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Breakthrough in energy from water technology

Green innovation news - by GreenWise staff
23rd May 2012
A US company that has developed groundbreaking new technology to convert water into energy for use in a wide range of commercial applications is to start developing it for commercial use following independent scientific validation.
The technology converts water vapour to a new, more stable form of hydrogen, called Hydrino, at a fraction of the cost. BlackLight Power, based in New Jersey, said it has now received validation in six separate, independent studies from leading scientists that its Catalyst-Induced-Hydrino-Transition (CIHT) process and cell represents a breakthrough in clean energy technology.
Innovative technology
Hydrogen is the holy grail of green energy because it emits zero emissions, but it is currently too expensive to produce for the mass market and it is difficult to store and transport. BlackLight's technology, on the other hand, processes water vapour which is free and abundant and releases 200 times more energy than directly burning hydrogen, according to the company. It works autonomous of fuels and grid infrastructure and is suitable for any power application, including thermal, electrical and transportation. 

"BlackLight’s continuously operating, power-producing system converts ubiquitous H2O (water) vapour directly into electricity, oxygen, and a new, more stable form of hydrogen called Hydrino," said Dr. Randell Mills, chairman, ceo and president of BlackLight Power and inventor of the process.

After studying the process, Dr. K.V. Ramanujachary, Rowan University Meritorious Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, described it as "truly exceptional", while W. Henry Weinberg, a professor of Chemical Engineering, at California Institute of Technology for 18 years and at University of California for six years, said the process could prove to the "one of the most important technological breakthroughs in history.

"I have found nothing that warrants rejection of their extraordinary claims, and I encourage aggressive optimisation and fast track development of a scaled up prototype," said Weinberg. 

Commercial development
Blacklight, which has raised $75 million (£47 million) for researching its technology, said it recently completed a $5 million (£3 million) round of financing and is now ready to begin commercial development of its new process.

According to Dr Mills, the technology can now achieve typical electrical gain of more than 10 times that which initiates the process, operating over long duration at the 10 Watt (W) scale. A 100 W unit is planned for completion by the end of 2012, and a 1.5 kiloWatt pilot unit that can serve the residential power market is expected to be operational by 2013. 

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