A garage inventor in Laramie, Wyoming has come up with a small hydrogen electrolysis unit that fits underneath the hood of a car, which will supplement a gasoline engine with hydrogen gas. According to the Associated Press, inventor Dennis Jarrett says his hydrogen unit can reduce emissions by as much as four times normal and increase gas mileage by double.
So far, Mr. Jarrett has sold the hydrogen electrolysis unit to seven people, including two Laramie residents. The vehicle’s battery powers the electrolysis reaction and only 1.4v is need for the process to occur. He is also talking with the city counsel about selling them a unit that will be tested in the meter reading truck the city owns.
Mr. Jarrett has done much of the research for this gasoline supplemental unit through years of working on his own car, which he calles the Car Hydro 1. The unit Mr. Jarrett came up with, which is not used on this car, is similar to a much larger unit sold in the trucking industry by Minnesota-based Gorilla Development LLC.
Dennis Jarrett represents many other garage inventors who see a need in our society and seek to fill it. It is his pioneering spirit and the spirit of others like him that will spur on the advancement in automotive technology from a grassroots level to mainstream hydrogen for everyone.
Others have come before Mr. Jarrett with their pioneering spirit which has spurred the big automakers into taking action. Let’s not forget about Dr. Andy Frank, Felix Kramer and Ron Gremban who were working on plug-in hybrid vehicles in their garages at a time when nobody was interested, especially the big automakers. Fast forward a couple of years and now GM has announced the Chevy Volt will rollout as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) within a couple years and Toyota is working on a PHEV as well.
Mr. Jarrett has taken a bold first step towards giving small car owners the gift of hydrogen supplemental power. As public awareness rises and customer demand increases for this technology it is only a matter of time before this kind of add-on unit is noticed by the Big Six in the automotive industry and become optional equipment on many of their standard automobiles.