From the article "The hydrogen car supplants the electric car" Luc Augier, Science and Life, 1979
Jean Luc Perrier, 34 years, professor at the Catholic University of Angers, believed to hydrogen but its limited resources do not allow it to care about performance.
This hydrogen, he chose to get from a solar installation providing steam, which drives a turbine which in turn activates a generator assigned to the electrolysis of water.
For now, Jean Luc Perrier materialized both ends of its chain.
- A set of 263 mirrors fixed on a metal frame of 12 8,60 meters meters - pivoting with the sun through a photocell system - focusing heat on a boiler which they bear the temperature 800 ° C.
- Transforming a motor Simca 1000 (purchased 300 F to the case and to display over 100 000 kilometers) operating propane, or hydrogen, either taken from bottles trade.
The adaptation carried out at least proves that the transformation is easy at the inlet of the carburettor open a normal feed tube, a lower flow tube for idle operation and a "recovery" tube whose flow is modulated by a vacuum system taken from the usual vacuum depression correction.
All done with the means on board, with passion, for the sole purpose of demonstrating that "it can work".