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  WHAT'S NEW Issue Feature: Electric Vehicles Fuel Saver news Free Energy Comments Brown's Gas news Reader Comments Coming Up   Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead -
  WHAT'S NEW (top)   • The HyCO 2A installation video ' Get More MPG' is finally finished and the remainder of the backorders will be shipping out this week. We now have adequate inventory. My sincerest and humble apologies to all the people who ordered and have been waiting. It was MY fault, not the people working with me. They needed time with me to get it done and I had precious little to give. My thanks to all who have been patient as we got it done.   • The 'December' Issue of this newsletter was skipped due to other commitments. We had several projects to finish before the year end break and actually wanted to get a break this year. We did get a break and spent most of it just doing nothing. ...Interesting sensation.   • NEXT CHAT: March 22/03 ; 2PM /1400 hrs (Pacific Time) SUBJECT: 'H.E.A.T. TECHNOLOGY'.  


Issue Feature: ELECTRIC VEHICLES (top)

Previous newsletters covering this issue:

www.eagle-research.com/newsletter/archive/2001/2001_04.php www.eagle-research.com/newsletter/archive/2001/2001_12.php   There has been much more development of electric vehicles in the last couple of years. You can now buy hybrid electric vehicles from at least two major automobile manufacturers and from at least a dozen independents.   There are newsletters and egroups for people who want to learn and share. An example is:   ELECTRIFYING TIMES, the #1 Electric Car Magazine in the United States. Published three times a year. Annual subscription only $13.00. Electrifying Times, 63600 Deschutes Market Road, Bend, OR 97701. http://www.electrifyingtimes.com.   The reason for all this development is that electric vehicles ultimately make sense and, in one form or another, they WILL eventually replace the internal combustion engine.   In the late 1800s-early 1900s, electric vehicles were nearly holding their own with other options for powering vehicles. The reason they ultimately couldn't compete was that petroleum has a high energy density, is easily stored, is readily available, easy to distribute and inexpensive.   Petroleum is still 'inexpensive' compared to alternatives but that is when you don't consider the total costs, like how pollution affects our health and environment. Also how the politics of petroleum causes energy hungry nations to go to war to maintain their supply.   The real costs of petroleum are starting to be felt at the same time that practical solutions for electric vehicles are becoming available. First, there is now an infrastructure to deliver electrical power to nearly anywhere, allowing people to 'fillip' with electricity. Second, innovations in batteries, electric motors, controllers, and alternatives like fuel cells are becoming commonly available.   I see the designs for electric vehicles (even OEM ones) are based on obsolete thinking and technology. I think the electric vehicles of the future will require a complete 'rethink' from the ground up. This sort of 'rethink' is what allowed us to build Brown's Gas electrolyzers that are twice as good as any traditional technology, making Brown's Gas practical for the first time.   From what I see of currently available technology (and I'm not even in the electric vehicle business... yet) there are many places where efficiency of the vehicle could be improved and cost of production significantly lowered with different design concepts.   For example: Many hybrids use a separate engine/generator to charge the batteries. It is a good idea to combine the generator and the vehicle's drive motor into one unit. It reduces weight, size, cost and complexity of the drivetrain. The hybrid's engine can then: 1) directly 'assist' the motor when needed for extra power, 2) operate as a prime mover, overdriving the motor to turn in into a generator, charging the batteries when the vehicle is not moving, or using less power than the engine is providing, 3) directly move the vehicle if the electrical system has failed. To accomplish these objectives will require an innovative transmission and electrical system that would allow regenerative braking and smooth, efficient power application/battery charging.   Design of the actual vehicle aside, there is still a major issue to solve before electric vehicles will be commonplace. We need an environmentally compatible source of energy that is about 10 times greater than all our current power plants combined. We need to have access to at least enough 'renewable' energy as we are currently using from the 'stored' energy of petroleum. Until that issue is solved, electric vehicles will not (cannot) entirely replace internal combustion.   I consider the most promising electric vehicle power source to currently be fuel cells (instead of batteries), using hydrogen as the fuel of choice. This technology provides light weight power and has a reasonable energy storage density. Fuel cell technology is attracting enough money that it is becoming practical. The problem is making, storing and delivering the hydrogen. We have oceans full of hydrogen, but it takes more energy to produce it than we get out of using it. Currently, most hydrogen is being made by cracking it out of petroleum. This does not solve our pollution problem.   We are working on means to split water with minimum energy, and our electrolyzers have been tested over 98% efficient (total power used, including power supply losses). This is not high enough efficiency to make electrolysis an option to make hydrogen a fuel (except in specific cases).   We have heard of people being able to split water using very minimal electrical input (in the order of 30 watthours to make 3000 liters/hour of gas), and we've had events happen in our research that indicate that it's possible. We do not, yet, have a clue how to reliably duplicate this effect.   For home builders, the hybrid with internal or external combustion engine is still the most practical. Using the advantages of electricity, you can significantly increase the efficiency of the use of your fuel. I'm exploring the option of an 'air engine' to use as the power source for the onboard generator/motor.   I think you'll continue to see electric vehicles develop and become more common. They certainly have a place in our society.   I also think that our civilization is pushing the edges of it's power capability and we are in for some tough times unless we can do the same work with dramatically less power, and/or we are willing to accept a lower standard of living, and/or we find new power sources. I suspect we'll see a combination of all three 'options'.  


   The HyCO 2A Installation Video was the result of a vote that was taken during one of the Eagle-Research Chats. Tenaj asked the 'chatters' what they would like us to produce next, she scheduled it and we got it done. We thank you for showing up to the chats, as you can see, your input there does produce results.   Note: Tenaj is amazing, filling my needs, this businesses needs and your needs, usually at the cost of denying her own needs. If you wish to express your appreciation for her input and/or have suggestions for the next product you'd like to see, her email address is: < >   The HyCO 2A Installation Video, 'Get More MPG' shows, step by step, how to assemble a HyCO 2A canister, install a basic HyCO 2A system on both carbureted and Fuel Injected vehicles and how to tune the HyCO 2A system to enhance your regular fuel system's efficiency.   The video is designed to support the HyCO 2A Manual. You do need a HyCO 2A Manual, in addition to the video, to competently complete a HyCO 2A installation. Note that I used the HyCO 2A Manual and it's update (as they exist now) to do the installations for the video.   The video has been professionally done and is a real gem. Nothing like this has ever been sold in the 'fuel saver' world. Mechanically inclined people tend to learn things by seeing it done, instead of reading. This video has several enhancements that help achieve a full understanding of the process. What to do is shown in clear and specific detail. By both showing the entire concept and the project details, we make the entire assembly process simple to understand. We expect that this video will help achieve our goal of many more successfully completed HyCO 2A systems.   We now have an inventory of the HyCO 2A installation video, which normally retails for $30 (plus $3 s&h). We are making a promotional offer of $22 (plus $2.20 s&h) to THIS newsletter group ONLY till February 28th, 2003.     Next Stage Of Fuel Saver Technology On The Honda   I have not completed the next stage yet. I can now report that I'm in the process of assembling a Carburetor Enhancer, with electronic upgrade, and a HyZor system for it.   Here's an interesting quote I picked up from the 'free-energy' egroup.   "Techno-fixes are pipe dreams in many cases," said Kert Davies, research director for Greenpeace, which has been conducting a broad campaign against Exxon Mobil. "The real solution," he said, "is cutting the use of fossil fuels by any means necessary."   What makes this quote interesting is that when I contacted Greenpeace to see if they would endorse fuel saving technology that really worked, they said they don't do that.   Here is an organization that could make a significant difference (accomplishing their goals faster) by using endorsements for products that support their goals, or by distributing the products outright. They do good work, no question, and with a few policy changes are in a position to do much more.   Of further interest is where the "pipe-dreams" really are. In my opinion, to reduce the use of fossil fuel without a compensating increase in energy from elsewhere is a 'pipe dream'. Civilization (as we know it) cannot continue to exist without the energy input we now have, and to grow we need more. As I see it, "techno-fixes" and serious innovation are our only hope.  



Dear Readers,

I am just getting back to my Gravity Power research, I've unpacked my 'gravity' file and I'm building my Gravity Wheel now. It is a pleasure to open up this project in my new shop.   I have been busy, but that's not the reason I haven't completed the gravity wheel experiment. The real reason is fear of failure. This is ironic because I learned a long time ago that inventors NEED to have NO fear of failure; first because they are guaranteed to 'fail' a significant portion of the time (around 99% for me) and second, because 'failure' is actually a much needed learning experience.   Inventors need to have a special character that will keep trying to find a solution in the face of every possible obstacle, within and without. True inventors invent continuously, their minds see a 'problem' and automatically go looking for a solution. The best inventors can also turn that around; when they see a solution, they can find the problem it will solve. This is helpful in recognizing 'spinoffs' to any particular line of research. I've made more money on 'spinoffs' than on my major lines of research.   Inventors need to recognize that 'failure' is not a bad thing, that it doesn't need to affect them personally. That it is just a learning experience and that you now know what WON'T work, which is vital information. As a consultant I have saved my clients millions of dollars, because I know what won't work.   All that said, I now realize that I truly want this wheel to work and I let it get too personal. Based on my preliminary experiments, I think it has a good chance of working. If it works, it could help solve our civilization's energy problems. Since this is the major goal of Eagle-Research, having the possibility of achieving it intimidated me. On the other hand, the possibility that it wouldn't work and NOT achieve the goal was equally intimidating. So I let it get personal and for that I apologize to both myself and to you.   I'm OK now :))) I will treat it like any other experiment and learn from it whether it 'works' or not. Finding the reasons why things don't work is vital.   I'm writing the second edition 'Gravity Power' Book and I will discuss why many of the 'gravity wheel' ideas DON'T work. This will help those people who are thinking on such projects. To make something that will work, one needs to understand the things that prevent it from working so that workable solutions can be found.   I will also be including more details of how to use Brown's Gas in a way to generate power from gravity. In it's present form, the project is too large for home application. However, it does present a concept that can work, so it represents a kind of thinking that may result in practical home applications.   Tapping into gravity as a power source makes a lot of sense to me. We already use gravity, in combination with solar, as a power source for a significant portion of our power needs (hydro power). The province in which I live generates most of it's power this way, and sells excess to places like California.   The problem in harnessing the power of falling water is that it tends to be site specific, available only to a few homeowners. We need a means to generate power anywhere, anytime, in at least 1 kilowatt size, and for less than an (installed) cost of $10 per watt. The second edition of 'Gravity Power' will address those issues.  


  Dear readers, The 'Leader of the Pack' Brown's Gas Meeting in Penticton, BC was absolutely full and attendees had lots of fun. Everyone had opportunity to actually use an ER1200 WaterTorch to weld and solder. They saw Brown's Gas being used to heal people's bodies and tasted Brown's Gas enhanced water. They both learned how to make money with Brown's Gas and made good suggestions on how the technology should proceed. We have taken those suggestions to heart and look forward to presenting even more money making potential in our next BG Meeting.   WELCOME ABOARD to our new WaterTorch Distributors. Our teamwork is making this massive potential come into reality.   During the meeting we introduced our new Brown's Gas Brochure and the Brown's Gas Video 3 'See Water Burn'. Both are impressing people around the world. We not only have the world's most practical Brown's Gas electrolyzers, we now have the world's best promotional media. The VHS video is available in NTSC and PAL formats.   Production of the ER1200 WaterTorches is going smoothly. We have filled all backorders and now have inventory. We are now past the 'startup' and are in the CANI stage, constantly improving all phases of the business. The torches that are out in the marketplace are performing well, all around the world.   We based this design on our own research that we've been doing since 1991. We have applied techniques and innovations we've learned during our 'alternative energy' research and have developed the safest, most practical, efficient and lowest priced (retail cost per production capability) Brown's Gas electrolyzers on the planet! The cost is now low enough that home users can acquire and enjoy the many benefits of Brown's Gas.   For benefits of Brown's Gas: http://www.eagle-research.com/browngas/fabuses/possib.php http://www.eagle-research.com/browngas/fabuses/fabuses.php   To purchase an ER1200 WaterTorch: http://www.eagle-research.com/browngas/machine/erseries/er1200/er12001.php   For payment and delivery arrangements, email: < >   We have worked out the details of how to manufacture these watertorches and are now working on a program to train WaterTorch Technicians.  


  > Dear Eagle-Research, > >When do you anticipate the release of the "Extreme Mileage" book? >Please let me know! > >Sincerely, Michael   Good Question.   I hope this year, but don't hold your breath since it's not yet scheduled. It is near the top of my list of books to write.   ----------------------------   >George I would be interested in your reaction. It seems to me you are way >ahead of this.   >There has been a new, big breakthrough >in the super-efficient electrolysis of water. A >group of 400 scientists and engineers, working for >Genesis World Energy Group, have developed a >super-efficient electrolysis cell and super-efficient >fuel-cell combination, which they call the "Edison >Device." This system can produce burnable >hydrogen and electricity to run appliances and >itself, and "consumes" less than 8 oz. of water >per day. For more information, go to their website >http://www.genesisworldenergy.org/genesis_world_energy.htm   >Wayne   I've seen lots of words, but no proof or data that I can check. If you find such, please let me know.   With such lack of data, I cannot form an opinion except to say that this seems to be going along for some time now without a commercial product.   In our business, we would have introduced a practical application for sale at the same time as the announcement.   ----------------------------   Readers, Here is a discussion from the free-energy egroup that is applicable to this newsletter. Robert Park expressed his opinion and Chris Knight responded. My comments below.   ------------- message from Robert Park -------------   WHAT'S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 30 Jan 03 Washington, DC   1. FREEDOM FUEL: CLIMBING MOUNT IMPROBABLE. In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Bush ranked promoting "energy independence while dramatically improving the environment" as one of his top goals. In addition to "clear skies" legislation that would mandate a 70% cut in air pollution from power plants over 15 years, Bush proposed $1.2B in research funding for the Freedom Car "powered by hydrogen and pollution free." But where will the hydrogen come from? 95% of the hydrogen currently produced in the U.S. comes from steam methane reforming, a catalytic process that also produces copious quantities of CO2. No green points there. What about electrolysis? It's not as efficient, but the only bi-product is oxygen. Oops, 65% of our electric power is generated by burning fossil fuel; no green points there either. Hydroelectric dams are being torn down to save the rivers, and other renewables are not up to it. Turn to nuclear? Whoa! The public is terrified by nuclear fission. But what about fusion?   -----------response from Chris Knight--------------   The scrappy Texan, Bob Park has a lot of wisdom gleaned from decades of spotting nonsense:   So Bush is after a 70% reduction in air pollution. I am assuming he is talking about the 5 main types of pollution, CO2, NOx, SOx, CH4 and Unburnt HC (please nominate or remove as you see fit).   If you burn Hydrogen instead of Petrol you eliminate all but NOx which you markedly decrease. If you burn hydrogen in oxygen from methane (you eliminate all five).   So I think we can establish fairly well that a move to a hydrogen economy would be good for the environment (although I am sure it will have its disadvantages as well).   Now lets address the source of the H2.   Methane reformation:   If you do the chemical equations you will find that (and please correct me if I am wrong) burning 1 mole of methane will produce 44 gm of CO2 and 889 kJ. Burning 1 mole of Octane will produce 352 gm of CO2 and 5464 kJ. To make this equivalent. If you make 5464 kJ of energy from Methane you will produce 270 gm of CO2.   Thus burning methane to generate an equivalent amount of energy will produce about 75% of the CO2 pollution, as well as eliminating / reducing the other pollutants.   Two things to note here are that in steam reformation the CH4 is not being burned per se but that assumption is in fact conservative. Secondly methane is also a pollutant which is usually wasted in a lot of processes (particularly oil drilling and refining) where it is commonly burnt up the stack.   Electrolysis:   The second point I note is that Park states that 65% of our electricity comes from fossil fuel. Two things come to mind here.   • So that makes 35% non polluting which seems like a good start to me (I include here, Solar, Wind, Hydro and Nuclear energy).   • Electricity produced at a power station is a lot cleaner use of hydrocarbons than a car, so in fact it would be better to use the HCs in a power station than in a car.   At least people are proposing ideas that result in an improvement now rather than waiting around for the perfect solution in 10, 20, 50, 100 years.   ------------George Wiseman's Comments------------   I see Chris expanding on Robert's observations. I also think that there are technologies that will 'come to the rescue' just like technology has always done.   For example, the first 'fuel oil' was whale oil and when there started to be a depleted whale population there was an energy crisis till people developed fossil-fuel potential. Fossil-fuel was supposed to have been used up by now, but a combination of technology for finding and developing sources, plus the technology for using it more efficiently has extended our current energy supply for decades. We now know where there is enough fossil-fuel to totally pollute the planet before we run out of it.   As much as I shy away from nuclear as an option, I also see the potential. I understand that 'failsafe' reactor designs are now developed (OK I'll believe it when I see it).   Assuming that the reactors are 'failsafe', the biggest current drawback is what to do with the radioactive waste. First, I see the 'waste' as a low level potential power supply in itself. Second, there are now several ways to neutralize the radioactive waste in seconds, using very little power and completely safely. One such technique uses Brown's Gas and has been independently proven by Atomic Energy Canada.   I do not expect to see any 'neutralization' technique applied to radioactive waste anytime soon. The vested interest have too much investment tied up into current 'storage' technology and have too powerful a voice in politics.  


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