HHO gas is known by many names: Aquygen, Kleins Gas, Browns gas, knallgas, or OxyHydrogen. HHO is a combustible mixture of hydrogen and oxygen produced through water electrolysis. Water electrolysis is the process of passing direct current (DC) electricity through water to dissociate hydrogen and oxygen molecules. HHO releases energy when burned, producing heat and water as by-products. Internet, TV and radio are buzzing with excitement over the possible applications of HHO, but the technology itself is far from new.
History of HHO technology
William Nicholson and Anthony Carlisle discovered the process of water electrolysis in 1800, creating the first HHO generator on record. William Rhodes applied for a patent for his version of an water electrolyzer in 1961. Yull Brown applied for a patent for an HHO torch in 1976. Most recently, Dennis Klein applied for a patent in 1998 for a welder that produces HHO gas on-demand. While these patents mainly focused on using HHO for welding applications, people began talking when the media discovered Denny Klein was using a version of his HHO generator to run a car on water.
Modern HHO applications
HHO generator kits and plans currently available on the internet rely on a mix of gasoline or diesel fuel mixed with HHO. HHO gas requires higher ignition temperature than gasoline and produces more heat. HHO conversion kits claim to produce smoother, cleaner operation and increased fuel efficiency, with no side-effects. However, due to the higher ignition temperatures and heat production, some cars may run hotter.
Is HHO safe?
HHO gas is a safer alternative to other proposed hydrogen applications. Due to its low density, hydrogen gas must be stored on the vehicle in large tanks while it contains 2.6 times the energy of gasoline. It would be similar to driving a car around on top of the Hindenburg. HHO gas, on the other hand, is produced and burned as-needed, with no additional storage of explosive gases on board.
Is HHO gas environmentally-friendly?
HHO gas is more practical and cleaner than electric cars. The short battery life and 6-8 hours required for recharge are major drawbacks. Both electrical motors and HHO produces zero carbon emissions. However, the production of the electricity used to recharge the batteries come from power plants whose emissions may not be as clean.
Proven and patented
HHO technology has been proven and patented again and again for over 200 years. The flush toilet was invented in 1596. But it was 1857 before anyone began manufacturing toilet paper. Ice cream was invented in the 1600s. But it was 1896 before someone invented the ice cream cone. The HHO generator was invented in 1800. But it wasn’t until 1998 before someone conceived of powering a car with it. The technology is proven, but the application is still new. Powering vehicles with water could be an idea whose time has finally come.