Who is Stanley Meyer?
Imagine this scenario…. you are driving your car along a deserted road in Ohio when you notice that your fuel gauge is on empty. At first you panic at the thought that you are so far away from a town or any type of civilization at which you could obtain help in case your vehicle stops. Then, you realize that there is a barn off in the distance which possibly has water available for you to re-fill your tank. Water — to fill up a car’s tank? Is that even possible?
This is the scenario in the mid 1980’s as described by witnesses who were asked to be present at a water-powered dune buggy demonstration invented by Ohio resident, Stanley Meyer.
In the demonstration made before several notable professors, military officers and chemists, Meyer showed the witnesses a dune buggy which he claimed was powered by what became to be called “Meyer’s water fuel cell”. According to witnesses, Meyer’s cell, developed at the inventor’s home in Grove City, Ohio, produced far more hydrogen/oxygen mixture than could have been expected by simple electrolysis.
Witnesses of the dune buggy demonstration said, “After hours of discussion between ourselves, we concluded that Stan Meyer did appear to have discovered an entirely new method for splitting water which showed few of the characteristics of classical electrolysis. Confirmation that his devices actually do work come from his collection of granted US patents on various parts of the WFC system. Since they were granted under Section 101 by the US Patent Office, the hardware involved in the patents has been examined experimentally by US Patent Office experts and their seconded experts and all the claims have been established.”
The theory behind Meyer’s fuel cell
The theory behind Meyer’s fuel cell is that with its implementation, people could fill up their vehicles from a garden hose in just a few minutes. In this scenario, the car engine would start up immediately after the ignition key is turned. So, people could fill up their vehicles’ tank from home for just pennies a tank. After turning the ignition key, just like on today’s vehicles, the engine would start up immediately. Meyer estimated that only 22 gallons of water were required to travel non-stop from Los Angeles to New York.
Stanley Meyer received patents for his HH0 splitting invention.
In a news report on an Ohio TV station, Meyer claimed to have replaced the spark plugs with “injectors” which introduced a hydrogen, oxygen mixture into the engine cylinders. 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 energy.
One theory – why Meyer’s fuel cell did not take off in the late 90’s
Theorists, which continue even to this day in many online green energy forums on sites such as LinkedIn, state that the reason Meyer’s fuel cell invention did not take off, is because at the time, there was not yet available a voltage intensifier. Today this technology is available, but when Meyer died in 1998, his work died with him.
Philip Ball, an English science writer, characterized Meyer’s claims as pseudo science. Ball said “It’s not easy to establish how Meyer’s car was meant to work, except that it involved a fuel cell that was able to split water using less energy than was released by recombination of the elements … Crusaders against pseudo science can rant and rave as much as they like, but in the end they might as well accept that the myth of water as a fuel is never going to go away.”
Meyer’s work discredited?
There is no documented proof that Meyer’s system produces enough hydrogen to run an engine. To date, no contemporary review studies of Meyer’s devices have been published in scientific literature, although according to some, his claims have been discredited in scientific journals.
In 1996, Meyer was sued by two investors. His car was due to be examined by the expert witness in the case but Meyer made what the witness considered a “lame excuse” on the days of examination and did not allow the test to move forward. According to Meyer, the technology was patent pending and under investigation by the patent office. Meyer’s “water fuel cell” was later examined by three expert witnesses in court who found that there “was nothing revolutionary about the cell at all and that it was simply using conventional electrolysis”. The court pronounced Meyer guilty of “gross and egregious fraud” and ordered him to repay the two investors their $25,000 investment.
According to theorists, Stanley Meyer was offered over one billion dollars from Arab groups and requests were made from people probably from the United States government to stop his invention and keep quiet. According to this theory, Stanley continued forward and completed a working vehicle using his patented device.
Untimely death of Stanley Meyer
While eating at a Cracker Barrel restaurant on March 20, 1998, Stanley Meyer, his twin brother and two Belgian investors raised glasses. Stanley took a sip of cranberry juice. Then, according to witnesses, Stanley grabbed his neck, ran out the door, dropped to his knees and vomited violently.
“I ran outside and asked him, ‘What’s wrong?’” his brother, Stephen Meyer, recalled.“He said, ‘They poisoned me.’ That was his dying declaration”.
Conspiracy theorists say he was poisoned and killed and the Oil Companies and Governments were somehow involved.
Fact or fiction?
No one really knows without doubt and in complete detail what Stanley Meyer was working on at the time of his death. Is Stanley Meyer’s water cell technology a myth, misperception, or urban legend? There are many theories and some notable scientists says that Meyer’s water cell technology was not fully tested, therefore can not be credible. But one thing is for sure, no one knows for sure. With his death, Stanley Meyer’s work ended and if it had been proven valid, his work could have ended reliance on fossil fuels.
Many years after his death, the dreams of the car that ran on water — and the suspicions surrounding Stanley Meyer’s untimely death at age 57 still linger.