Catalytic Carbon, a new hydrogen-producing catalyst, is now available for commercialization of systems that will use hydrogen for fuel supplements and hydrogen as the primary fuel for large-scale systems.
Tulsa, OK (1888PressRelease) July 24, 2012 - R&D companies can now evaluate CC without restriction. Phillips Company will no longer require Non-Disclosure Agreements prior to shipment of catalyst materials to companies who plan to develop technology and hydrogen products.
"Commercial equipment companies can license the use of the CC, and we plan to make this a very simple licensing process," said a company spokesman. "Several small, new-start companies are developing products using this technology," he said.
Hydrogen fuel storage tanks are no longer needed because of this new method for producing hydrogen fuel at high flow rates using carbon, one of the world's safest and lowest-cost industrial materials. This hydrogen-from-water breakthrough was a result of a catalytic chemistry development that successfully splits water to produce hydrogen, while retaining oxygen in the water.
For many years, experts have agreed that hydrogen will command a key role in future renewable energy when a relatively cheap, safe, efficient and non-polluting means of producing hydrogen can be developed, on demand, at very high rates which make hydrogen storage tanks unnecessary. That goal has been met, for the first time, using the new CC-HOD process developed by Phillips Company.
Catalytic chemistry research resulted in the discovery that an inexpensive activation process can convert normal carbon into a carbon catalyst that can effectively generate hydrogen fuel from water, using a small amount of aluminum.
The aluminum does not have to be pure, making the fuel less expensive. The carbon catalyst does not require electrolytes or organic additives. It can operate in pH-neutral water, even if it is dirty, and can operate in sea water, the most abundant source of hydrogen on earth.
The unique thing about this new process is that it can be designed to run under thermal-equilibrium conditoins. It requires no electrical power or heat input after the hydrogen-producing reaction is started, making possible, for the first time, the scale-up to high rates of hydrogen on demand (HOD), as described online at www.PhillipsCompany.4T.com/SU.pdf
Hydrogen purity measurements were made by an independent test laboratory. The new process produces 93% pure hydrogen with 7% water vapor. When hydrogen from this process was added to the air intake to an otherwise unmodified Buick test vehicle, mileage improvement ranged from 32% to 40%.
Hydrogen is an energy dense and clean fuel. Upon burning or combustion of hydrogen only water vapor is released. No carbon dioxide is released because hydrogen is not a "hydrocarbon" fuel. Today, most hydrogen is produced from electrolysis which requires large amounts of electrical energy or from natural gas thermoforming which results in excessive carbon dioxide emissions. An alternative, clean method is to make hydrogen from water using Catalytic Carbon. The new process is called CC-HOD, or Catalytic Carbon, Hydrogen on Demand.
Before this new process was developed, the use of hydrogen fuel was limited by the lack of an inexpensive catalyst that can speed up the generation of hydrogen from water. "Now that we have found new ways of rationally designing catalysts, we can speed up the development of new catalytic materials enormously," said a company spokesman.
Equipment development and manufacturing is the next step toward commercialization. The new carbon catalyst was developed by an FDA-registered pharmaceutical manufacturing company. Phillips Company is not an energy products company. Accordingly, the development and commercialization of hardware products will be done by other companies. That is the next step forward for this new technology.
Catalytic Carbon was provided to 45 evaluation sites internationally with very positive results. Independent evaluators have produced hydrogen at high flow rates ranging from 1 to 40 liters per minute. The upper limit of hydrogen production rate is theoretically unlimited, and will be determined by the design and operation of the equipment using CC to produce hydrogen. The process produces high-purity hydrogen because when the water is split, the oxygen remains in the water in the form of aluminum hydroxide. The chemistry technology is completely developed, well understood, and ready for commercialization. "We are in discussion with potential licensees. Business agreements with additional licensees, particularly manufacturing companies, are planned," said a company spokesman.
Many new applications are now possible because this process is the world's first process that can be scaled up to produce hydrogen on demand at very high flow rates. Phillips Company is searching for companies that can produce hardware and commercialize the technology in the form of fuel for vehicles, hydrogen fuel for heating, and hydrogen fuel for water distillation.
"We think using hydrogen to fuel ships is promising because the process works well with sea water. 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 oil/diesel via tanker ships," said a company spokesman.
Because the hydrogen-producing process can uses pH-neutral chemistry, the hardware corrosion problems can be virtually nil. In the 2012 State of The Union address, President Obama said, "This country needs an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy -- a strategy that is cleaner, cheaper, and full of new jobs." Most Americans agree.
"We are searching for companies that can become strategic alliances to produce the equipment and commercialize the use of hydrogen for fuel," said A. Shravah, the licensing agent for Philllips Company. He can be reached via email at ashravah ( @ ) gmail dot com
Catalytic Carbon, the world's best catalyst for producing hydrogen from water is described online at www.PhillipsCompany.4T.com/HYDROGEN.html
Inquiries from Europe can be directed to Bion Energy, Ltd., Phillips Company's strategic alliance and authorized agent. The contact in England is fred.davey ( @ ) biongroup dot co dot uk
ED note: More images, tables and graphs are included in an expanded version of this press release available online at www.PhillipsCompany.4T.com/PRH4.pdf