A booming segment of the Perpetual Motion Machine industry is capitalizing on the hype over the "Hydrogen Economy" with claims to produce Hydrogen for impossibly low cost.


Genesis World Energy Founder Arrested in Idaho

On September 23, Patrick Timothy Kelly was arrested by the Ada County Sheriff on a warrant for "flight to Idaho" from New Jersey. The Ada County jail registry is updated every morning at 9:30 Easterm time, and he was still there this morning. At a hearing on October 26th before Judge Oths, Kelly was to be represented by public defender Kevin Rogers against prosecutor Heather Reilly. The NJ State Police would not disclose why they have a warrant out for Kelly, so it's not necessarily related to United Fuel Cell Technologies, Genesis World Energy, Genesis Energy Systems, GWE Technologies, or Genesis Scientific.

Since his arrest, there have been no updates to genesis-scientific.com, Kelly's 415 area code phone has stopped answering, and one of his domain name registrations has gone "pendingrenewalordeletion". So it seems like he's not been getting a lot of assistance from helpers. And since he's represented by a PD and not made bail in over a month, his supporters seem absent as well.


Engineuity Aluminum or Magnesium Wire System

Engineuity R&D a startup from Ashkelon, Israel announced a "Breakthrough in Alternative Fuel". From the write-up at Fuel Cell Works:

Using a light metal wire (such as: Aluminium, Magnesium), water and a special conversion unit, the company has succeeded to produce a continuous flow of hydrogen and steam under full pressure, temperature and power control.

How original! Who would have thought of using Aluminum wire to make Hydrogen? Besides Francois P. Cornish. And who would have thought of using Aluminum and Magnesium? Besides Hydrogenerate.

The volume required for containing the metal wire is similar to the volume required for petrol; however its weight will be 3 times greater. These values are significantly preferred over those associated with other alternative fuel solutions. The cost of this new fuel will be comparable with petroleum fuels at present day prices.

Gasoline must be darn expensive in Ashkelon. The reaction Mg(s) + 2H2O(g) Mg(OH)2(aq) + H2(g) yields one mole of H2 per mole of Mg. One gallon of gasoline is 130.88 mJ, and a mole of H2 is 285.83 kJ, so to replace a gallon of gas would require 457.89 moles of Mg. Multiplying by its atomic weight of 24.3050 we can see that's 11.129 kg of Mg. A gallon of gasoline is 2.791 kg, so the equivalent Mg weight 3.988 times as much, which in Ashkelon rounds to 3. And let's forget the weight of the ash tank. Mg costs in the neighborhood of $2 per kg. So gasoline must cost more than $20 per gallon in Ashkelon.

I should add that I intentionally ignored what Hydrogenerate called "the valuable by-product", Mg(OH)2. Recycling that isn't going to change the cost much.