A story that is exceedingly difficult to confirm or debunk is again making the rounds, about a man named Stan Meyer who is alleged to have created a car that can run on water.
The story has circulated for decades, with little evidence to confirm or deny it.
The official story goes that Stan Meyer died after shouting that he was poisoned at a restaurant, while in a meeting with Belgian investors, after refusing a lot of money for the patent to his invention.
Stan claimed his gadget could make any car run on water alone, and that when a car was equipped with it, it had the ability to travel all around the country on just 22 gallons of water. He noted that all kinds of water were suitable, from tap water to salt water.
However, his claims were found to be fraudulent by an Ohio court in 1996: although the appeal to authority in citing a court can be a logical fallacy, it might be relevant here.
“The fuel cell purportedly split water into its component elements, hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen gas was then burned to generate energy, a process that reconstituted the water molecules. According to Meyer, the device required less energy to perform electrolysis than the minimum energy requirement predicted or measured by conventional science.
The mechanism of action was alleged to involve “Brown’s gas”, a mixture of oxyhydrogen with a ratio of 2:1, the same composition as liquid water; which would then be mixed with ambient air (nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, methane, chloroflourocarbons, free radicals/electrons, radiation, among others). If the device worked as specified, it would violate both the first and second laws of thermodynamics, allowing operation as a perpetual motion machine.
In a news report on an Ohio TV station, Meyer demonstrated a dune buggy he claimed was powered by his water fuel cell. He estimated that only 22 US gallons (83 liters) of water were required to travel from Los Angeles to New York. Furthermore, Meyer claimed to have replaced the spark plugs with “injectors” that introduced a hydrogen/oxygen mixture into the engine cylinders. The water was subjected to an electrical resonance that dissociated it into its basic atomic make-up. The water fuel cell would split the water into hydrogen and oxygen gas, which would then be combusted back into water vapor in a conventional internal combustion engine to produce net energy.”
In this particular story, the mainstream narrative may be correct. The official Wikipedia page on his water fuel cell actually confirmed that during a meeting with Belgian investors in a restaurant, he ran outside saying “they poisoned me,” and died of an alleged cerebral aneurysm.
His death is extremely suspicious, but his invention sounds far too good to be true. What do you think really happened here?