleaner, less waste and fewer emissions) than it would otherwise have done.

Some basics the burn speed of hydrogen is 0.098 to 0.197 ft/min (3 to 6 cm/min) compared
gasoline´s 0.00656 to 0.0295 ft/min (0.2 to 0.9 cm/min).

The hydrogen explosion is so fast that it fills the combustion cylinder at least 3 times faster then the gasoline explosion and subsequent ignites the gasoline from all directions  (it is like putting flue on a fire), instead of just a spark in one end of the combustion cylinder, and we would like to do that because the gasoline only has a short time in the combustion cylinder and if its not fully burnt in that short amount of time then it just goes out the exhaust and is lost.It is also preferable to ignite all of the gasoline when it is under maximum compression in combustion cylinder to get the maximum amount of energy out of it (this is a small time window),whonce the piston starts going down the energy transfer from the explosion to the engine becomes less efficient.

The hydrogen´s higher burn temperature and explosive force is such that it cleans the soot that collects in the engine (it is like having the engine consistent maintains) and with a cleaner engine you get better mileage and fewer oil changes .


 
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DarkStarPDX4 years ago
I'm pretty sure the additional electricity your alternator has to provide to generate the hydrogen outweighs the additional efficiency provided (a.k.a. perpetual motion). Throw some large solar panels on the top of your car/truck to power the HHO generator exclusively and then you might have something.
Yeah he's got a rather poorly designed pseudo electric car. Forget the fact that even with a pretty good energy source thees devices can't produce that much gas/minute. producing the same amount of force from thees it take 3 times the mass of water then gasoline. You rarely see one of thees devices with more than a few gallons of water. And again is you have the perfect device at the theoretical best efficiency 94% (best devices ever made are in the range of 70%, I've not tested this device but a device in a lab under perfect conditions are working at 70% this ain't even close.)
lapsik lucek28 days ago
For every gallon of water you can get 4707 litres of H2, thats at atmospheric pressure and freezing point. So, it would seem on the face of it that H2 production by electrolysis is worthwhile. I agree the main problem is producing enough to properly suppliment your current fuel, but this talk of inefficiencies and costing more to produce than it delivers is hogwash. The weight of an H2 generator is under 10kg fully loaded. The H2 generated will improve combustion, reduce emmissions and should save money long term. Thats 3 positive benefits. "There are none so blind as those who will not see"
lucek lapsik16 days ago

Flat out no it doesn't. Messing with the O2 sensor changes compression increases pollution and damages the vehicle. Adding the trickle of brown gas does just about nothing either way. Don't trust me. Look up tests where the system is turned on and off without messing with the O2 censor. Hell do it yourself. Efficiency increases when the brown gas generator is off.

lapsik lucek16 days ago
3 ways to easily bypass the O2 sensors, remove them, remove the cat(s or fool the ecu into thinking your not running too lean. If you take off the cat(s) you gain a much free'r flowing exhaust. If you then are able to produce sufficient hydrogen to effect efficient combustion then you will have a cleaner burning more efficient SI/CI engine. Just bypassing or removing the O2 sensors wont have a detrimental effect on the engine, it will have a detrimental effect on the cat(s), so best to remove them.
lloydrmc lucek3 years ago
That's the spirit!
Actually, modern day alternators are designed in such a way with such thick windings that the average auto owner will never use more than 50% or 60% of the what the alternator is capable of producing. That includes when you have all your lights on and every accessory in the vehicle going simultaneously. Auto makers have put over sized alternators in their vehicles(at least the domestics) since the mid to late 80s. Which consequently is about when they started EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) as a standard, which an HHO application would require to have any effect anyway. The alternators used in modern vehicle's use electro magnets and voltage regulators in order to be able to restrain the alternators way back as to not over charge the system. Your HHO generator would have to be putting quite a draw to really have much, if any, effect on your engine or fuel consumption.

Long and short, your analysis isn't INCORRECT entirely. There are clearly some variables to be considered in each case. However your line of thinking is more in line with the generators they used to put in vehicles in the 60s and earlier, which had permanent magnets and were affected by every extra voltage draw as opposed to the alternators of today with electro magnets.

Please excuse my rant, I'm by far no chemical expert, I'm just starting my research on HHO generators in automotive applications. I do however know cars and quite a bit about generators and building them, so I just wanted to throw my 2-cents in. Thanks, this rant was fun!

Darkstar is correct, even though an alternator is capable of producing more than what the vehicle needs to run the electronics. It is only generating what is required. There isn't 100 amps of current being generated and simply waiting to get used. As you increase energy demands the magnetic field inside the alternator gets stronger, the engine uses more fuel to overcome the stronger field and in return outputs more energy to meet the demands of the system. The question at hand is, if you have a system that is running at 30A and you add an hho generator that wants and additional 10A. How much more fuel do you have to burn to overcome the additonal load? And how does that compare to the efficiency the hho adds to the combustion process?

Right on the head for the solar panels! Since the govenrment charges us for the water, maybe someday they might charge us for the solar rays we harvest! LOL!

So u say that electrolysis of water takes up more energy than hydrogen explosions?
Hydrogen burning=Chemical energy harvested
Hydrogen separating=bonding energy destroyed
I know u are applying conservation of energy.
But the energy liberated after burning H was not the energy provided by electrolysis.It is chemical energy,it was already there.
Bond energy IS chemical energy. Breaking the bonds in water molecules requires exactly the same amount as is released when those same bonds form in an explosion. wikipedia enthalpy if you would like to know more.
The problem is though, that alternators are not 100% efficient, and nor is the electrolysis process, due to electrical resistance. Therefore, it takes more energy to split the water you get back from the combustion.
HOWEVER
To my understanding, correct me if I'm wrong, but using HHO as a fuel additive isn't as simple as getting only as much energy as the HHO provides, but I think it actually improves the efficiency of the petrol combustion, so you would end up getting more out of your engine despite working the alternator extra hard.
Can someone confirm this?
During electrolysis,H20 separates,so molecular bonds are broken.
during HYRDROGEN explosion,I don't know the actual REACTION EQUATION.So I maybe wrong there.But understanding the amount of energy evolved in a hydrogen gas explosion I don't really think it is supplied by the battery.
Sorry I didn't really understand your response, but am I right in thinking you meant to say:
"Electrolysis supplies energy to breaks molecular bonds. Hydrogen gas explosions release a lot of energy, which was not originally put in by the battery".
If that's what you meant, then this is my reply:

The equation for electrolysis of water is as follows
2H2O + energy => 2H2 + O2

The equation for combustion of hydrogen is thus
2H2 + O2 => 2H2O + energy

It's the exact reverse. Hydrolysis is just a backwards explosion.
If you don't believe me there, here's something to ponder...

The first law of thermodynamics states that "energy can be neither created nor destroyed"
This means that the total energy of the system, in all its forms, must be equal both before and after a reaction. So...
If the system has x amount of energy, provided by the battery to electrolyse the water, where does the extra energy come from which is released by the hydrogen explosion?
The energy has to be in there originally, to be released, so according to your explanation, if you electrolyse water, then combust the hydrogen, electrolyse that same water and repeat 100 times, then the hydrogen would eventually run out of energy because electrolysis doesn't put back in as much as combustion releases...
All you say is right,provided the explosion reaction reaction of hydrogen is the same as you have written.I don't know,though that's logically right(the reaction).
So,yes if thats right then the combustion helps in the fuel burning properly.
:P Thanks :P
nabzim2 months ago

Other metals don't cause steel to rust (oxidize).... oxygen does... And you're producing a whole lot of it when you perform electrolysis of water.

Also, tap water has plenty of electrolytes in it. The only reason tap water conducts any electricity at all, is because of the electrolytes. Pure water doesn't conduct electricity whatsoever, so buying bottled water just to add electrolytes to it, just seems wasteful when you could have used free, electrolyte-filled tap water.

nick222 nabzim1 month ago

Only problem with tap water is that there is no control on the amount of electrolytes in it, that's the reason why it is recommended to use DI or de-mineralized water and add an electrolyte (typically Sodium or Potassium hydroxide) to it in a controlled manner.

ayork5 nabzim2 months ago

Stainless steel is required in the plates and any other part, (or non-corrosive material such as glass, plastic, etc) exposed to the process.

It the picture it appears that the container is stainless steel and the plates are also.

Second, You would not want to you tap water in some parts as it contains chlorine. Chlorine is a very deadly gas and this a another reason you do not want to use table salt, as it will produce Chloride gas also.
So it is much safer to use pure water.

Good day,. is it possible to run a gasoline type engine with only hydrogen from water through electrolysis? if so, what would be the effect on the engine parts? thanks you and God bless.

Is it possible? Absolutely, if we eliminate the bottlenecks. However, the technology to produce that much HHO through electrolysis does not exist. Essentially, your bottleneck is in the alternator. If you're applying 12 volts at 100 amps, as is standard in most alternators, you'll never be able to generate enough HHO to power the engine by itself. You could add more alternators in series along the drive train, but that's going to be stolen from the power output to the wheels. This is why HHO works as a supplemental fuel to increase the efficiency of a gasoline / diesel fuel system, but not as the primary / only fuel for the engine. That being said, if we could find a way to output 100 volts and 1000 amps (guestimates, I haven't done the math because this isn't possible with current technology that I'm aware of) from a super-efficient alternator that could power a standard 15 gallon fuel cell sized HHO cell, this could absolutely work, but as it stands, that does not exist.

MoBsTeR_4211 month ago

People..if you are going to do electrolysis please be aware of the DANGERS in using STAINLESS STEEL for your electrode and cathode...do to the plating process that makes stainless steel, stainless steel using this metal in electrolysis creates the production of Hexavalent chromium (chromium(VI), Cr(VI)) please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hexavalent_chromium for more info and the health risks. It is best to use TITANIUM for the electrode and cathode although titanium is not cheap compared to S.S but much safer to use and produces a much higher grade HHO gas if that is what your going for

BrettD13 months ago

My thoughts are this,

I am absolutely positive that it does increase efficiency but I read most of the post and think it is altogether different reason than what is being discussed..

What do you get when you burn the (H2 + O)? Water again.. .or water vapor, as it is too hot from the reaction.. but anyway.. most cars and combustion engines thrive on water injection.. I think that this is just a very efficient (insomuch as how it reacts in the combustion chamber) way of delivering water injection into the engine.

Many many articles have been written on the advantages of water injection..

What do you think?

Bdd

Thank you and God Bles

Angelo Morgado invented the M.Y.T. (Massive Yet Tiny) Engine which has a much higher efficiency rating than the I.C.E. (Internal Combustion Engine). Moreover there are many other alternative energy systems... Earth Electron Captors, the N-Machine, Electrostatics (Methernitha Machine), Thorium Molten Salt reactors, bead bed reactors, toroidal electron vortex generators, and many others. Many of these Inventions have been proven to work and have already been awarded patents.

The problem with devices like these lies primarily within a flaw in the capitalistic system that we operate within. When an infrastructure has been established that in itself constitutes a large portion of the fiscal and employment market any system that opposes or threatens the stability of said infrastructure is often opposed with vigorous zeal. A good example is how it took the educational infrastructure over 25 years to make textbook changes that supported quantum theory despite the fact that many theories put forth by quantum physicist had already been proven through laboratory observations. Hell... If you read textbooks today they still tell kids in school that Christopher Columbus discovered America. Read the book America B.C. and you will find that many cultures and societies lived in and discovered the Americas long before Columbus.

I don't reply to posts much but I'm going to on this one. I'm an absolute technophile; I love technology, new ideas, new machines, etc. Additionally, I do feel that our society has a "momentum" that inhibits the adoption of new ideas at times. Don't label me as a "hater" or a general "naysayer" though as that is simply not true. I WANT these things to exist and work, but the reality is often very far from that and so I'm forced to be a bit skeptical until there is real proof.

I'm going to pick on the MYT in particular as it is most clearly debunked - just look at the "technical issues and claims" section here:
http://revolution-green.com/raphial-morgado-myt-en...

It's not even a unique idea - it was kicked around clear back in the 1800s and then again in WW2:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swing-piston_engine

If it worked as well as he keeps touting, he'd just build a version running properly on actual fuel and let people see it. He says he has done that and then converted it to air but now is converting it back to fuel. Sounds fishy to me. If it worked so well he'd stop with the goofy sideshow trying to sell a personal jetpack and all that garbage. He'd just make one and let everyone see it running. It sells itself! This is the case of a huge number of these free-energy scenarios. Some amazing idea and it's the world's fault it isn't adopted or the inventors won't explain how to work so they can be sure to keep the idea to themselves. You know what? I call BS. The burden of proof is on the inventor. Prove it works and the world will come to you.

Getting an investor if you have a good idea that is visibly provable isn't terribly hard in this day and age. There is an entire industry of extremely wealthy people willing to throw money at what they feel are good ideas and do so every single day: venture capitalists.

Ignoring the free-energy stuff, you mention bead bed (I assume you mean pebble bed) and thorium molten-salt reactors. I put these totally in a different category. They are based on sound physics and can be proven to work (and have in both cases at various scales). The problem is they pose huge engineering problems before they can be made in the real world. Their lack of adoption is clearly understandable at multiple levels (expense to change over from existing systems for questionable economic beneifts, huge overhead in R & D to get workable designs, etc. etc.) Wikipedia has nice "advantages and disadvantages" sections for both and makes a lot of sense.

<thumbs up> mgrundvig

coogrrr4 months ago

I still hold to the fact that HHO will (with the right parts) increase your ICE vehicle to some varying degree depending on the components you add to it. I believe Hydrogen the main constituent in gasoline to make energy can be had in other ways than burning gasoline. The real issue isnt the HHO nor the ICE. It is that we are combining the 2 items when they should not be.

I postulate that if we made an engine solely with the purpose of burning HHO fuel and no other. We would have to tackle some issues I am sure - but I believe we would design and built an engine nothing like an ICE.

Diesel is the first example of this. The fuel has different burning properties so we build the engine to match the fuel. If anyone knows the difference in a gasoline and diesel engine then they know why this has to be built differently.

Now if you take HHO as your base and work up from there then you will start to design things like different injection systems including multi-per-cylinder-moment-stroke injection systems. You will design combustion chambers that are meant to burn HHO not gasoline and the list goes on.

Why do I say start from scratch? Because water is much easier and more widely available to use as a fuel. The sun can produce the electricity. We can make "Hybrid" systems that use a combination of 2 engines - 1 diesel/gas and 1 HHO to produce onboard electricity - then use electric drive. Stop hooking these engines directly to the wheels - just plain dumb.

Anyway my 2 molecules worth. Not trying to troll or start an argument - just believe we the people can reinvent around a new (old) fuel like HHO and replace what we are doing in a better way. We just need more research into HHO engines - not gasoline engines burning HHO.

That is where I am headed anyway.

RandyC39 months ago

can anyone here tell me how i can hook up an hho generator, purchased online, to a gas genset utilizing one of the plugs without burning up the generator? I was going to run a plug from an outlet too a 15 amp inline fuse to a toggle switch, to the generator, but thought that would produce too much heat from what i read. also how do i measure current with the voltmeter?

DanniM RandyC36 months ago

buy an amp meter

and do you mean heat in the wire?

brian.ripp8 months ago

Most of these "how they work" things seem to over complicate the matter. It isn't so much that fuel isn't burning completely, it is that the fuel is burning to slowly and only a portion of the energy is released at a useful point. by adding even a little HHO gas to the process you speed up the rate of combustion and have more energy released at Top Dead Center, or on the power stroke. more energy released at a useful point. your not adding energy, your merely focusing its release to a point that harnesses it more efficiently. These systems do work, however it requires more than just slapping one in. there is tuning and timing issues, as well as monkeying with the computer system to prevent it from initiating "limp home" mode when the emission readings are lower than they should be.

It is my understanding that hydrogen has a higher octane rating(130, wikipedia), ergo it doesn't ignite as easily through compression. in modern engines this may cause the electronic management trouble, as combustion engines are tuned for a certain octane rating.
ie,
simplistically calculating through ratios, at 20% hydrogen and using 95RON gasoline you end up with a 9RON mix.
The existence or not of problems depends largely on additional factors, for example the sensitivity of the electronics etc.
Anyway this is just some food for thought for anyone thinking about trying this.
The underlying theory in this has it's kinks, and AFAIK fuel is already burnt thoroughly, owning largely to modern design and technical understanding of the whole thing.
Maybe the additional efficiency you notice is due to the replacement of some gasoline with hydrogen, therefore reducing the amount of gasoline used.

just my 2cents.

Here's a penny for a thought.

All petrol fuels are not burnt thoroughly. That's why Bosch invented 4 cathodes for the spark plugs & cold plugs as well. MSD made the "2nd spark" for the ignition of the spark plugs. Another thing is, ever tried using nitrous oxide (75% shot) as additive to a fuel injected car? It excites the air in the combustion chamber, thus a faster car. Ever noticed that if you just started your car's engine & drove off right away? Your car is faster because of colder engine?

I meant 99 RON
heindekock1 year ago

Is there not all ready a shortage of oxygen in the piston? Wont the fuel and the hydrogen compete to bind with the Oxygen? And lets say there is enough oxygen and the higher burn speed does make for more fuel ignition, would the increased pressure not cause a mechanical problem on the valves? I mean I would really like this to work but it seems to not be as simple as described. Increased volume in the piston due to more efficient burn will need the timing to be altered like you would in a race car.

Valves manufactured today are very stiff, but not as stiff in race cars. As for the timing, just advance it 5-10 degrees TDC (Top-dead-center) & change the spark plugs to "Cold plugs". Better yet, (if you the money to burn) install a "twin-screw" Supercharger. It forces air to the engine "Linearly" (the faster you go, the more air comes in).

Reference: Popular Mechanics, Hot Rod & Honda Tuning magazines

Valves manufactured today are very stiff, but not as stiff in race cars. As for the timing, just advance it 5-10 degrees TDC (Top-dead-center) & change the spark plugs to "Cold plugs". Better yet, (if you the money to burn) install a "twin-screw" Supercharger. It forces air to the engine "Linearly" (the faster you go, the more air comes in).

Reference: Popular Mechanics, Hot Rod & Honda Tuning magazines

Valves manufactured today are very stiff, but not as stiff in race cars. As for the timing, just advance it 5-10 degrees TDC (Top-dead-center) & change the spark plugs to "Cold plugs". Better yet, (if you the money to burn) install a "twin-screw" Supercharger. It forces air to the engine "Linearly" (the faster you go, the more air comes in).

Reference: Popular Mechanics, Hot Rod & Honda Tuning magazines

Paw10193710 months ago

I like na-sayers, they can't/want do anything, but they can sure tell you what you should have done.. lol How do they explain this:

Come on, gimmie some logic.................

jj.inc3 years ago
The most efficient, powerful, and money conserving device you can build is a dry cell. (If we aren't talking those high tech membrane machines) It has multiple plates which aren't fully submerged, but instead contain the mixture inside. They are easy to access electrically, and can produce huge amounts of HHO. The most important thing for people to know is that no-matter what, this is going to produce toxic gasses. This can include Chlorine, something formed with chromium, and many others. Hopefully they re-bond to something during combustion and aren't a problem.

For all the nay-sayers please explain why a super and or turbo charger benefit your car.
elstev0 jj.inc1 year ago
They increase the volume of air.
jj.inc elstev01 year ago

I'm aware of that, it was a semi-rhetorical statement touching on the idea of if using your engine to power a device which will increase its power which is already proven.

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