Wow! A fireplace with a real flame that’s powered by nothing but electricity and water.
Heat&Glo has developed this piece of technological art that uses electrolysis to separate the hydrogen and oxygen molecules in water, then burns the hydrogen, adding a little oxygen for ambiance. The only by-product is water vapor, which means no need for venting.
This is just too cool, and might it be one of the first steps in producing a method whereby ordinary water can be used to, say, power a vehicle? Or maybe light up a city? How I would envision it is this; the electrolysis process gets a jump start from stored electricity of some sort, which produces a small amount of hydrogen. The hydrogen is used to heat a boiler which drives a steam turbine, which spins a generator, which supplies electricity to continue the electrolysis process, which produces more hydrogen, which continues the electrolysis process, which produces more hydrogen… Get the picture?
Right now I’m sure the efficiency of the system isn’t where it needs to be to become self-sustaining, much less producing an energy surplus, but I say it’s only a matter of time.