Water fuel is old technology, now rediscovered, with a real potential to help you live through the coming oil crisis. Its simple clean-burn technology can double your mileage, greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and you get greater horsepower through water power.
Basically his radio wave generator releases the oxygen and hydrogen in salt water and makes an intense flame. Since the world is mostly covered in salt water this type of new fuel would be the best type of clean fuel for the world. If you get a chance check out this great clip on YouTube about salt water fuel and probably one of the coolest inventions ever made this century.
New Zealand inventor, Steve Ryan, claims to have devised a method of using water used as fuel directly, in contrast to using water as a source of Hydrogen, which then serves as the combustible fuel. More recently, the company has developed a proprietary catalyst that enables water to mix with waste oil to provide fuel. The mixtures are in process of being tested by the EPA in the U.S., the results of which are expected in January or February of 2008.
Green Fuel is made by “pressure cooking” low-rank coal to dehydrate the particles and release waxes and resins, leaving the particles in a safe, high-energy state, and suspended in their originally extracted water. The water is treated and then added back to the dried coal. The end product is a thick liquid fuel that looks and ships like oil: Green Fuel.
While you can break water down to ignite there is another way, and they do so in the form of a fuel cell, however it’s for an electric vehicle. It utilizes electrolysis but rather than using the hydrogen to fuel an engine, it’s passed through a membrane which strips it of an electron which is used for the vehicle’s electric system but allows the hydrogen atom to pass through and recombine itself with the electron on the other side, also bonding with oxygen atoms creating an exhaust of water.
While a mass amount of fuel cell slices are needed to gain a significant enough amount of power, which equates to a large electrical source for the electrolysis, advances in battery technology (such as the Lithium Ion batteries used in the 2nd gen. Pruis) and regenerative braking make it a nice alternative.
In his paper describing the concept, Zubrin considers using NSWR for a round trip mission to Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. The NSWR would be fueled by 20% enriched uranium in the chemical form of a soluble salt (uranium tetra-bromide) dissolved in ordinary water at about the same atom number concentration as the salt in sea water.
Fissionable isotopes in such concentrations can easily produce great heat from fission reactions or even a nuclear explosion. An uninterrupted volume of this liquid massing a few dozen kilograms would reach critical mass, massively fission in a sustained chain reaction, and explode.
In Zubrin’s scheme 41,000 kilograms (41 tonnes) of the salt water fuel are stored in a neutron-absorbing fuel tank. The fuel tank would be made from long tubes of boron carbonate, a strong structural material that strongly absorbs thermal neutrons, preventing the fission chain reaction that would otherwise occur in the fuel. The liquid fuel is pumped from the storage tank into a absorber-free cylindrical reaction chamber which allows buildup of neutron flux to the critical point where sustained nuclear fission can occur.
The inventor frequently emphasizes that his invention is, a water-based fuel,(rather than the conventional electrolysis inferred on the web site). He also talks of the “entrainment” of hydrogen in the water. In other words, one can produce a continuous controlled nuclear explosion in the region just behind the nuclear rocket. At this point the water of the fuel liquid flashes to very high temperature steam, expelling reaction mass with an estimated exhaust velocity of 66,000 meters per second (as compared with perhaps 4,500 m/s for a chemical rocket).
The NSWR engine is calculated to produce a thrust of almost 3 million pounds (1.3 x 107 N) and to have a power output of 427 gigawatts. With this kind of performance, the mission to Titan could be launched from low earth orbit with an acceleration of almost 4 g’s and could, in principle, be carried out with low launch mass, low cost and high efficiency.