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Water System HHO — Lebanon’s Top 20

by Livia Murray

This company is part of Executive’s Top 20 in science and technology. Read more stories of our special report on entrepreneurship in Lebanon, as they’re published here.


Water System HHO

Fadi Moghrabi

Fadi Moghrabi

Industry: Energy efficiency

Year of incorporation: 2000

Project launch: 2008

Employees: None

Board of directors: No

Founder: Fadi Moghrabi


Entrepreneurs are often commended for their constructive endeavors in Beirut in present circumstances, to say nothing of the entrepreneurs doing the same in north Lebanon. Fadi Moghrabi, of the latter category, saw a problem with generator efficiency and spent seven years developing a project out of his garage in Tripoli to remedy the situation. Having spent the past two years commercializing it, his persistence even in present times is a true testament to his entrepreneurial spirit, showing that even in hard times innovation flourishes.

Moghrabi developed a device to economize the wasted fuel in generators that escapes through the exhaust, an innovation for which he claims a Lebanese patent. The device works like a regular HHO system, but with a twist — pumping both hydrogen and hydrogen steam into the heart of the generator. Moghrabi explains that the machine sits next to the generator, splits water molecules to get the hydrogen through electrolysis, and pumps the pure hydrogen into the generator. The same process happens with steam. Moghrabi explains that the hydrogen molecules work on the amount of fuel that would normally have gone to waste.

The use of steam in the system causes more hydrogen to be separated, which is needed in high amounts to help prevent the fuel from going to waste. Moghrabi explains that every generator requires a specific amount of hydrogen — not enough would not economize all the fuel, whereas too much would be a waste of hydrogen. He claims that his device makes generators more efficient by 10 to 35 percent, depending on the size of the generator.

This device can be used for various different applications, provided there is a motor involved. Moghrabi is currently selling to eight clients who are generator companies, all of them based in Tripoli. Their systems sell between $2,500-7,500 for kilovolt-amperes (kVA) ranging from 100 to 1,000.

Moghrabi is currently a one man operation, but he is looking for partners and investment to help expand the concept.

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Livia Murray

Livia covers business, finance and economic policy for Executive.

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