1888PressRelease – A new hydrogen-producing carbon catalyst can be used to produce hydrogen from water and scrap metals. The new hydrogen production process can be used to generate hydrogen at commercially-useful rates.
New York, NY – Phillips Company announced today that information is now available for designers and R&D product development professionals who want to use a new carbon catalyst invention and new economical methods being used to generate hydrogen at commercially-useful rates.
The patent for the new carbon catalyst invention was awarded recently (August 2015). The patent is online at http://www.PhillipsCompany.4T.com/PA.pdf
One embodiment of this new breakthrough is that it can be combined with electrolysis, requiring some electrical power to start, operate and stop the hydrogen-producing reaction. This makes possible, for the first time, effective electrical control to start and rapidly stop this kind of catalytic-carbon hydrogen-production process.
An important characteristic of the second embodiment of this new breakthrough is that it requires no external power input after the hydrogen-producing reaction is started, making possible, for the first time, the scale-up to high production rates of hydrogen on demand (HOD) using water and scrap metal for fuel.
The carbon catalyst (CC = catalytic carbon) is not a fuel. The carbon catalyst is not consumed in the hydrogen-production process. A growing number of equipment manufacturers are planning the commercialization of this new method for producing hydrogen fuel at high flow rates by extracting hydrogen from water, using scrap iron and scrap aluminum, two of the world’s safest and lowest-cost industrial materials.
The use of a carbon catalyst makes the process very flexible with wide design margins. For example, the process can be used with aluminum powder with very low energy input; or this method can be combined with electrolysis. New proprietary methods no longer require the process to use powdered metal. The new process does not require the use of expensive stainless steel electrodes. Electrolysis with the carbon catalyst allows the low-cost process to use scrap metal in any form. If iron electrodes are used, the iron can be either cast iron or galvanized iron. Cast iron works best, and is a lower cost material, found in abundance in all businesses where scrap metal is offered for sale. Simple and effective cells can be made from two 8-inch-long cast-iron pipes. This allows hardware designers to select the electrical power input for any desired hydrogen production application.
The hydrogen production can operate in any water, including tap water, even if it is dirty, and can operate in sea water, the most abundant source of hydrogen on earth. The process can be used in a wide range of applications because it can be operated at atmospheric pressure or at high pressure.
This simple, straight-forward hydrogen-generation approach appears to be the only method, worldwide, that (1) results in more energy output when the hydrogen is used (combusted, burned) than the energy required to generate the hydrogen; and (2) uses only low cost and friendly materials (carbon and fuel); and (3) uses only two fuels (scrap metal and water); and (4) because of the above, eliminates the need for hydrogen storage tanks for most applications; and (5) can generate hydrogen, directly from the cell, at ANY pressure, limited only by the hardware design; and (6) can produce the hydrogen on demand, or “HOD;” and (7) produces only TWO products (hydrogen and metal oxide); and (8) after harvesting the hydrogen, the metal oxide by-product is environmentally safe and can be either discarded or recycled; and (9) can produce hydrogen with no critical parameter control, leading to a hydrogen manufacturing process that has a wide process latitude, which leads to easy control and therefore low cost for hardware used to produce the hydrogen, and perhaps most importantly, (10) can generate ANY rate (LPM, GPM) of hydrogen.
The world’s first 30 gallon-per-minute (114 liters per minute) process using catalysts for producing hydrogen for fuel was publicly demonstrated by Phillips Company. This new method can produce hydrogen at much higher rates, limited only by the hardware design
30% reduction in fuel cost has been demonstrated using this technology with automobiles. Hydrogen from this process can be combined with common fuels, including gasoline or diesel, to improve the combustion efficiency of existing engines. Existing engines do not require any modification to the engine, because the hydrogen is introduced into the engine via the air intake. Oxygen sensors do not require modification because this new process produces only hydrogen and no oxygen. This new hydrogen production method can produce more energy from internal combustion engines than the small amount of energy required to generate the hydrogen.
The inventor of the unique carbon catalyst is responding to companies that can produce hardware and commercialize the technology in the form of fuel for vehicles, hydrogen fuel for electric power generation, hydrogen fuel for heating, and hydrogen fuel for water distillation.
“We think using hydrogen to fuel ships is promising because the process works well for producing hydrogen from sea water,” said Howard Phillips, the inventor of the carbon catalyst that accelerates the splitting of water. An economic analysis is available from the inventor showing how this method can save $8 million/year for a large cargo ship using diesel and bunker fuel. “More importantly, we think it makes sense to use hydrogen to fuel electric power generators on islands or in remote locations where water is plentiful and cheap, compared to the cost of importing diesel via tanker ships.”
Hardware developers world-wide can license the patent as a way of protecting hardware development costs.
For more information, the patent attorney and licensing agent, Mr. Aasheesh Shravah, can be reached at aasheesh ( @ ) h2catalyst dot com dot