A story that is exceedingly difficult to confirm or debunk is again making the rounds, about a man named Stan Meyer who is alleged to have created a car that can run on water.
The story has circulated for decades, with little evidence to confirm or deny it.
The official story goes that Stan Meyer died after shouting that he was poisoned at a restaurant, while in a meeting with Belgian investors, after refusing a lot of money for the patent to his invention.
Stan claimed his gadget could make any car run on water alone, and that when a car was equipped with it, it had the ability to travel all around the country on just 22 gallons of water. He noted that all kinds of water were suitable, from tap water to salt water.
Although an Ohio court found his claims to be dubious in 1996, an appeal to authority in quoting a court might be logically questionable, in this case, it may be applicable.
According to an entry on Wikipedia:
“The fuel cell purportedly split water into its component elements, hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen gas was then burned to generate energy, a process that reconstituted the water molecules. According to Meyer, the device required less energy to perform electrolysis than the minimum energy requirement predicted or measured by conventional science.
The mechanism of action was alleged to involve “Brown’s gas”, a mixture of oxyhydrogen with a ratio of 2:1, the same composition as liquid water; which would then be mixed with ambient air (nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, methane, chloroflourocarbons, free radicals/electrons, radiation, among others). If the device worked as specified, it would violate both the first and second laws of thermodynamics, allowing operation as a perpetual motion machine.
In a news report on an Ohio TV station, Meyer demonstrated a dune buggy he claimed was powered by his water fuel cell. He estimated that only 22 US gallons (83 liters) of water were required to travel from Los Angeles to New York. Furthermore, Meyer claimed to have replaced the spark plugs with “injectors” that introduced a hydrogen/oxygen mixture into the engine cylinders. The water was subjected to an electrical resonance that dissociated it into its basic atomic make-up. The water fuel cell would split the water into hydrogen and oxygen gas, which would then be combusted back into water vapor in a conventional internal combustion engine to produce net energy.”
According to the official Wikipedia page of his water fuel cell, shortly before he died of an alleged cerebral aneurysm, during a meeting with Belgian investors in a restaurant, he bolted outside shouting “they poisoned me”.
Though his death can be said to be mysterious, his invention sounds unbelievable.
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