ET EXTRA: Protecting Your Pocketbook: No, Your Car Will Not Run On Water

23 Nov

Engineering Thinking Extra Is A Short Review Of A Current Hot Topic

ET Extra is proud to announce the presentation of its highest-rated Five Baloney Award to web sites (e.g. Extreme Fuel Savings) that sell books or kits that supposedly will allow you to convert water into hydrogen and oxygen that is then used as added fuel for your car.

Is extracting fuel from water plausible? The basic science is this: it takes more energy to separate oxygen and hydrogen out of water than can be obtained by recombining those elements to release energy for fuel. Furthermore, if some hitherto undiscovered principle of science were involved, there would be an uproar in the scientific community, likely involving a Nobel Prize. But this has not occurred, plus these sites provide no independent objective evidence to support their claims.

Can A Company Be Trusted?
If It Doesn’t Provide Independent Test Data To Support Its Claims,
Then Probably Not

When extravagant claims are made by those who are trying to sell you something, it will typically be found that they are either (a) outright frauds, or (b) self-deluded, stemming from a poor understanding of science.

“On the whole, scientific discoveries, even accidental ones, are most likely to be made, investigated, and exploited by folks who have a very good understanding of the relevant principles of existing science. Ignorance of well-established science causes many sincere and dedicated people to waste lives and careers chasing moonbeams.”

-Donald E. Simanek, The Museum of Unworkable Devices

-Ed Walker


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2 responses to “ET EXTRA: Protecting Your Pocketbook: No, Your Car Will Not Run On Water

  1. xdtnguyenx

    November 24, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Well, this was the same thing I was think when I went across these websites – can a car actually run on water? So I checked the website out and as a website co-editor, you can easily tell when a website is a prank or false in a way by looking at how it’s displayed to the world. Does it look like websites that actually look good and appealing to the eye or does it look like somebody put up a bunch of pictures or typed up a mind-blowing statement and a pageful of why it is the way it is?

    Thanks for this post … this really helped in confirming my thoughts and I’ll read more of your post later on!

  2. danakennedy

    November 24, 2009 at 2:44 am

    So my perpetual motion machine is a waste of time?


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