Sun Operates Gas Machine (May, 1938)

I’m pretty sure that gas is called “steam”.

Sun Operates Gas Machine

Developed by Otto H. Mohr, of Concord, Calif., a specially constructed machine utilizes the sun’s rays to produce a gas which, when broken up by means of an electric current, yields hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen and oxygen are then stored in separate tanks for cooking, heating, etc.

6 comments
  1. Toronto says: July 12, 201111:30 am

    This makes no sense. If you have electric current, you can break water into H2 and O2. What’s the mystery gas?

  2. Andrew L. Ayers says: July 12, 201111:34 am

    Apparently, he also made a solar powered “death ray”:

    http://davidszondy.com/…

    @Toronto – I think his “mystery gas” was “hot air”. I wonder how many people he scammed…

  3. Andrew L. Ayers says: July 12, 201111:38 am

    Oh – also mentioned in that “death ray” link I gave above was this tidbit – he made a solar-powered refrigerator:

    http://books.google.com… H. Mohr&pg=PA30#v=onepage&q&f=false

    Now – this invention likely worked; it’s a form of an ammonia-asorption phase-change refrigeration system; he essentially took one of these:

    http://en.wikipedia.org…

    …and made it solar powered. In fact, you can still buy solar refrigerators that operate on a similar principle (although I think butane or propane is used as the refrigerant).

  4. John says: July 12, 201111:50 am

    Andrew L. Ayers » Yeah, Charlie posted about this guy before

    To his credit I found two of his patents and the heater looks an awful lot like the device pictured. We are relying on the writer for the existence of the “mystery gas”.

    Solar Heater
    Solar Cooler

  5. Charlene says: July 12, 20116:02 pm

    You all think you’re confused: I originally misread this as “Sun Operates Gay Machine”. I wondered, how can they tell?

  6. Steve Weiss says: October 28, 20116:54 am

    Solar operated Hydrolyzer (sp?). It appears he was using solar power to separate H & O from water and store them as separate gasses.

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