Stanley Meyer, the man who invented the “Water Powered Car.” The story of Stanley Meyer got more attention when he certainly died under mysterious circumstances after his idea of “water fuel cell” was rejected. To this day, there are so many conspiracy theories behind his death as well as some criticisms of his invention.
Stanley Allen Meyer was born on August 24, 1940. He spent most of his life in the East Columbus, Ohio. Later, he had moved to Grandview heights where he attended high school and completed education. Though Meyer was a religious man, he had an enthusiasm for creating something new. After his graduation from education, he joined the military and briefly applied to Ohio State University.
During his lifetime, Stanley Meyer owned thousands of patents including in the field of banking, oceanography, cardiac monitoring and automobile. A patent is a form of intellectual property that gives its owner the legal right to exclude others from making, using, selling and importing an invention for a limited period of years, in exchange for publishing an enabling public disclosure of the invention. In all of his patents, the most popular and controversial one was the “Water Powered Car.”
Stanley Meyer’s “Fuel Cell” And “Hydrogen-Powered Car”:
In the 1960s, Meyer invented a patent device that could generate power from water (H2O) instead of petroleum fuel. Meyer named it “fuel cell” or “water fuel cell.”
After that, in the mid-70s, the price of crude oil tripled on the world market and the oil prices in United States were rising every day. Due to the higher expense in fuel consumption, car sales literally dropped to zero. The US Government was under a lot of pressure as Saudi Arabia had cut out its oil supply to the country. Therefore, many companies went bankrupt and the American automotive industry took a major hit.
During this hard time, Stanley Meyer was trying to develop such car that could bring revolution in the American automotive industry. Therefore he designed an automobile retrofitted “fuel cell” that could use water as fuel instead of petrol or gasoline, in a try to end the dependency on petroleum.
In Meyer’s words:
It became imperative that we must try to bring in an alternative fuel source and do it very quickly.
His method was simple: water (H2O) is made of two parts of hydrogen (H) and one part of oxygen (O). In Meyer’s device, these two things were split up and the Hydrogen was used to power up wheels while remaining oxygen was released back in the atmosphere. Thus, the hydrogen car would also be eco-friendly as opposed to a fuel car that has harmful emissions.
To say, this process was already available in science in the name of “Electrolysis”. Where chemical decomposition produced by passing an electric current through a liquid or solution containing ions. If the liquid is water, then it will break into oxygen and hydrogen gas. However, this process is costlier which won’t ease the fuel expenses at all. Additionally, electricity is needed from an outer resource that means the process doesn’t worth it.
But according to Meyer, his device could run at almost no cost. How it’s possible is still a big mystery!
If this claim of Stanley Meyer was true, then his breakthrough invention could really bring a revolution in the American automotive industry, saving trillions of dollars in world economy. In addition, it would also reduce the threat of global warming by reducing air polutions and emitting oxygen in the atmosphere.
Meyer then designed a red Buggy which was the first car powered by water. The brand new hydrogen-powered car was demonstrated across the United States. At that time, everyone was curious about his revolutionary invention. Meyer’s water-powered Buggy was even demonstrated in the news report on a local TV channel.
In his interview, Meyer claimed that his hydrogen car would use only 22 gallons (83 litres) of water to travel from Los Angeles to New York. It’s really incredible to think.
Fraud Claims And Law Suits:
Meyer previously sold the dealerships to investors who could use his Water Fuel Cell technology. But things started to take a twist when Meyer made excuses to get his car examined by an expert named Michael Laughton. Mr. Laughton was the Professor of Engineering at Queen Mary, University of London, who considered Meyer’s excuses as “lame” whenever he wanted to examine Meyer’s work. Therefore, the two investors sued Stanley Meyer.
His “water fuel cell” was later examined by three expert witnesses in court who found that there “was nothing revolutionary about the cell at all and that it was simply using conventional electrolysis.” The court found Meyer had committed “gross and egregious fraud” and ordered him to repay the two investors their $25,000.
The experts further assert, Meyer used the terms “fuel cell” or “water fuel cell” to refer to the portion of his device in which electricity is passed through water to produce hydrogen and oxygen. Meyer’s use of the term in this sense is contrary to its usual meaning in science and engineering, in which such cells are conventionally called “electrolytic cells“.
However, some still appreciated Meyer’s work and insisted that his “Water Fuelled Car” was one of the greatest inventions in the world. One of such believers was a judge named Roger Hurley.
I would not represent someone who I would consider to be a shyster or a bum. He was a nice guy.
Stanley Meyer’s Mysterious Death:
On March 20, 1998, Meyer had a meeting with two Belgian investors. The meeting was held at a Cracker Barrel restaurant where Meyer’s brother Stephen Meyer was also present there.
At the dinner table, they all had a toast after which Meyer ran outside holding his throat. He told his brother that he had been poisoned.
This is what Stanley Meyer’s brother Stephen said:
Stanley took a sip of cranberry juice. Then he grabbed his neck, bolted out the door, dropped to his knees and vomited violently. I ran outside and asked him, ‘What’s wrong?’ He said, ‘They poisoned me.’ That was his dying declaration.
Franklin County Coroner and the Grove City Police had conducted a deep investigation. Afterwhich they went with the conclusion that Stanley Meyer died of a cerebral aneurysm.
Was Stanley Meyer A Victim Of Conspiracy?
Many people still believe that Stanley Meyer was killed in a conspiracy. This was mainly done to suppress his revolutionary invention.
Some also claim that the main reason behind Meyer’s death was his invention which got unwanted attention from the Government figures. Meyer used to have multiple meetings with mysterious visitors from different countries.
According to Meyer’s brother Stephen, the Belgian investors knew about Stanley’s murder because they had no reaction when they were first told about Meyer’s death. No condolences, no questions, the two men never said a word about his death.
What Happened To Stanley Meyer’s Revolutionary Water Fuelled Car After His Death?
It is said that all of Meyer’s patents have expired. His inventions are now free for public use without any restrictions or royalty payments. However, no engine or car manufacturer has used any of Meyer’s work yet.
Later, James A. Robey, who used to host regular webcasts, had researched and considered Stanley Meyer’s invention to be true. He ran for a while the “Kentucky Water Fuel Museum” to help tell the suppressed history of water fuel technology development. He also wrote a book called “Water Car – How to Turn Water Into Hydrogen Fuel!” describing the 200-year history of turning water into a fuel.