His cell is very similar to the regular electrolytic cell. But rather than using a low volt, high amp power source, it uses current measuring in the milliamps but rather high voltage. It also doesn't need the addition of current conduction aids such as sulphuric acid as it actually works best with pure water. Add to that, the cell remains cool no matter how long it's being used. The electrodes are placed parallel to each other, 1.5mm apart. To explain the close proximity of the electrodes he noted that the amount of hydrogen-oxygen mix produced increases as the plates get closer. Furthermore, after a successful demonstration before the Patent Review Board,Meyer was granted a series of patents under Section 101.
From the electric point of view, the two electrodes separated by water form a capacitance element that can be easily measured as we know that the dielectric constant of the water is about 5. So by the addition of an induction coil we get a resonating circuit. When connecting this circuit to a pulse wave generator of high power along with a halfwave rectifier (a diode), it forms what's known as charge pump circuit. As the potential builds up between the plates, the water separating them breaks down creating hydrogen and oxygen ions which allows the conduction of the high currents between them. Then these ions combine together in pairs generation dihydrogen and dioxygen molecules. So in order to sustain this production of these ions at a high rate, the supply must stop delivering the high pulses to the plates allowing the water molecules to return to their normal state, and then we can conduct the pulses again.
Keith Hindley, a research chemist, describes Meyer's experiment as one of the promising in the field of water fuel cells saying, "After a day of presentations, the Griffin committee witnessed a number of important demonstrations of the WFC".
An independent team of scientific observers from the UK stated that Meyer managed to generate and sustain a flow of oxygen and hydrogen mixture, using milliamps current rich, enough that if it busted into a flame, it would be capable of melting steal! Even though he supplied the US Patent Office with all the required information to be granted a patent for "power from water", Meyer refuses the release for any detailed information that would help scientists and researchers to make their own version of his water fuel cell.
Another system was demonstrated using parallel plates rather than electrodes, which also used milliamps currents, but the pulses reached voltage potentials of the tens of thousand. The gas mixture in this case as well was inversely proportional to the distance between the plates.
Later he experimented with another cell containing nine double tubes made of stainless steal, which generated more hydrogen-oxygen mixture than any of the other cells he used before. Documented footage proved that as he increased the input voltage and sustaining the milliamp-scale current, the mixture production was stunning. They quoted, "We did notice that the water at the top of the cell slowly became discolored with a pale cream and dark brown precipitate, almost certainly the effects of the chlorine in the heavily chlorinated tap water on the stainless steel tubes used as exciters”.
The outcome of these tests point to a safe, efficient and controllable system of gas production which also has a high speed of response as the amount of generated gas mixture is totally controlled by the input voltage applied, and the reaction stops the second we cut the power feed to the circuit.
It was then announced that Stan Meyer made a discovery of a revolutionary method of stripping down water to its original components. This system was then tested over three years which led to granting him patents on higher level as engineers and scientists approved that it does what Meyer claimed.
He also stated that he managed to make a VW run for four years on his oxygen-hydrogen mix generated from six cylindrical cells and added that the mixture can be enhanced even more by the use of laser through fiber optics.