Mother of all solutions

Published: August 2, 2012

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani engineer, Agha Waqar Ahmad, has claimed that he has invented a water kit that enables vehicles to run on water. Following this ‘invention’, railway locomotives will no longer need any diesel; just fill the fuel tank with distilled water and off you go to Karachi. Flying on water, PIA will come out of the red and will soon regain its clientele. Forget power cuts, just put two litres of water in the generator and sleep soundly throughout the night.

The implications of the so-called invention are mindboggling indeed. To start with, all physics textbooks will need to be revised. Entire chapters on thermodynamics may have to be deleted. With cheap energy available domestically, who will need to import oil from the Middle East? Export of water kit fitted cars to other countries will earn billions of dollars for the country. Our finance minister will then become a strong candidate for the post of the next director general of the IMF. And, of course, the Nobel Prize for physics for the great inventor.

Only time will tell whether Agha Ahmad is a conman or a great scientist, but he has certainly proved himself to be a great media manager. Well-known TV anchors are badgering the government to provide a few millions to him to set up a water kit plant. What is odd is that the only specimen so far on display is the one fitted in his own car. His reluctance to patent his invention indicates lack of confidence in his own kit. He should remember that the moment he produces a satisfied customer, he will no longer need to run after sponsors. The sponsors will run after him. Pakistanis must remember that we have among us several fake scientists, who keep appearing on the media from time to time. One of them even claimed that he could disprove Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity.

Dr Faiz Ahmad

Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2012.

Reader Comments (12)

  • Faheem
    Aug 2, 2012 - 11:52PM

    You are blowing it out of proportions. I believed the Agha was going nuts, but you prove to be bigger dumb then he was.

    For the sake of argument lets say he is telling the truth. Then from no where the electrolysis can create that greater magnitude of hydrogen for airplane to fly. Remember its highly flammable.

    I don’t know how come you commented with all the structures of trains etc. By they way small units may work on this technique but ofcourse its feasible if energizing the battery is less expensive then using the same amount of petrol.

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  • Ijaz Mir
    Aug 3, 2012 - 4:37AM

    Blay Baly Pakistan and Blay Blay people’s part government and minsters. people’s party is promoting this guy there must be some big money in this project.

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  • Zalim Singh
    Aug 3, 2012 - 3:31PM

    From my interaction of Pakistanis- I found most of them to be braggarts. Same thing here.

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  • Abdullah
    Aug 3, 2012 - 6:17PM

    That biggest invention of millennium has no relation with law of conservation of energy. In Patrol car Fuel pump is run by Battery and in water Car instead of fuel pump, tiny current of continuously recharging battery will be used to crack water into OH and H gases with CONTROLLED VERY UNIQUE METHOD OF ELECTROLYSIS, In this invention neither Energy is being CREATED nor DESTROYED; therefore It in no way violates the Law of conservation of Energy. It is just transforming chemical energy of water into heat energy and then after burning in engine to Mechanical energy. So simply, nothing is changed except that black Petrol has been replaced by White-Petrol[Water}. Black Petrol carry Hydrogen also and White-Petrol Water carry Hydrogen gas also. Recommend

  • Aug 4, 2012 - 5:31AM

    @Abdullah:
    The energy required to break H2O into Hydrogen and Oxygen is more than the energy subsequently provided by burning the Hydrogen produced. This would yield a solution where the energy will require addition to keep the process going. There is talk to 30% efficiency in this.

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  • TrueMuslim
    Aug 4, 2012 - 8:40PM

    What bothers me is how little faith we have in the miracles of Allah when Pakistan itself was nothing short of such a miracle.

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  • Faraz
    Aug 5, 2012 - 2:49AM

    @ Faheem, i am surprised to see that you did not get the drift of this letter, it is supposed to be a sarcastic letter, man!

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  • Bilal
    Aug 5, 2012 - 6:21AM

    @Abdullah: A typical car utilizes and energy of about 15 KWh, whereas, 1000 liters of Hydrogen gas when burnt can only provide 1 KWh. Therefore you require a battery giant enough to electrolyse thousands of liters of water within a few seconds, which a car battery can’t never ever.

    Black Petrol (A new name invented) is a Hydrocarbon which releases energy when its Disintegrated and thus moves the piston. On the other hand , White Petrol (LOLx10^24) REQUIRES energy to break the molecules apart therefore there is no comparison between “White Petrol and Black Petrol”

    “Your point: In this experiment neither energy is being created nor destroyed, but its changing its form, so its not a violation of First Law of Thermodynamics”

    Agreed, but you are providing energy to break water apart. That gas is running your engine. Fine? What is providing current then? Battery we’ve already discussed can never provide that huge amounts of current required to conduct electrolysis of thousands of liters of water every second.

    My advice to you: Use Hazrat Google Shah and Bibi Wikipedia Sahiba more and more, will help you.

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  • Aug 5, 2012 - 11:12AM

    2:12 am

    Before you look askance at ideas like this ‘water kit’, know that under modern theories of cosmology the entire universe has arisen out of absolutely NOTHING. The reference to laws of conservation of energy and of thermodynamics by the author of an article calling it ‘Bad Science’ on the DAWN website shows him to be a virtual illiterate in modern physics. He refers to cold fusion and that is a good example of physicists with billions of dollars for hot fusion research at stake denying the reality of cold fusion on the grounds that it violates the laws of Physics, which is like rejecting Einstein’s theories on the grounds that they violate Newton’s Laws — never mind the experimental evidence for cold fusion from thousands of experiments. Whether this ‘water kit’ idea is valid must be decided on the basis of practical demonstration, not theoretical preconceptions; theories are meant to be overthrown by new and better theories and a theory for an empirically observed fact may not be created until much later. Satish Chandra NuclearSupremacyForIndiaOverUSDOTblogspotDOTcom

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  • Joot Singh
    Aug 5, 2012 - 11:45AM

    If the water vapour emitted by this device were re-condensed and fed back into the tank, the need to fill up would be overcome! And if the water kit can run a car, then the little bit of energy to accomplish the re-condensation should be no problem, and you’d never have to fill up.

    Re-condensation would of course be unnecessary in Pakistan, which is blessed with a periodic excess of water, but in drier places it would be a consideration.

    An even cleaner and simpler device would run on pure credulity, but that’s coming with AutoWater 2.n.

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  • Ijaz Mir
    Aug 5, 2012 - 7:31PM

    love fantasy and dreams. Please do not make fun of others. Let them enjoy their dreams, now everyone will be sciencetist, We already have to many politicians.

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  • LookMoo
    Aug 6, 2012 - 3:05AM

    I thinks the whole story says more about Pakistan’s education system and the car dealer mentality Pakistan’s politicians have, regardless if and how it works or not work.

    I would advice all parties to accept a more laid-back approach from both sides .. prove it, allow independent verifications and put the case to rest.Recommend

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