Sunday, September 18, 2005

Good News from NoBo

(North of the Border, don'tchaknow ...)

A Canadian man has apparently built, and is preparing to market, a zero-emissions add-on device for standard gasoline engines. This according to an article in the Montreal Gazette, which sadly is now unavailable without a subscription. You can read about the gist of the story here.

As I understand it, the device produces hydrogen on the fly, and by injecting it into the fuel burning chamber of a standard gasoline engine, causes the fuel to burn hotter -- and therefore cleaner. He also claims that it can dramatically increase gas mileage.

(Can't you just see all the SUV drivers breathing a sigh of relief ...?)


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At 9/19/2005 8:09 PM, Blogger Algernon said...

Tess, this ain't one o' them cold fusion thangs, is it?

At 9/26/2005 12:10 AM, Blogger tess said...

Oh, I hope not! According to the article, at any rate, the only part of the inventor's claims that weren't borne out by independent testing was that the car's gas mileage was not particularly good -- it was supposed to be better than before. The zero-emissions part of the test was passed with flying colors. Hey, it could be cool fusion, but then again it could be the real deal ...


At 10/13/2005 5:43 PM, Blogger Algernon said...

it's looking more and more like a hoax. being curious about this invention, I've been trying searches on google in the hopes of getting any follow-up stories; so far, nothing but links to the original article. but I did run across this article on buy blue's site. starting at the top, it's just a repost and link, but read on down the page and you'll find a cogent analysis of the absurd efficiency claims made in the original article. (I had first taken those claims to be the poorly worded result of journalistic ignorance, but I'm now leaning toward the belief that they represent a fine example of hoaxish, that special language of the prankster.)

At 11/15/2005 8:21 PM, Blogger tess said...

Taa daa. Proof! :),2554,69529,00.html

tess (trying not to feel smug ...)


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