An interesting clipping comes to me in passing via Facebook, and I’d really like to know more about it – it’s certainly something of a local legend, and I’d like to investigate it as respectfully as possible.
Ivan Pitt posted the following clipping about his Uncle, Lori Thomas on Facebook, and kindly agreed to let me share it with readers, for which I’m hugely grateful.
Lori Thomas is spoken of very often in hushed tones locally, and I believe he worked either with, or at a Walsall Wood company for some time on his claimed revolutionary water powered (or assisted) engine.
At the outset, I’ll point out I’m sceptical; Lori’s idea appeared to function on the basis of using current from an alternator to perform electrolysis on water, the hydrogen evolved from which was used to bolster the fuel intake. This went through a phase of viral popularity around 2008, and is often termed HHO; there are significant scientific dismantlings all over the net, including this brilliant one from Popular Mechanics in 2009.
Essentially, whilst there is energy in water, it’s very stable, and usually takes the same, or more energy to free it, unlike hydrocarbons which store energy in huge density and are unstable, thus combusting (and freeing the energy) readily.
Wikipedia also has a nice summary on the legends of water-powered cars.
However, I’m sure Lori was genuine and a very clever man who thoroughly believed in what he was doing, and I’d love to know more about it – so what do you know? Please comment here, or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.
WATER ENGINE INVENTOR DIES
Tony Larner pays tribute to local genius on brink of world fame
The Cannock inventor who rocked the world with a revolutionary, pollutant free car engine has died.
Mr. Iori Thomas, 70, suffered a heart attack at his home, followed by two more massive attacks at Walsall Manor Hospital. He died on Tuesday morning. He leaves a wife, Nancy, daughters, Valerie and Lynda, and son Roger.
The death comes as a tragic blow. Iori battled for over 20 years to realise his dream of a car engine that ran, to a large extent, on water. He had intended to fly to America in two weeks to speak to a host of interested companies.
The son of a Welsh miner, Iori had deep convictions in his invention – despite all sceintific doubt. After years of hard work he produced a car engine which harnessed the power of water, instead of petrol, cutting pollutants to a minimum.
Following a Chase Post front page on the inventor’s work, Iori was featured in the national press and on TV. His engine was seen as a massie breakthrough in the battle to beat acid rain.
Mr. Thomas had told the Chase Post: ‘When the world realises what I have done it will open-up like a mushroom. I am now in the position to get a loan for £10m which will be used to build a local factory for the production of these engines. I love the Cannock area and I want to put something back into it.’
His eldest daughter, Lynda Cooper, now owns the rights to the invention. She told the Post: ‘It has come as a tremendous blow and the family are still in shock. My father has always been very healthy. It is a tragedy that he did not get the recognition he deserved when he was alive, but I believe one day he will. He was a truly brilliant man.’
And she added: ‘As for his plans for the engine I would hope that we can continue them as he would have wanted. If not then we will have to start looking for some car company to come in for them.’