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Water as fuel: In Swat, a self-taught engineer has a solution to the energy crisis

The Express Tribune -- SWAT: While the country witnesses its worst energy crisis, a 37-year-old self-taught mechanical engineer from Swat claims to have a solution.

After 20 years of research, Rehan Aziz Farooqi, has invented a unique power generator that runs solely on water, and, wait for it, the design can be used to allow any engine that runs on petrol, diesel or green gas to use water as fuel. He estimates that if the government applies his idea on a large-scale, Pakistan’s current electricity crisis can be resolved in three years time.

Explaining the workings of the power generator that he built from scratch, Farooqi said that water is first filled into a unit where it is split into hydrogen and oxygen gases through the process of electrolysis. The hydrogen gas is channelled to a reservoir, and then to


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ssect8
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:57:43 PM

I hope no more tax payer money wasted on this.
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:56:48 PM

We have heard this before.
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:55:34 PM

ok
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:53:46 PM

And to think of all the great minds in the world who have tried using the same technology and failed...
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:53:45 PM

This technology is not new.
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:46:56 PM

Yea, that world leader Pakistan, that put how many men on the moon? Created vaccines for how many world diseases? Concocted the Web and PC's? This article's sad sack content is only trumped by the posters on this site that gave credence to this pile of BS.
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:45:23 PM

A poorly written article not quite getting the details right as it sounds like some sort of perpetual motion machine...
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:45:09 PM

how long will it be before we hear that mr farooqi has gone missing?
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:38:15 PM

This technology has been around for awhile. I have seen the videos on You Tube.
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:36:48 PM

worth looking into,,,,
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:36:19 PM

Go for it, Mr Farooqi. I'm behind you all the way. But, seeing as you are in Pakistan, you won't mind if I stand here in California. It's a whole lot safer.
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:35:12 PM

But the cost to turn water into hydrogen needs to be reduced. Maybe solar can help.
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:35:03 PM

I saw a homemade system installed in a gas powered car. The idea was to use the hydrogen as a fuel supplement. The contraption looked very dangerous I could could not get that time bomb out of my shop fast enough.
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:30:57 PM



I would like to see nore information.

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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:30:21 PM


Water powered "fuel" = river + dam.

Unless he found some catalyst to split the hydrogen and oxygen spontaneously the process needs a source of power itself.
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:28:28 PM

First we use food for fuel, now water?
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:25:42 PM

I have heard about several of these devices, but never seen one in person or heard of one being tested by a third party.
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:24:20 PM

Does anybody remember the "Stanley Steamer".

It ran on STEAM...H2O...WATER.
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:24:14 PM

Will the government allow this to happen ?
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:21:07 PM

ahhh
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:20:51 PM

@76Chevy I believe you may be referring to the shortage of drinking water.
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:17:20 PM

COOL!
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:15:27 PM

What about the looming water shortages that are talked about?
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:14:30 PM

Sounds too good to be true!
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:08:34 PM

more research for practical applications
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:07:30 PM

THIS DESERVED SOME CONSIDERATION
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:05:19 PM

“As water is abundantly available, electricity generated using this process will in fact be free of cost,”

Don't bet on it. Somebody will find a way to capitalize on this until we can't even afford clean drinking water. Remember corn to fuel? And there are already places where water isn't that plentiful, not to mention the water that's being contaminated by fracking. Hey...maybe there's an energy source there! Can't drink it, might as well burn it!
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:04:03 PM

Pretty much basic chemistry so why didn't I think of it.
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:02:35 PM

Interesting.
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 6:01:08 PM

easy process if it actually works properly
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 5:59:27 PM

ROADRUNNERMO's got it right. Don't pin your hopes on it too much.
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 5:59:20 PM

@ preacherjohn: The 3rd paragraph explains that the water is split into hydrogen and oxygen - both of which are highly combustible.
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 5:58:57 PM

Prove it...
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 5:55:48 PM

More research necesary
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 5:53:40 PM

how do you get gas out of water.
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 5:52:04 PM

wz: I agree with your post. This bears further research.
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 5:49:46 PM

sounds good to me
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k
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 5:48:19 PM

interesting
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 5:44:46 PM

O Tay!
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 5:43:29 PM

OK
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 5:42:24 PM

Note that he is a "self-taught" engineer. They don't teach this kind of creativity in Universities and Technical Colleges. Those institutions are more interested in churning out obedient lemmings to enter the work force.

Questions not answered:
Where does he get the electricity to power the electrolysis?
Can he generate enough electricity from the hydrogen to create a self-perpetuating system, with enough power left for a home or vehicle?
Does he also capture the oxygen released from the water?
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 5:42:10 PM

School science shows have included potato powered clocks for many years.
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 5:41:04 PM

How much energy is needed to do this?
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 5:40:07 PM

Maybe.
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 5:38:55 PM

It's still experimental.
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 5:35:38 PM

haven't heard this one before....
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 5:34:53 PM

hydrogen cars they use those in middleschool competitions across the us. Small cars too, about the size a toy car
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 5:33:26 PM

If it works then do it
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 5:32:35 PM

lets go
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Message Posted: May 14, 2012 5:32:26 PM

It takes a lot of electrical energy to break water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. Then the hydrogen gas is explosive … remember the Hindenburg!
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