As always, we’re so glad you asked! This summer was the hottest on record since 1880, but we didn’t let that slow us down. If anything, the heat kept us motivated by reminding us of how timely and important the development of our groundbreaking technology is—not only for lowering the cost of air conditioning, but for aiding in the larger fight against the environmental effects of ugly hydrocarbon emissions!
Our first piece of good news is that we’ve initiated plans for our pilot program and are now in the process of interviewing host partners. Through the pilot program, we will obtain empirical data on our technology’s performance, based on a proposed system of 6-12 units with 150-300 kW generating capacity. We’re pursuing clean energy grant opportunities to help offset the cost of the program for the interested parties.
Speaking of interested parties, in July we met with representatives from one of Europe’s largest electric utilities to discuss how we may be able to help solve some of the complex challengesGermany is facing in the execution of its Energiewende (energy transition) program. As a technologically and environmentally progressive nation, Germany sees distributed generation as the way of the future, and OneScientific’s mission aligns perfectly with this vision.
And as our network and influence continue to expand, we still take pride in recognition from our closest neighbors. We were recentlyfeatured for the second time onTeknovation.biz, a website that showcases developments in technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship from OneScientific’s home state of Tennessee. (The site also gave us the spotlight back in November 2015.) Sponsored by the Knoxville branch of Pershing Yoakley & Associates and maintained by Tom Ballard, PYA’s Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Initiatives, the website reaches a large audience both locally and across the U.S.
What’s new in R&D?
In our last newsletter, we mentioned forming a partnership with the University of Kentucky’s Center for Advanced Energy Research (CAER) to obtain a credible third-party analysis of our technology’s performance. For that purpose, we sent the CAER four samples of gas collected from our experiments. The analysis was conducted by CAER Senior Research ScientistWilson D. Shafer, and the results are below. As you can see below, they show that our technology is capable of producing over 90% pure hydrogen gas—demonstrating a much higher level of efficacy than even we expected!
We are also very excited to tell you that as of August 31st, 2016, we have our first patent pending for the fuel generation component of our catalytic hydrogen production system. On a practical level, the patent grants legal protection to our company, our investors, and the rights to our intellectual property; on a more personal level, it represents official ownership, recognition, and validation of our ideas and of the technology we’ve worked for years to bring to fruition.
We gained more steam last month when our founder and inventor Michael Redwine officially retired from his position as Advanced Manufacturing Engineer at Grote Industries and joined the rest of our staff full-time. With Michael leading our research and development and working to finish our fuel separation and the fuel conversion technologies, we’ll be able to advance OneScientific’s mission more quickly. Next steps for R&D: begin engineering the fuel cell component of our system.
Hydrogen in the News
Previously, we’ve focused on the commercial demand for hydrogen energy in this section, discussing its applications in the military, technology, and transportation fields. This time, however, we’d like to highlight the urgent need for hydrogen energy as a humanitarian asset—a tool that not only brings in money and benefits the environment, but protects people and improves the quality of their lives as well.
The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico faced an energy crisis last Friday when a fire erupted in a state-run electric power station and took out the island’s entire utility grid, triggering a power outage that lasted three days. The outage caused hundreds of traffic jams, compelled the shutdown of thousands of businesses and government offices, and left most of the island’s 3.5 million citizens without water service or air conditioning in record-breaking tropical heat.
Puerto Rico was totally unprepared for such an emergency; mired in economic hardships—the territory has over $70 billion in outstanding debt—most of its citizens don’t own and can’t afford a generator. PREPA, Puerto Rico’s sole electric power utility, is now tasked with finding money to update the island’s aging, outdated energy infrastructure while restructuring $9 billion in debt of its own.
Hydrogen energy is currently the only truly clean, sustainable, and reliable solution to such a crisis, and our catalytic hydrogen production system is designed to deliver, using only water for fuel and emitting only water as a byproduct. When we first envisioned the CHPS technology, we intended it to change lives and make a positive impact. With your continued support, we can bring the transformative power of hydrogen energy to the places that need it most, empowering villages, cities, nations, and—most importantly—people across the world.
Imagine a future…
that runs on clean, renewable, reliable hydrogen fuel. The time to transform this idea into reality has come, and with your support, One Scientific is making that happen – by empowering the world with hydrogen energy, one switch at a time.