The magnegas article seems plausible. I read a popular science
article about a month ago about someone using and electric arc to
make syngas (CO and H2 I think) from dumpster trash. As I recall
the arc was set pretty high so it would vaporize all types of
trash going into it. The syngas would float up and be collected,
to be combusted in a generator and you would be left with and
obsidian like slag that contained your heavy elements (like
mercury). It looked like the major concern about that
arc-gasifier was what to do with the slag.
Here is the article for the full scoop:
This makes me think that the magnegas article has some truth to
it, but I don't see it as being as efficient as anaerobic
digestion if it does not produce more energy then it consumes,
though it may be faster.
With regards to the aquygen article, the whole thing sounds
scam-tastic. I tried to get some more info by Googling the name,
since there was no explination on the website. There was some
information on "brown's gas" which is just a mixture of hydrogen
and oxygen gas from electrolysis.
As far as using it in cars is conserned, there are some SAE papers
out on hydrogen injection in automobile engines and reducing
But, in my opinion, it would be more efficient to use the
electricity needed for this 'aquygen' to run electric motor then
to feed the gas into an automobile engine.
Those are just my opinions though.
On Thu Apr 19 21:48:17 EDT 2007, James Gabriel Duncan
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> Companies with new technologies, are they the future of fuels or
> just a sideshow? Comments, thoughts, or interests would be
> A "new" Biogas (magnegas) produced by electric arc (rather than
> biological fermentation):
> A fuel with the same chemical structure of water... but not. It's
> HHO or Aquygen.
> James Gabriel Duncan
> BioEnergy and Sustainable Technology Society