Sunday, August 03, 2008

I'm Doing My Part to Reduce Energy

Here I am out on the cutting edge again. This past week my husband , my son and myself had hydrogen fuel cells installed on our cars. My nephew created this thing in the garage of his house in Ohio, where he has a machine shop. He has been working in mechanical and electrical engineering for years. Two days before he came up to install it in my 1993 Crown Victoria (definitely need better mileage there) , my odometer broke. We are running our tests now and it will take a few days for the electronics and oxygen sensors to catch up. My son, who is a chemical engineer, is already getting a 50% increase in his mpg. He can't really tell because he has spent some time time working outside this week in the heat and kept running his pickup truck to get his air conditioner to cool him off.

My husband lives so close to work that we haven't had a real test there, at least not enough to make it meaningful. So that will take some time. I will get my odometer this Wednesday. I did drive to and from Dearborn to Grand Rapids last week and filled up before I left. I had lots of gas left over when I got back. When the car was new it only got 15-18 gallons on the highway. Close as I can figure it only got about 10 mpg in the city before I put this thing on the car.

We will continue to take our mileage test until we get some meaningful data but at these prices I'll take a 40-100% increase in my mpg. I'll let you know how it all works out. He has a really neat design that will fit in any car. I'm really geaked about this.

Did I mention that it works on diesel fueled vehicles as well and that he heated his home with this hydrogen gizmo too.

I was watching TV today and some guy was talking about biofuel from algae. Looks like a plan to me. As far as I'm concerned we can do this thing if congress will get out of our way.

Rose Bogaert

4 comments: said...

This is a joke, right? You don't really have a nephew cooking up homemade hydrogen fuel cells in his garage and self-installing on fifteen year old automobiles, do you?


live dangerously said...

Nice site. Found you on Nick's Right Michigan Highlights of the Sphere. Nice protest you had. I did one a couple weeks ago in Muskegon about the high cost of gas. See link below.
This is fun isn't it?

Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative.

WCTaxpayers said...

Nick this is for real. There are others out there but his design and testing ability is really good. I will let you know how the tests work out. He is constantly making improvements.

Anonymous said...

When can i sign up? i believe it, knowing that the auto industry will do anything to cover up any gains or adjustments to their "gas engines" let me know your faithful reader Margaret