Extract from the article "The solar hydrogen car supplants the electric car" by Luc Augier, Science et Vie, 1979
Jean Luc Perrier, 34 years old, professor at the Catholic University of Angers, believes in hydrogen but his limited means do not allow him to worry about performance. This hydrogen he chose to obtain from a solar plant providing steam, which drives a turbine which in turn actuates an alternator assigned to the electrolysis of water.
For the moment, Jean Luc Perrier has materialized both ends of his chain.
- A set of 263 mirrors fixed on a metal frame 12 meters by 8,60 meters - pivoting with the sun thanks to a system of photoelectric cells - focusing the heat on a boiler, the temperature of which they raise to 800 ° C.
- The conversion of a Simca 1000 engine (purchased 300 F to the case and displaying more than 100 000 kilometers) running on either propane or hydrogen, either taken from commercial bottles.
- The adaptation carried out proves at least that the transformation is easy at the inlet of the carburettor open a normal supply tube, a lower flow tube for idling operation and a "take-back" tube whose flow is modulated by a vacuum system taken from the usual ignition vacuum correction.
- All done with the means at hand, with passion, with the sole intention of showing that "it can work".