You covered several areas in this and some are spot on and others just need more information. So I’m just going to start typing and see where this ends up:
All of our electronics are based on electron movement and actually our world as well (lighting, chemistry, photosynthesis, etc). Conductors will easily move electrons around. Insulators will not. They all can gain and loose electrons.
Conductors when given excess electrons easily transmit the electron along.
Insulators, still gain electrons, but can’t move them and build up what we call static electricity.
The electrons are trapped on the surface. As more and more electrons build up (higher voltage) they finally breakdown the insulator, or go sliding off the surface.
Voltage: Actually called “Voltage Potential” A charge separation between objects, the higher the ‘voltage indicated’ the more charge separation (electron clustering on one plate VS. the other).
Ampere: Known commonly as “Amps” The movement of electrons.
So trying to get on track: When you charge a capacitor you need “voltage potential” to start the process and “amps” are a result. So it takes energy, power (watts = volts * amps) to charge a capacitor, although relatively small for most capacitors.
“So why not just forget this 150y old process with electrolytes and gazillions of amps and just create a conductive surface inside water from an element, that will hold on to its electrons more dearly than water does? Then you pulse that surface/ball/metallic sphere with a positive DC pulse of high voltage.”
I’m not sure if you are saying a conductor holding its electrons more than water, or an element that will take the electrons from water because it holds on so much more.
Let’s go with the first situation. Pick any metal except: Lithium, Sodium, Potassium, Rubidium, Caesium, Francium. If you look into the periodic table of elements you will see this is the far left side of elements. Now, any other metal holds its electrons more than water. Look at Iron for the electrode, as an example. In water iron will last a very long time, however Oxygen (H2 and O2 released) will quickly turn Iron into rust (iron-oxide).
This is what leads us to metals that are not going to become oxidized (rusted).
So we look into stainless steel as one solution. The Chromium in the stainless does oxide, but it remains conductive and very shiny (luster finish) VS. Iron oxide that is non-conductive and simply looks bad. Stainless Steel in the 300 series is the least protective from oxidation. As an example, SS-304 has the lowest Chromium content. SS- 316 has more Chromium and will not exhibit spot rusting. SS-400 series has even more Chromium and is designed for salt water boats, ocean use.
Back on topic:
Since these metals hold electrons more than water, we need to add external voltage, current to make the reaction happen.
Now if I read your above statement as the second part we want to focus on the exclusion list above.
These elements will “rip” electrons out of the water and release Hydrogen. Well actually what is going on is Oxygen meets these elements in water and kick Hydrogen to the curb and attacks these elements. No voltage or external amps needed, but the elements are consumed and H2 is released.
In all the above either way we will consume something, either the elements into oxides releasing H2, or amps based on Faraday.
“Maybe there is a need to experiment on positive/negative voltage and frequency, but am I totally wrong?”
Not totally wrong. This is basically what we have been doing. It just seems gas production is still limited to external amps in our systems.
We can even look into the Saltwater battery with magnesium and graphite. These elements will become consumed, so it is again a limiting factor…but they create a voltage potential difference similar to a battery. When shorted out the salt and water is consumed (salt at a higher rate) releasing H2 in the process.
Stanley Meyer wanted to create an environment, or device, that didn’t consume anything.
His goal was to use voltage potential to split water molecules.
Yes it takes some amps (power) to create the potential voltage and some amps “leak” into the water, therefor some power is consumed.
2,000 volts @ 0.200 amps = 400 watts consumed.
2,000 volts @ 0.020 amps = 40 watts consumed.
2,000 volts @ 0.002 amps = 4 wats consumed.
Moving back to the patent in topic reference, the goal is to see 600-1,000 volts across the cell with limited amp leak.
I say 600 because that is the limit of the blocking diode.
I know others have tried this and failed, so my first attempt is to replicate, then change any variable I see fit to produce a meter reading of 600+ volts across the water plates, with limited amps and H2 O2 production