I am sure that everyone on this forum has seen the old black and white picture of a 1930’s bus, somewhere in Europe probably, with a large bladder full of woodgas on top. I have no idea how practical it was or if it really even worked at all.
Recenlty, (sorry, but I can’t remember where — maybe the stakproperties website) I saw a big bag of some sort that they are currently selling for storage of woodgas. Still sounds kinda scary.
But listen to this:
Several years go, let’s say about 2007 or 2008, I was reading some alt. fuels website and this guy was saying that he would NEVER post anything again about what he had been doing, since people flamed him for what he was talking about.
Fortunately for me, I was able to find a link to some of his earlier posts, before he quit communicating with the outside world.
Here’s what he did:
He had two old wind powered water pump towers. He, I think, kept the old multiblade fans and used them to turn a certain model of GM alternator, geared up big time. He said the alternators only lasted a couple of years in this service, but that he had collected up enough of them to last for his lifetime.
Anyway, he used the output to perform electrolysis of water, using a H tube setup of his own design. I think the system pressure was that of the domestic water pressure that fed the H tube.
Here comes the STORAGE part:
He installed two used utility poles in his yard, He obtained several dozen used B-52 inner tubes. (I checked at the time and yes, you can buy them). He tossed a dozen or so of the inner tubes over each utility pole. He placed a wieght of some sort on the top of the pile. He connected all the tubes in one stack together in parallel. He filled them with the hydrogen as it was produced. When one stack was full, he’d switch to the other stack and fill it in the same way. The full stack was then connected to whatever appliance he wanted to run.
Note: He was storing only the hydrogen this way, not Brown’s gas.
It was not clear if he used a third “pole of inner tubes” for the oxygen, but he did say that the only use they had for the oxygen was for welding.
I think he was in Utah or Idaho.