Sunday Times Innovation 1 Dec. 96 (http://www.sunday-times.co.uk)
End of road for car that ran on Water
American court finds inventor of water-powered car is guilty of fraud. Report by Tony Edwards
It appears to be the end of the road for maverick inventor Stanley Meyer and his water-powered car after a recent American court verdict.
The car was a wonderful, if unlikely, dream while it lasted, offering a pollution-free future powered by a limitless source of energy. But the
dream was shattered when Meyer was found guilty of fraud after his Water Fuel Cell was tested before an Ohio judge.
It is rare for an inventor to be prosecuted for an invention that does not work, but Meyer's problem was that he had been selling "dealerships", offering investors the "right to do business'' in Water Fuel Cell tech- nology in anticipation of the day when water would power anything From domestic boilers to cars and aircraft.
But recently two suspicious investors could not wait for that day to dawn and sued Meyer to get their money back.
Meyer defended, maintaining his long-held claim that the Water Fuel Cell was a truly
revolutionary invention that could split water into its two constituent gases of hydrogen and oxygen far more efficiently than conventional electrolysis. The secret, he said, was to "resonate" electricity at a very high voltage through water and so "fracture" the hydrogen/oxygen molecular bond. This, he claimed, opened the way for a car which would "run on wat- er", powered simply by a car battery. The car would even run for ever since the energy needed to continue the "fracturing" was so low that the bat-
tery could be recharged: from the engine's dynamo.
Meyer claimed to have adapted a 1.6-litre Volkswagen Dune Buggy to run on water. He replaced the sparkplugs with "injectors" which, he said, sprayed water as a fine mist in a "resonant cavity" where it was bombarded by a succession of high-voltage electrical pulses. He claimed this instantly converted the water into a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen that could be combusted in the cylinders, driving the pistons just as in an ordinary petrol engine.
One of the experts due toexamine the car was Michael Laughton, professor
of electrical engineering at Queen Mary and Westfield University, London, but he was not allowed to see it. "Although Meyer had known about our
visit weeks in advance, when we arrived he made some lame excuse about why the car wasn't working, so it was impossible to evaluate it," said Laughton.
However, the one thing Meyer had built that appeared to work was his Water Fuel Cell, and it was this device that the Ohio judge called as evidence in the recent lawsuit.
The cell had been the centrepiece of Meyer's sales pitches. It was a transparent cylinder of water inside which was a core of stainless steel electrodes. When plugged into an electrical supply,the cell bubbled away merrily, producing apparently copious amounts of gas that Meyer ignited through a welding torch.To the layman it was an impressive performance and hundreds of small investors signed up, but it did not impress three expert witnesses in court.
They decided that there was nothing revolutionary about the cell at all and that it was simply using conventional electrolysis.
Meyer was found guilty of "gross and egregious fraud" and ordered to repay the investors their $25,000 (£15,000).
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every sound or word we utter and the aeons of grief and oceans of tears we've shed for our needs or the secret exquisite pleasures, ease and security we seek
we owe them all to our father cosmos & sun and earth mother !
Who else ?. Isn’t this all we are and every thing that is and will ever be ?
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