Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Story of Waterfuel Cell

Do you ever heard about water fuel cell, which is reportedly a perpetual motion machine? Wikipedia tell us. It is said that the inventor of water fuel cell is Stanley Meyer of USA. He claimed that this cell would split water into its components, hydrogen and oxygen gas, which would be combusted back into water vapor in a traditional internal combustion engine to produce energy. If the device functions, the water could be recovered and reused, allowing the device to run as a perpetual motion machine. Meyer even reported that he run his car by this water-fueled cell on a long trip.

However, his claims haven’t been independently verified. Besides, such machines violate the laws of physics (the first law of thermodynamics). And in 1996 Meyer's claims about the water fuel cell and the car that it powered were found to be fraudulent by an Ohio court. On the basis of the evidence Meyer was found guilty of gross fraud and ordered to repay the investors to whom he had sold contract, offering the right to do business in the new technology. His death is controversial too. An autopsy report concluded that he died of a cerebral aneurysm. However some people persist that he was poisoned by companies and government which was threatened by this invention.

And now, is there a chance for us to look back to what can be done with this invention? However vague is the clue, I think there is some real possibility for a more effective and efficient machine in the future, though not run perpetually as Meyer’s. There is a chance to make a possible things come true.

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