How can I convert my Dodge van into Hydrogen?
or a mixture of both hydrogen and gas
- Anonymous1 decade agoBest Answer
Hydrogen is a great option for the concept of free energy. I built my first hydrogen cell about 5 years ago and now currently run 2 trucks, my home hot water heater, home stove and home generator on hydrogen for free with caught rain water and the help of a $10 solar panel. I offer a step by step DIY guide to walk anyone interested threw the process. You can find it at www agua-luna com or you can email me.
There are basically 3 safe ways to make and use it... chemically, electrically and molecularly, the first 2 being easier so I'll only discuss them here. The fallowing steps were taking directly out of a DIY guide I offer to those who would like to run their vehicles or home on hydrogen safely. The entire guide is available at www agua-luna com
On demand h2 generators are a bit different from the Hollywood versions like seen Chain Reaction with Keanu Reeves, that tend to explode violently every time a film is being made. However when used in an on-demand system there is no storage of hydrogen and oxygen in its gas form, only liquid (water) and is only transformed into gas “on-demand” in small cylinder size amounts. It’s actually safer then gasoline as it doesn’t evaporate, creating explosive fumes in the tank like gas.
1. You’ll need a 6inch x 1ft schedule 40 pvc pipe. With pvc cement glue a cap on the bottom and use a screw on cap for the top. Drill a small hole (1/4inch or so) in the side close to the top, screwing in a small copper shut off valve. Place a few feet of stranded (food grade is good) flex hose to the valve and into the air intake of your engine (carburetor or fuel injections).
2. Now crunch up a couple aluminum cans (beer cans, soda cans etc) and drop them into the pvc pipe, along with a couple cups of lye (Red Devil drain opener has lye in it, some Clorox and Drano’s do to).
3. Then simply add water, screw on the top and wait a few minutes.
What happens in simplicity is that aluminum and lye don’t really get along so they battle, and as always the innocent civilians (water H2O) that the most casualties, by giving up its hydrogen and oxygen. This then builds up in the void of the pipe and is ready to be vented into your engine, by opening the valve. You may need to start your engine on gas then switch it off after the hydrogen starts burning.
Electrical is a bit easier then Chemically.
1. Simply take a small solar panel 1.5 amps is what I use ($9 at harborfreight.com), connect the 2 wires from the panel +- to 2 conductors (carbon cores of batteries work well, just be careful removing it from the jacket), but any conductive material will work ie. Copper, aluminum, steel, etc.
2. Drop the wires into a water tank (I use 55gal drums), make sure they don’t touch each other.
3. Drill a small hole (1/4inch or so) in the side close to the top, screwing in a small copper shut off valve. Place a few feet of stranded (food grade is good) flex hose to the valve and into the air intake of your engine (carburetor or fuel injections).
4. Then simply add water, screw on the top cap and wait.
After a few hours tiny bubbles will form and rise off one conductor (that’s hydrogen) and even smaller bubbles that just looks like foam will rise off the other (oxygen). I don’t remember which likes the positive and which likes the neg hydrogen or the oxygen.
The third method is more complicated and is what I use for my vehicles. It’s just a modified Joe’s Cell, there’s a step by step DIY guide available to walk you threw the process here www agua-luna com
It also covers the other 2 methods described in more detail.
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Hope this helped, feel free to contact me personally if you have any questions if you’d like assistance in making your first self sufficient steps, I’m willing to walk you step by step threw the process. I’ve written several how-to DIY guides available at www agua-luna com on the subject. I also offer online and on-site workshops, seminars and internships to help others help the environment.
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- De DeuceLv 51 decade ago
The conversion is not the problem, just follow most any protocol for a propane style conversion. Same principal.
The PROBLEM comes in the fuel storage and supply.
Hydrogen can only be burned as a gas but in a gaseous form it does not have much heat value. (it would take a heap of hydrogen to propel you down the road any distance before it was time to fill up again.)
This means that you will have to carry hydrogen fuel onboard. To do this you need a fuel tank capable of resisting incredibly high pressures (in the 35,000 psi range) plus a filling station capable of storing and handling this fuel under these pressures. Hydrogen is extremely dangerous to handle without specialized equipment and specially designed internal piping. Also, in an accident, the intergrity of the whole system must be held to an incredible standard of liquid and gasous intergrity.
One advantage of Hydrogen in an accidentaly rupture of the fuel container is that the gas will rise upward as opposed to falling to the ground and following the ground. This COULD ameroliate its potential for creating a holocaust but once a rupture did occur, hydrogen is far easier to ignite then either gasoline or diesel and it will reacte with ANYTHING.
Remenber the Hindenburg. Although the distruction of the ship was not initially due to the hydrogen on board, its presence did no great good for those poor souls.
In other words, converting to hydroogen is not a backyard project for summer when you ain't got nothing else to do. It must be done with certified parts and certified technicians in order to be rendered as safe as possible for not only you, but the driving public.
- donfletcheryhLv 71 decade ago
Very hot steel (red to yellow) exposed to water will produce hydrogen.
If the van is heated in an electric furnace then sprayed with water, you getg hydrogen.
You did want to convert it to hydrogen, no?
Otherwise a Ballard fuel cell and electric motors for propulsion. But your problem starts when you need to refuel it.
- 1 decade ago
I have been researching this a little. It is very similar to a natural gas conversion which you can get done anywhere, and can also run both petrol, or natural gas. To see the differences between natural gas, and hydrogen view my question:
You might also want to watch this video series on youtube:
Hydrogen Fuel - Engine Fundamentals #1 - #10
If you make any progress with this let me know.
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- 1 decade ago
If you have to ask on these forums, I don't suggest you do it. Hydrogen is a very volatile gas.
- JOHNNIE BLv 71 decade ago
Stay away from Hydrogen as it is the most explosive gas there is. The atom is so small it leaks through anything. If u did it would produce huge amounts of NO2 or better known as photo chemical smog. Hydrogen burns at such a high temperature it causes NO2.
- 1 decade ago
i have not heard about hydrogen conversion as yet
- 1 decade ago
it would take too much money, just use used frying oil...
- Anonymous1 decade ago
money lots of money