Ricardo Azevedo, a public officer from Sao Paulo in Brazil, recently demonstrated what he claimed is an environment-friendly motorbike that can travel 310 miles (500 km) on just one liter of water.
The video in which Azevedo demonstrates his claim has gone viral online, but some have raised questions about the alleged design of the engine, saying that the concept is not feasible.
Azevedo claims that his “T Power H20” engine is powered by water and an external car battery. It can run on clean water as well as on polluted water.
The car battery produces electricity which splits water into its constituent hydrogen and oxygen atoms. The hydrogen and oxygen atoms are then recombined to create water. The process, according to Azevedo, generates energy that powers the engine.
The video shows Azevedo demonstrating his alleged invention. He drinks water from a bottle to prove that it is pure water and not some type of fuel. He then fills the tank of his motorbike with the water and hits the road.
Later, he refills his tank with polluted water from the Tiete River.
According to Azevedo, the advantages of his engine are that it is cost effective and environment-friendly.
“The advantage of this motorcycle, which works with the hydrogen that comes from the water, is that the result that comes out of the exhaust is water vapor. This is different from gasoline, which the result is carbon monoxide.”
Azevedo explains that the motorbike’s exhaust produces only clean water vapor, unlike engines which run on gasoline and produce carbon monoxide, a pollutant and greenhouse gas.
However, this is not the first time that someone has claimed to invent a water-fueled automobile engine. Scientists and engineers have dismissed the claim, pointing out that water cannot be used to generate net energy to power an engine because water is highly stable.
But the problem is that because water is stable, energy is required to separate the hydrogen and oxygen atoms. The energy needed to split the hydrogen and oxygen is roughly equivalent to the energy released when the hydrogen and oxygen recombine.
This means that the process does not create net energy, and consequently, the design is pointless.
According to engineers, the inefficiency of any engine system also means that some of the energy released when water is formed is lost as heat. Thus, overall, the system is losing energy rather than generating it.
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