1979 - Volume #3, Issue #6, Page #05[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Equip Your Pickup To Run On Water?
So says Joe Brysacz, an engineer from London, Ohio, who maintains that hydrogen is the fuel of the future. He's already made believers out of hundreds who have seen his hydrogen-powered pickup in operation.
With two pressure regulators, a solenoid, valves and some tubing, Brysacz converted his pickup to run on. hydrogen. He did it primarily to draw public attention to the possibilities of hydrogen as "the fuel of the future."
"The problem is to begin producing it for use," says Brysacz, who submitted a proposal to his Congressmen and the Department of Energy (DOE) several years ago for a plant to produce and distribute hydrogen fuel. His plan was rejected and several months ago he resubmitted the proposal but hasn't received a reply. He's now decided to drum up his own support.
"Hydrogen is an indestructible, 100% recyclable fuel. The instant it's burned, it turns back to water vapor which the engine exhausts. No harmful gasses or particulates are released into the air we breathe," he maintains. Water, natural gas and coal can all be used to make hydrogen, says Brysacz who wants to set up production plants to make it.
"There's energy being wasted in hydroelectric dams that could be used, but they're governmentoperated and the government isn't interested. Off-peak electrical production could be used since hydrogen can be stored and electricity can't.
"One problem with hydrogen is that it's highly explosive and dangerous to carry in a moving vehicle in gaseous form. However, cryogenic tanks could be used to carry it in liquid form. They're so tough it would take a 10-ton truck to crush one."
Brysacz's proposal to the DOE asked for help to build a production plant, and a manufacturing facility to make tanks and set up distribution.
"Cars could easily be converted to dual fuel use," he told FARM SHOW. "You'd pull up to a hydrogen distribution center and exchange your empty tank for a full one. Our company would own the tanks and rent them to you. One tank- with about 5 Cu. ft. of liquid hydrogen - would give you around 400 miles of driving. You could still burn gasoline."
In his converted pickup, Brysacz stores hydrogen in a metal gaseous tank at about 2,000 lbs. pressure. He runs that out to a regulator that drops the pressure to 15 lbs., then through a solenoid to another regulator that drops the pressure to 8 lbs. From there it runs into the carburetor, through a hole just above the butterfly valve. Unless you have a good supply of hydrogen, Brysacz doesn't recommend converting your cars and trucks. He paid $8.63 for 200 cu. ft., only enough for around 20 miles on the road. "I did it only for demonstration purposes," he says. "Hydrogen can be produced for less cost than gasoline- we showed that in our proposal. All the government officials said was that they have insufficient funds," Brysacz laments. . He's asking for $110 million to get a hydrogen production plant underway and claims that "seed money would be enough to start a profitable industry that could pay it's own way. They're spending billions on solar and nuclear. Hydrogen could replace them both."
For more details, contact; FARM SHOW Followup, Joe Brysacz, Ecological Engineering Company, 10560 State Route 665, S.E., London, Ohio 43140 (ph 614 852-9949).
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