With a bit of knowledge in mechanics and a lot of fantasy, a Brazilian civil servant has created, in his garage in São Paulo, what he calls the “Moto Power H2O”.
Ricardo Azevedo has transformed his 1993 Honda NX 200 into a kind of water-powered motorcycle. The bike uses a car battery to produce electricity, and by the process of electrolysis, separates hydrogen from water molecules.
The inventor Ricardo Azevedo, explained: “This device breaks apart the water molecules transforming it into oxygen and hydrogen. The hydrogen comes out in larger quantities and then I use this hydrogen to run the motorcycle engine.”
Six months since the launch of his “concept motorbike”, with added tests and improvements, Azevedo believes his project can help in the reduction of pollution.
Instead of carbon monoxide coming out of the exhaust pipe, it is water vapour.
Azevedo said: “This motorcycle is run on hydrogen taken from water. And in a hybrid test I did, it travels over 500 km per litre of water.”
To test his homemade technology the Brazilian inventor used different kinds of water, such as distilled and drinkable water, and even water from a local polluted river.
Ricardo Azevedo said: “To my surprise, the polluted water from the Tietê River worked as much as the clean water. So, now I use the polluted water as fuel in my motorcycle.”
University of São Paulo mechanical engineering professor Marcelo Alves appreciates Azevedo’s straightforward and simple concept.