When talking about alternative fuel technology, it doesn’t often occur to people that they might actually be able to make homemade hydrogen fuel cells as part of their choice to switch to an alternative fuel. Hydrogen fuel-cell cars eventually will eliminate U.S. dependence on foreign oil. With a fuel cell, hydrogen produces electricity to propel vehicles. No gasoline, no emissions.
But automakers say it could be 10 years or more before they can produce hydrogen-powered vehicles for the masses. A company called United Nuclear says it can speed the process. It sent an e-mail stating that it will produce hydrogen conversion kits for “individual owners to adapt their gasoline internal combustion engine vehicles to burn hydrogen.”
So are they living a pipe dream by promoting a kit that can help you make homemade hydrogen fuel cells? That’s hard to say. However, what we can say is that it has taken years and years for experts to perfect the process of producing hydrogen fuel cells, so making a homemade product probably isn’t going to be as good as a professionally produced version. However, as disturbing as it might be, it certainly is possible.
The purpose of this article isn’t meant to teach you how to make a homemade hydrogen fuel cell. That would take much more space than what we have available. The thing is that while you might be able to manufacture your own fuel cell, finding hydrogen to power it could be a real problem. After all, the everyday Joe probably can’t extract hydrogen from water by him (or her) self. And right now, there aren’t an abundance of hydrogen filling stations around.
The funny part about homemade hydrogen fuel cell kits such as those trying to be marketed by United Nuclear is that they really aren’t available yet. They are being advertised as being available, but the CEO of the company says that there really are no kits available for sale as yet.
If you want to convert your vehicle to run on hydrogen fuel cells, you really should depend on a licensed mechanic rather than trying to make a homemade unit. It is definitely a great move to switch to a hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicle. After all, it has zero chemical emissions giving out only water vapor which is environmentally friendly. But trying to make a homemade hydrogen fuel cell should really be best left up to the experts.
However, if you want to try, our only advice is to do so only after doing extensive research. Know what you are doing when making a homemade hydrogen fuel cell and then proceed with caution. If you get hung up, leave it to the experts.