The fuel cell. It is described as a contraption which according to Wikipedia, an electro-chemical cell that converts chemical energy of fuel into electricity through a reaction of hydrogen fuel with oxygen, or an oxidizing agent. That is the main principle between today’s hydrogen, or water powered cars such as the Toyota Mirai or Honda Clarity, as hydrogen is usually combined with oxygen, which after a process of covalent bonding, produces water.
Technically, fuel cell cars are electric cars, as the hydrogen fuel-oxygen reaction produces electricity which directs the power into the wheels, but the general concept of being water powered is maintained, as hydrogen fuel and oxygen form a reaction which creates water, and also produces water which is usually thrown away by the car in forms of water vapor.
You might think the fuel cell is still very new technology less than a decade old, but it turns out that the entire invention of the fuel cell dates back all the way to 1975, when a man named Stanley Meyer decided to make an invention that would potentially revolutionize the entire auto industry and change how we power automobiles forever, which is that instead we use gasoline, we use water.
Stan Meyer’s background.
Stanley Meyer was born on August 24 1940. He lived most of his life in the Columbus East Side area, and moved to Grandview heights, where he attended high school and completed education. After his graduation from education, he joined the military and briefly applied to Ohio State University. Ever since Stanley was young, he was always determined to build something new. His twin brother, Stephen Mayer, quoted “We were always building something, We went out and created our toys”.
He was the owner of many different patents, which range all the way from banking, oceanography and even cardiac monitoring. He was a religious man, and would usually credit God all of his works that he had done so far. His favorite phrase was “Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition,” By 1989, the patent office gave Stanley special preference due to his innovations, and most of them were usually accepted.
Stanley’s patents were usually put into action eight months later after its submission, which was very quick, as patents usually take more than a year to be applied. The patent office thought Mayer’s technologies and applications were technologically advanced, and ahead of its time. To date, Stanley Mayer applied more than 200,000 patents.
At that time the patents were being filed, Meyer worked at the Batelle Foundation in Ohio, a firm based on technological research and development for the greater of humanity. Most of his patents were developed there. He was also involved in the Gemini Space program with NASA. Meyer’s significant development in aerospace technology was the energy feeding system on Concept EBED, a part of the Star Wars project.
Most of Mayer’s work were solely funded, or funded by himself. He was a man with the mindset of an entrepreneur. He was recognized by many national and international scientific boards and organizations. He won the awards Inventor of the Year in 1993, and received substantial support from other countries such as Canada, England and Sweden.
The Hydrogen Powered Car
In the year 1975, during the Arabian Oil Embargo, Saudi Arabia was cutting its oil supply to the United States, and oil prices were drastically high. The US was running out of oil, and many corporations became bankrupt or were losing lots of money as a result. The American automotive industry was under massive scrutiny, as due to oil being scarce and expensive, demand for new cars dropped to near zero. Something had to be done.
Stanley Mayer then got to work, developing a car that would revolutionize the entire auto industry, and end the United States’ major dependence of oil and fossil fuels. In an interview, Meyer said that “It became imperative that we must try to bring in an alternative fuel source and do it very quickly.” He meant that an alternative fuel must be developed in order for the US to be prepared in case another oil crisis struck America to keep the entire economy on wheels.
So Meyer developed the hydrogen fuel cell car. He claimed that with his device, cars could be powered by water instead of gasoline, which was abundant.
The fuel cell worked by splitting atoms of water into its most basic forms, two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atoms, thus the name H2O. The hydrogen was then burned to create energy which will be delivered to the car’s wheels. The oxygen along with the remaining water will be thrown away through the exhaust, which doesn’t emit any harmful emissions for health and the environment compared to gasoline powered cars.
It was revolutionary. With that mechanism applied to the mainstream auto industry, emissions from automobiles could be eliminated, and the threat of global warming could potentially be reduced thanks to hydrogen powered cars which emits only water and oxygen. It could also end the US’s dependence on oil, or even end global dependence on fossil fuels in general, as we are slowly running out of oil. It was the ultimate alternative fuel, and the best part is, its abundant and can be found everywhere.
After a few months of development of his fuel cell engine, Meyer built a buggy which was powered by his revolutionary fuel cell engine. It worked like a charm. Meyer claimed that the device required less energy to perform electrolysis than the minimum amount hypothesized, or predicted by conventional sciences. Some accounts also describe that he developed an electric cell which split your ordinary tap water into its basic atoms, hydrogen and oxygen with even less energy required.
Meyer showed off his brand new hydrogen powered car and made demonstrations around the United States. Some of the people who saw his advanced contraption were Professor Michael Laughton, who was the Dean of Engineering at Mary College in London, Admiral Sir Anthony Griffin who was a former controller of the British Navy, and Dr Keith Hindley, a UK research chemist.
Everyone who saw the car were amazed at how innovative and revolutionary the entire concept was. They all agreed that Meyer’s fuel cell could turn water into hydrogen fuel with electrolysis, and turns out, produced far more hydrogen than estimated calculations. Meyer claimed that his invention did what the board of sciences thought was absolutely impossible, turning casual tap water into hydrogen fuel and drive his hydrogen powered car cross country with only 75 liters of water.
It seemed well until legal issues came. After a few months after the hydrogen fuel cell was developed, many allegations came from lawyers that the hydrogen powered car was fraudulent and illegitimate. Many lawsuits were formed against Meyer’s inventions, His “water fuel cell” was later examined by three expert witnesses in court who found that there “was nothing revolutionary about the cell at all and that it was simply using conventional electrolysis.”
Many investors claimed Meyer was doing nothing revolutionary and was just doing a case of money laundering. The court ordered Meyer to repay all investors who were against him, as it was claimed illegitimate, and was described as “a gross and egregious fund”. But despite all that, some were still defending him. A judge named Roger Hurley defended Meyer, quote “I would not represent someone who I would consider to be a shyster or a bum,” said Hurley. “He was a nice guy.”
On one fateful day in March 21 1998, Stanley Meyer was mysteriously murdered…
While in a restaurant along with his brother, Stephen Meyer along with two Belgian investors, Stanley was murdered by poisoning. Stephen Meyer remembered the events of what happened on that fateful evening.
Stephen Meyer, quote:
“Stanley took a sip of cranberry juice. Then he grabbed his neck, bolted out the door, dropped to his knees and vomited violently.”
“I ran outside and asked him, ‘What’s wrong?’ “ Stephen recalled.
“He said, ‘They poisoned me.’ That was his dying declaration.”
After a three month investigation, the police concluded that Mayer died of a cerebral aneurysm. But many people who knew Meyer thinks that he was murdered, as his invention could have massively paved the way for free energy. Other evidence that he was murdered was that Meyer’s patents attracted much unwanted attention from governments, mysterious visitors form overseas, and lucrative buyout offers. His brother, Stephen Meyer even said that the two Belgian investors who were with Stanley on the day of the murder knew something, quote: “I told them that Stan had died and they never said a word,” he recalled, “absolutely nothing, no condolences, no questions. I never, ever had a trust of those two men ever again.”
The perpetrator, along with its motives behind the murder were never found…
Today, the fuel cell lives on, with auto manufacturers Toyota and Honda selling fuel cell powered cars. Meyer’s invention paved the way for new alternative energies to be developed for today and the future. Hydrogen fuel cell powered cars were now possible and could be mass produced sometime in the future. But they were all modeled off Meyer’s work. So far these systems are designed to produce HHO which is commonly known as Brown’s gas. It is injected into the fuel system to greatly increase fuel efficiency, none similar to Meyer’s original invention. Today, most of Meyer’s patents have expired, and are available to be viewed online.
James Robey wants a permanent place for Meyer in his Kentucky Water Fuel Museum, quote “”He was ignored, called a fraud and died without his small hometown even remembering him with so much as a plaque,” Robey wrote in his self-published book Water Car. To this day, Stephen Meyer is the only man on Earth who knows the secrets of the hydrogen fuel cell invented by his late brother, Stanley Mayer.
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