Are ‘green’ innovations getting enough support?
This past July, Ricardo Azevedo from Sao Paolo, Brazil, invented a motorbike that runs on water. Azevedo posted an online video which demonstrates how his ‘T Power H2O’ works. The motorbike which has the ability to travel as far as 310 miles, can be powered by just one litre of clean or polluted water. The T Power bike was created with the intention of promoting both ‘pocket and eco-friendliness’ all around the globe.
This is not the first of ‘water-powered’ inventions. Stanley Meyer, Genepax, Herman Anderson, and the Ronn Motor Company are a few of the front liners, and although they are popular for their efforts, their inventions are not as fortunate.
Azevedo’s invention has generated mixed reactions. While some are ecstatic about yet another green invention, some have suggested the invention isn’t all it’s made out to be and that it might not even be real.
Some have attacked the credibility of the claim that a bike can be fueled only with water. According to Andrew Anglin, the idea is in fact not new at all, contrary to what the inventor wants people to believe. This is more so in the United States, Japan and other countries famous for technological advancements.
The motorcycle works by combining a battery with water combustion system that helps to generate electricity. Most of the reactions, like the comments on NowThis, claim that the amount of energy in electricity used in the first place to break the water down to hydrogen is ‘unnecessary waste’. In reality, the bike runs on a large amount of electricity in comparison to the amount of water that it ends up using.
Just like the few unsupportive comments and reactions that Azevedo and his invention received, almost all of the known inventions that were developed to run on water – or hydrogen and some electricity, in more specific terms – have suffered the same fate, in one way or another. Since the knowledge of water-powered inventions became popular, most have yet to advance past beginning stages of development. The truth is, these types of inventions are not really that new.
In 2005, “60 Minutes” featured Steve Ryan talking about how his water-powered motorbike worked. However, the invention did not see the light of day, as the company suddenly went quiet before the date it proposed to announce sale, due to “economic and political reasons”. Others like Yull Brown, Herman Anderson, Bob Boyce, Andrija Puharich also claim that oil companies, their partners, even the government put a hamper on such innovations.
It seems that technology in this area is not encouraged through development, particularly if the products are sans oil. We know now, that we need to find alternate sources of energy. Going ‘green’ is supposed to be a good thing. But even though these H20 powered inventions are trying to create more sustainable and clean forms of energy, most remain in the prototype phase. This is in part, because they require more testing and can be more expensive to mass produce. Nonetheless, it’s time for these inventions, particularly in countries like Nigeria, where power remains a scarcity, to make way to the shelf. Governments need to put more policies in place to help struggling inventors take technology to new and greater heights.