Hopefully I have gotten your attention by now. With the first installment
I showed a rather simple illustration to prove that a
difference exists between the amount of energy required to electrolyze
a given quantity of water and the amount of energy which is given
off when the products resulting from said electrolysis are burned
As I said it is not much of a difference but it is a difference
and the fact that the higher amount of energy appears on the side
of what is released by burning it means that here we have the basis
of a whole new, free source of fuel to power our world.
The first objection that usually rears
it's ugly head at this point is that the information I have presented
thus far violates the
Second Law of Thermodynamics. You are absolutely right. It does
seem to but upon further consideration I realized that it DOES NOT
violate the Second Law as we understand it. The problem seems to be a misapplication
of the second law in this case. A misapplication which has gone unchallenged
for a long time now. I am going to explain why this is so through
the use of an analogy and hopefully I can do it clearly enough so that
we don't have to digress into pointless arguments over it's
The first question that I had
to ask was; if this is impossible then how can any system work? I
decided to compare the use of water as a fuel source with the use
of fossil fuels. Both are available in large quantities in a natural
(raw) state on this planet. Water as water which usually contains
varying amounts of diverse pollutants in both solid form as particulates
and in solution. Crude oil is available in a thick sludgy form (most
commonly) which also contains various pollutants. The chemical formula
for water is H2O and the chemical formula of gasoline for example is C8H18.
What do we see in common so far? It
can be argued that these are two totally different compounds and
that is true but please follow along for a bit. Both of these compounds
are without doubt Hydrogen compounds aren't they? Water is hydrogen
with oxygen and gasoline is hydrogen with carbon.
Another similarity is that both of these
substances have to be changed or "refined" from their natural state into
something that we can best utilize as a fuel. Crude oil into gasoline
and various other products and water into hydrogen and oxygen gasses.
So with that in mind we have to first
think about exactly what we need to do to get crude oil from it's resting
place under the earth to the gas pumps at our local convenience store.
First we have to set up drilling equipment to sink a hole into the earth,
down to where the oil is. Once that is done we have to pump the oil up
and transport it to a refinery. At the refinery we have to cook it to separate
the various grades of fuels that we will use. Then we have to transport
these finished products to distribution centers and finally deliver them
to your local retail outlet.
During this whole process
we have obviously used an incredible amount of energy, haven't we?
Imagine that we could do all of these things at one site. Then imagine
that there are ways to convert the products of the burning of this
fuel (gasoline) i.e.: C8H14->Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Monoxide and
water back into gasoline. After all you end up with all of the original
components, just mixed into different compounds so you should be able to
remanufacture gasoline from exhaust gasses just by
taking O2 back out of the mix, right <grin>? Actually though, why
not? And what if you did find a way to do that? I guess that it would THEN
violate the second law of thermodynamics wouldn't it? After all it doesn't
take more energy to produce gasoline than is given off by burning it does
it? If it does than something is very wrong here!
Or conversely, what if you
took raw water and "refined" it into fuel gas H2 and oxidizer O2
and then burned them together to produce energy and instead of condensing
the resulting exhaust gasses you just vented them into the atmosphere
and pumped some more raw water out of your well? That way an H2O
fuel source WOULDN'T VIOLATE THE SECOND LAW UNDER THE RULES APPLIED
TO CRUDE OIL WOULD IT?
End of part 2