According to an undated “news” article from 2010 on Ringway’s own website they are trialing a “revolutionary Hydrogen Fuel Injector” which they think has “the potential to reduce fuel costs across the entire group’s fleet by up to 20% as well as a significant reduction on carbon emissions”.
Sound familiar? Yep, it is just another run-your-car-on-water-scam clone.
Working in partnership with designer Simon Haswell, the Hydrogen Fuel Injector (HFI) uses the excess power of the truck’s alternator to electrolyse distilled water and inject the resulting hydrogen and oxygen into the diesel engine’s fuel injection system, prior to turbo charging. The gasses give a significant boost to the fuel burn within the cylinders, considerably reducing fuel consumption.
Of course (as everyone must know by now, or maybe not everyone in the world reads my blog?) there is no such thing as excess energy, energy comes from somewhere, and in this case it is coming from the engine and therefore the fuel.
These types of systems have been shown to not give any significant boost to the combustion and when the extra fuel being burned to supply the “excess energy” is taken into account they are always shown to , in fact, have a detrimental effect on fuel consumption.
This is never a surprise to anyone who knows anything about physics or internal combustion engines, but it is usually a surprise to the “inventor” who usually starts to scream that scientists don’t know what they are talking about… it gets very tedious.
These systems have been about for well over a decade, thousands of people have “invented” them, and when tested under controlled conditions they are shown to not work.
It seems that Simon has even tried to patent his “invention”.
Has Simon Haswell (not an engineer or scientist, but a photographer from Tunbridge Wells) managed to find a way of making this work when thousands have failed before him? It is possible I suppose. But is it likely? No, not really.