Here's how to build a sexy looking water-fuel generator that will convert your tap water into an extremely powerful, clean burning gas!
An oxyhydrogen generator, like this one, uses electricity from your car battery to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gasses. Together, these make a fuel that is much more powerful than gasoline, and the only emission released is—water!
For this project, you're going to need some stainless steel and some ABS pipe fittings. I visited a local fabrication company, and not only did they have plenty of scrap metal to choose from, they were even willing to help me cut it to custom sizes. A job that would have taken me hours with a pair of tin snips and a hacksaw took only a matter of minutes with their equipment.
I used 20 gauge stainless steel, and with the help of their hydraulic punch, cut precise holes in the tops and bottoms of the plates. When finished, I had 12 plates measuring 3" x 6", 4 plates at 1-1/2" x 6", and three 1" connector bands that were 6", 4-1/2", and 3 1/4". A belt sander was used for smoothing down the jagged edges around the hole.
Next I used 100 grit sandpaper to sand each of the plates diagonally. You can see the "X" pattern I sanded into both sides of the plates. This increases the surface area of the plate, and will assist in producing more gas.
The plates are joined in this configuration, using plastic rods, plastic washers, and stainless steel nuts to make the proper electrical connections. Then a 4" ABS clean out plug was attached at the top with some stainless steel bolts.
I attached a swivel elbow to the top of the cap, and the main generator is finished. Now to make the body.
The body is made from two 4" ABS clean out adapters, with a 4" plug inverted and cemented into the bottom. A 4" tube of acrylic or ABS makes the body, and the generator plates and cap screw down into the top. A water bubbler is made in a similar fashion, but needs to clip onto the side.
Clips are made from scrap acrylic or ABS tubing, and glued to the side of the body.
Some poly tube, and a one-way check valve is added to the top elbow, making sure the valve will let gas out, but nothing back in.
The electrolyte is distilled water and about 2-4 teaspoons of KOH (potassium hydroxide). Salt or baking soda could also be used, but may dirty the plates over time.
Water is added to the bubbler, then the cap is put back on, and the poly tubes are hooked up. Time to test it out with a 12 volt car battery and some jumper cables. The gas is forming and I've collected it in a small water bottle for testing.
The gas burns so fast it's almost explosive, and the bottle shoots down the street. The fuel turns back into water, and that's good for the environment.
The water already in this system should be able to produce multiple thousands of liters of fuel. To refill it, just add more water!
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