HYDROGEN GENERATORS STRETCH MILEAGE
Ray Carter, Correspondent - Brentwood Press & Publishing Corp.
Published Friday, March 9, 2007
Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later and now it's a proven fact. You can burn water in
modern combustion engines but first you have to break it down into its component gasses.
National Vapor Industries, Inc. (NVI), a Livermore firm, has developed the electrolysis technology
that makes hydrogen generation possible and is marketing their patent-applied-for
machines to the public. CCV Inc., a Brentwood company that specializes in emergency
vehicle customization and after-market modifications, is now selling and installing these units.
If you paid attention in high school science class, you know about the process of electrolysis.
An electric current applied through water between two electrical poles (anode and cathode),
produces the constituent gasses that make up good old drinking water: 2 parts hydrogen and
one part oxygen. In a hydrogen generator, the gasses bubble up in a cylinder and are sucked into a
vehicle's intake system where they combine with the normal fuel/air mixture.
The gasses then become part of the combustion process that powers a vehicle, supplementing
the fuel normally burned. According to NVI, the addition of hydrogen has been shown to
improve gas mileage and power by 10 to 40 percent, depending upon engine displacement and
other factors. The power to run a generator comes from a vehicle's alternator that's always
turning. It takes about 10 amps to run a hydrogen generator properly and NVI literature states
that this energy drain is more than compensated for by the improvement in combustion.
While these promises might sound familiar - magnets around the fuel line were once touted
to improve mileage - NVI has testimonials from folks who swear by their generators. Wendy Lang
of Larkspur had one installed and said she got 40 percent better mileage out of her Mercedes
diesel on a trip to Fresno. Jimmy Himes in Phoenix runs a roofing business and put generators
on a couple of his trucks, "It gave my Dodge Ram more power than my brother's Hemi, "Himes
said, "I can spin the wheels on my truck now and I couldn't do that before,"
NVI is careful not to claim too much. Matt Schadeck, the inventor who created NVI's generator
technology, said the units must warm up before they are really effective. Commuters can benefit
most from a generator and folks who typically just drive a few miles at a time won't see much
improvement. Shadeck also said a unit has to be broken in by driving several hundred miles with
the unit operating. This apparently has something to do with the accumulation of mineral deposits
that act as an electrolyte. NVI generators appear to work best on a combination of S. Pellegrino and
Aquafina drinking waterYou just add water to the generator when you fill up the gas tank.
Joe Garcia of CCV, Inc. has a generator installed on his truck. "I've noticed some improvement in
power," he said, but hasn't had an opportunity to take his truck on any lengthy trips and
can't tell for sure how much mileage improvement he'll get on the road. "I really do believe in these
things, the technology makes a lot of sense, especially for people who drive a lot of miles," he said.
At least one major automobile manufacturer has been talking to NVI about licensing its generator
technology for installation in new cars. The company also reports talks are underway
with a major parts distributor and a very large truck line, among others. Apparently, all the talk
about global warming and greenhouse gasses is spurring the market for alternative fuel
sources, especially since fuel cell cars and trucks that run exclusively on compressed
hydrogen, might not be in commercial production for 15 years or longer. The NVI hydrogen
Generator produces no emissions. When its gasses are used in the combustion process,
they combine again to produce steam and lower overall engine emissions - a fact that interests a
growing number of people.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) this week released its list
of the 12 "greenest" vehicles of 2007. The cars are all made by Japanese and Korean companies
Honda, Nissan, Kia, Toyota and Hyundai. The "Green Score" for vehicles is rapidly becoming
the most important statistic for a burgeoning class of new car buyers interested in protecting the
environment. The score is formed using tailpipe emissions, gas mileage and curb weight.
Garcia sells hydrogen generators (edited) plus installation. They are fully guaranteed by
NVI to produce results and they can be written off of a person's income tax using IRS Form 8911.
He said anyone who might be interested in seeing a unit or finding out how they are
installed, can contact him at 382-4838 to arrange an appointment. There is no obligation. More
information can be obtained from the NVI Website at www.nationalvapor.com where the
company claims its customers are saving an average of 10 gallons of fuel every week.
If that's true, a generator could pay for itself in well under a year, above and beyond savings in taxes.