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Has Oil’s Alternative Been Found?

A "Holy Grail" solution in our search for an alternative energy source.

Almost a century ago, a discovery made in the Persian Gulf would change the region forever.  In 1911, the Brits found oil.  Today, the thirst for this liquid gold is greater than ever, providing a tremendous revenue source for oil producing states in the region.  Unfortunately, however, in the Persian Gulf country where it was first discovered — Iran — oil revenues are being used to sponsor terrorism and fuel its efforts to develop nuclear weapons.

Nothing short of a unified international diplomatic effort, or military action, against Iran will alter Tehran’s game plan.  But, a very creative American inventor may have the key to a vehicle capable of depleting the financial fuel powering Iran’s evil intentions. His technology is gaining keen interest.  If what it does is further established at an international competition to be held in May 2010, it could prove to be a “Holy Grail” solution in our search for an alternative energy source — changing forever the geopolitical landscape of a world dependent upon access to fossil fuels.  

With patents pending, the inventor has developed a prototype of his technology which he has already introduced to high level government officials in his home state.  It is powered by two resources available globally, in unlimited supply and, at no cost.  It requires access to just air and water (either fresh or salt).

Known as the “Hydrophi Car Engine” (HCE), it combines two innovative technologies.  Simply put, HCE operates as a super airflow accelerator that methodically converts air and water into hydrogen and electricity.  Hydrogen technologies to date have presented potential risks as they require the gas be stored under pressure.  But HCE is uniquely designed as a power on design system to avoid this risk — which is the basis for its pending patents. 

Every US president since Jimmy Carter has emphasized the need to wean an America, addicted to foreign oil, off its dependency, implementing various government initiatives seeking to do so.  All such initiatives have failed as America’s dependency has only increased.  For the first time, HCE makes this goal achievable.  And, HCE’s simplistic design enables the weaning process to be achieved quickly.  There is no need to await construction of a “hydrogen highway” or “electrical station plug-in” infrastructure to support HCE-powered vehicles.  It offers a “quick fix” solution to an alternative energy source as every car on the road today can be retrofitted with HCE.   

While past years of research have borne witness to the expenditure of a great deal of time and great sums of money to develop an alternative fossil fuel source, HCE’s research and development team will soon prove whether it has, indeed, found a “Holy Grail” solution.  HCE is participating in the worldwide Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize Competition — sporting a $10 million prize.  The challenge is to “design and build production-capable, 100 MPGe (miles per gallon energy equivalent) vehicles that people will want to buy and that meet market needs for price, size, capability, safety and performance.” A total of 117 companies filed to compete, of which 43 participated in a technical summit at the 2009 SEMA show in Las Vegas in early November. 

SEMA is the world’s premier automotive specialty products trade event, drawing the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place.  Of 43 participating teams, only twelve, of which HCE was one, were invited to exhibit their cars/technologies at SEMA.  Peering under the hood of HCE’s Ford 500, SEMA attendees were astonished to find no engine!  And, unlike the smaller size car frames of HCE’s competitors, HCE does not sacrifice passenger comfort.  A POPULAR MECHANICS reporter attending the show observed HCE “will be an interesting entry to watch.”

HCE incorporates a “unique application of a power-on-demand regeneration system (which) allows for re-charging of a Battery Electric Vehicle while operating WITHOUT HAVING TO PLUG IN…(It) minimizes the carbon footprint and allows a production vehicle to attain over 100 MPGe in fuel efficiency.”  When the final phase of the X Prize Competition begins next May, the plan is to have HCE technology power a vehicle 3000 miles across the US — without refueling.

Israel has long faced aggression from various terrorist groups funded by oil producing states.  In a 2006 speech delivered by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon before taking ill and falling into a coma, he encouraged his people to remain strong for another 30 years.  He was hopeful, by then, a new technology might evolve to render oil obsolete, thus depriving terrorism of its financial fuel.  What a fitting tribute to this statesman warrior, still clinging to life today, his prophecy might come true much earlier than thought. 

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Lieutenant Colonel James Zumwalt is a retired Marine infantry officer who served in the Vietnam war, the 1989 intervention into Panama and Desert Storm. An author, speaker and business executive, he also currently heads a security consulting firm named after his father -- Admiral Zumwalt & Consultants, Inc. He has also been cited in numerous other books and publications for unique insights based on his research on the Vietnam war, North Korea (a country he has visited ten times and about which he is able to share some very telling observations) and Desert Storm.

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