Water to Gasoline
Robert A. Nelson
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could burn water for fuel? Think of
all the money we could save, since water costs only 25 cents a
gallon this week!
It’s a wet dream that has been fulfilled several times. The
most recent instance occurred in 1996 at the Indian Institute of
Technology (ITT), where 30-years old Ramar Pillai demonstrated
the apparent conversion of water to a hydrocarbon fuel by mixing
it with a secret herbal formula he had discovered. Scientists
were understandably amazed by the experiment, which was
organized by ITT chemist N. K. Jha. "It is incredible but true",
About two ounces of leaves and bark were boiled in a liter of
water, cooled, and a small amount of salt, citric acid, and
secret chemicals were added. About a pint of combustible liquid
that smells and burns like kerosene was produced within 30
minutes. The National Chemical Laboratory (Pune, India) analyzed
the substance and found it to be a pure hydrocarbon with a
boiling point of 170° C. The new fuel is more efficient than
gasoline, and produces no sulfur exhaust. Researchers at the
Indian Institute of Petroleum confirmed the reality of the
Ramar Pillai was granted 20 acres of land on which to cultivate
the marvelous bush, and he applied for patents on the process.
Then Pillai was accused of being a charlatan; allegedly he had
added oil to the process by legerdemain even as scientists
watched him perform the experiment.
In 1916, Louis Enricht announced that he had invented "a
substitute for gasoline that can be manufactured for a penny a
gallon". As a demonstration, Enricht allowed reporters to
inspect the empty gas tank of an automobile. The reporters also
tasted the water that Enricht then poured into the tank. He
added a green pill, started the car, and gave the reporters a
ride around Farmingdale, Long Island. William Haskell, publisher
of the Chicago Herald, investigated Enricht’s claims. He
"I examined the entire engine and tank. I even tasted the water
before the mysterious green pill was dropped into the tank. Then
I opened the petcock and examined the liquid, which now tasted
like biter almonds. I also tasted the liquid at the carburator
which was the same. I was amazed when the auto started. We drove
it around the city without any trouble".
A few days later, however, reporters learned that Enricht had
been indicted for fraud in 1903, and had been involved in other
phony schemes. Despite his lack of credibility, Enricht was able
to get Benjamin Yoakum to finance him and organize the National
Motor Power Company. Investigators from the British Army were
given a demonstration, and they reported that, "The car operated
as expeditiously and efficiently as it would have on gasoline".
The deal soured, however, and Yoakum sued Enricht, who was
forced to open a safe deposit box in which he supposedly had
placed the formula and a sample of the substance. It wasn’t
there, and the National Motor Power Company folded. Enricht
eventually was convicted of another fraud (extracting gasoline
from peat) and served several years in Sing Sing prison.
In 1917, John Andrews approached the US Navy with his claim
that he could convert fresh or salt water into a fuel with the
same power as gasoline. The chemical costs were about 2
Andrews was allowed to demonstrate his invention at the
Brooklyn Navy Yard, where a motor boat was fitted with a
dynamometer for the test. Commander Earl P. Jessup, who was
Captain of the yard, said:
"We gave Andrews a bucket of water drawn from the Navy Yard
[fresh water] hydrant by one of the yard attaches. He got into
his car with a gallon can which we inspected and found to be
empty and a little satchel he carried with him. In about a
minute he handed out the filled can which I personally carried
to the open fuel tank. While pouring the liquid into the tank,
Andrews held a lighted cigarette close to the liquid, which did
not ignite. That showed it was not gaseous or inflammable at
that part of the demonstration, which to me was most important.
The engine caught just as quickly as it would have done with
gasoline, and after a moment’s adjustment of the carburator, it
settled down to its work, developing 75% of its rated
horsepower, a remarkable showing with any fuel with so slight a
readjustment of the carburator".
In a second test, Andrews was put in an empty room with no
possible way to get rid of the bucket of salt water with which
he had been supplied, except to empty it into his one-gallon gas
can. Commander Jessup said:
"In a minute he emerged with the can filled, and the engine
again used it up, no difference being noted between the salt
water and fresh. Besides myself, Rear Admiral G.E. Burd, the
Industrial Manager of the yard, was present and with the
precautions we had taken --- our own Navy engine, tank and
carburator and our own men supplying the water --- there was no
possibility of deception.
"From a military viewpoint, it is almost impossible to
visual"ze that such an invention means. It is so important that
we have hurried an officer to Washington to make a report to the
navy Department. It is obvious that Andrews has discovered a
combination of chemicals which breaks down water to a form that
is inert until mechanically vaporized by the carburator, when
the spark causes it to burn as gasoline burns".
Walter Meriwether, the Navy editor of the New York World,
met with Andrews at his home in McKeesport, PA. Andrews was
extremely paranoid. He said:
"Somebody poisoned my watchdog last week. The only reason my
dog was poisoned was so somebody could get at me more easily. I
am being followed everywhere, day and night. A lot of people
know about my invention --- how it will put every oil company in
the world out of business. Two cents a gallon for a substitute
as good as the best they can refine? I tell you, my life is not
worth that [snapping his fingers]! Think of what my invention
means to nations at war".
Meriwether offered to arrange for a thorough test of his
invention with the Navy Department in Washington DC, and Andrews
accepted his help. Meriwether managed to arouse the interest of
Secretary Josephus Daniels, who said:
"Tell the man to come on at once; I will have a submarine and
airplane detailed and ready for him on his arrival".
Meriwether telegraphed Andrews, but received no reply. He
returned to McKeesport, but Andrews could not be found.
Meriwether then accompanied the police to Andrews’ home, where
they found signs of a violent struggle in the ransacked house.
No trace was found of Andrews.
But Andrews had not been kidnapped or murdered; he had simply
reported back to his seaman’s post in the Canadian Navy. He
returned to the USA in the 1930s. In 1942, a reporter named
James Kilgallen found Andrews living on a farm near Library,
Pennsylvania. Andrews said that he had forgotten the formula.
Another version of the Andrews mystery states that he was found
murdered in his home in 1937, and all of his notes and supply of
green powder were missing. His sister allegedly took the notes
and fled to Scotland, where she too was murdered only a year
later. The eminent journalist Tom Valentine, who has written
numerous articles about suppressed technologies, once received a
phone call from a man who claimed to be John Andrews, Jr. His
innuendos could not be proven, of course:
"My aunt was killed and then some of my relatives suddenly got
rich and I believe the process for making the powder is known
and the people who know are the Phillips Petroleum Company".
The next person to demonstrate the conversion of water to fuel
was Guido Franch, a former coal miner who tried for nearly 50
years to find financiers for his product. He too used a green
powder to turn water into 105-octane fuel. He called it "Mota",
which is atom spelled backwards.
Franch demonstrated Mota hundreds of times, but never produced
it commercially. He did, however, sell about 3000% of his rights
to interested investors. In 1973, Franch was subpoenaed to
appear in Chicago’s Federal Circuit Court "with any records
relating to the purchase or the proposed purchase of any fuel,
fuel powder, or fuel formula in your possession". He
demonstrated his Mota transmutation in the presence of judges
William Bauer and Philip Romiti, who believed what they saw, and
Franch was acquitted of charges of fraud.
The fuel is produced with one pound of the reagent in 50
gallons of water. It burns clean and leaves no residue. In one
demonstration with a lawnmower, it ran for about 15 minutes on a
small amount of Mota-treated water. An equal amount of gasoline
lasted only 3 minutes. Mota fuel is very sensitive to sunlight,
which will turn it back to water with a white powder residue.
Gary Bolz, a consultant on carburetion and fuel engineering,
was able to test Mota with the help of chemists at Michigan
State University and Havoline Chemical Laboratories. Bolz
"The granules are dark olive green. As they enter water, they
dissolve in a string of green, which begins to spread fiber-like
throughout the water. As the water begins to react, there is a
swirling effect. Reaction is complete in a few minutes. If the
crystals are mixed in 1:1 ratio with water, the resulting fluid
is highly explosive and can be detonated by a small shock. But
it isn’t shock-sensitive when mixed at a normal ratio of one
ounce of powder per half gallon of water. The finished fuel is
lighter than water".
Franch claimed that the manufacture of Mota was taught to him
and others in 1925 by a German scientist named Alexander Kraft,
who died in 1941. One pound of the green crystals can be
produced from 25 pounds of coal at a cost of about $100.
Franch received about $100,000 from small investors over a
period of 40 years. He used that money to live on, and never
manufactured any Mota. He received several serious offers from
major investors, but his financial demands were unreasonable and
nothing practical ever came of his demonstrations and
It appears that we are obliged to continue burning gasoline
until some genius rediscovers the secret of extracting green
crystals from coal.
Guido Franch demonstrating Mota. Photo by Tom
FOCUS, Volume 1, Number 10 (December 31, 1985)
Alternative Energy? What about "those
little green granules"?
by Jimmy Ward
On July 13, 1979, the story of Guido Franch
and his "Mota-Fuel" made the papers nationwide. He claimed he
could turn ordinary tap water into 105 octane gasoline by merely
adding some green crystals to it. With a gasoline shortage in
full swing, his announcement was met with a great deal of
Franch, 69, of Villa Park, Illinois, had
been subpoenaed to appear in Federal Court with records
"relating to the purchase of any fuel, fuel powder, or fuel
formula in (his) possession or under (his) control" since 1968.
Franch did not claim credit for discovering
the mysterious fuel, only for converting the formula for use as
a motor fuel. The real inventor, he claimed, was Alexander
Craft, a German scientist who died in 1941. Kraft was a rocket
fuel expert involved in "doing research way ahead of his
Franch claimed he could make one pound of
granules out of 25 pounds of coal and that it cost him about
$100 to make a pound of granules, but mass production would
drive the cost down to about $4.00 a pound or about 8 cents per
gallon of gasoline.
He was later charged, tried and convicted of
bilking large sums of money from his investors who were never
allowed to see how he made his granules or even how he converted
water to "gasoline". They were given containers filled with a
greenish liquid that smelled like cleaning fluid instead. It did
burn and even power cars, however.
Was he only a con artist, or did he really
convert water to fuel --- or both? It is interesting to note
that during the trial, the matter of whether he actually could
or couldn't convert water to fuel was hardly mentioned. More
curiously, the allegation that his "Mota-Fuel" was a hoax was
NEVER mentioned. In fact, there was no mention of any hoax at
all, only that he had "stolen" money from his investors. Does
this mean "Mota-Fuel" was real? And that it was made from
Actually, this is not the first time those
green granules made from coal have turned up. In the Cincinnati
Enquirer for April 25, 1897, an aeroship (see Aero files
in the Gravity section of KeelyNet), was reported to have
landed, the occupants of which claimed their craft used a
"volatile substance" that somehow NEGATED THE FORCE OF GRAVITY.
C.A.A. Dellschau died in 1924 leaving behind several books of
drawings of strange-looking airships allegedly designed in the
mid-1800s which used a gas that negated gravity in order to fly.
The gas was made by adding green crystals to ordinary water.
Coincidence? These crystals were made from coal too.
Even more bizarre is the story of one Dr.
Rhinelander (apparently a pseudonym) who allegedly was contacted
by aliens toward the end of the century. They supposedly gave
him plans to build an aerial craft which would operate on a
propulsion principle totally unknown to him. He was instructed
tocollect scientists and migrate to a coal mining area of the
MidWest. The nearby coal mines were to supply the basic
ingredients for a new fuel which could be made from ordinary
water. Those green granules again!
More "down to earth" is the story of John
Andrews. In 1917, he used a green powder to convert sea water to
gasoline before the astonished eyes of several US Navy brass.
Even though it was tested in the tank of a motorboat and proved
more than satisfactory, the Navy was "not interested". In fact,
he seems to have been unable to find anyone who was interested!
In 1935, he converted tap water into fuel before members of the
Bureau of Standards and gave a demonstration of its power, but
they too declined to take action.
There are other stories of other inventors
who appear to have been able to transform water into something
resembling gasoline. All of them have the same basic elements:
green granules or powder MADE FROM COAL. Demonstrations are
given, often before such people as Earl Eisenhower (brother of
the president), or large companies such as Ford Motor Co. or
Standard Oil. Typically the alleged inventor never takes full
credit for his discovery and declines to divulge the secret
process for creating the mysterious granules.
Fact or fiction? FOCUS doesn't know either.