Just mixing the two gases up doesn’t do the trick – you need a burst of energy to make the atoms join. As hydrogen is extremely flammable (can catch fire easily) and oxygen helps things burn, all that is needed is a spark to provide the energy and then you have water! But you also have an explosion. And it would be a BIG explosion. To make enough water to help the world’s problems would be very dangerous and would require a HUGE scale experiment.
Then again, with science anything’s possible with time. Just think about everything that’s been invented over the 10 years alone – we can now print in 3D, we have smart phones that can take voice commands and cars can run on electricity. There have been so many inventions doing what our ancestors would have thought impossible, so you never know what might be possible in the future.
Hi Insane Harry. As the others have mentioned water (steam) is produced in the combustion process. The tricky part is the second part of your sentence that requires there to be no damage to the environment! The likely work around for producing water without any damage to the environment with the technology we have today is with a desalination plant running on renewable energy. Fusing Hydrogen and Oxygen atoms is risky business!
Manufacturing water this way would be an amazing feat, if it was safe. We could make clean drinking water for poorer countries where it often isn’t safe to drink, or for some places which don’t have it at all. But as Sarah, Nicci and James have said, making water out of hydrogen and oxygen isn’t going to happen just yet, it’s just too dangerous a process involving huge explosions.
I’ve just been reading about other inventive ways people have got water out of thin air… like the Australian inventor Max Whisson who made a big windmill to suck the water vapour out of the air and turn it into liquid water! Sounds great but this needs lots of diesel fuel to run it, also pretty bad for the environment 🙁