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Converting to hydrogen power

  1. Jan 22, 2010 #1
    Executive Summary

    This plan retrofits existing gas stations for hydrogen power with no distribution system. Salient Resources has designed a patent-pending energy source using naturally occurring processes that can provide the energy required to extract hydrogen directly at the pump. This eliminates all distribution and the only input to the gas station (hydrogen station) is water.

    Salient Resources is seeking $50,000 in research capital to finalize the design of the energy machine and hydrogen extraction technique. Salient Resources holds patents for these processes, but is not in the business of building the machines. Those machines can be built by the oil company, utility company, or subcontracted to another business.

    The perceived problem with hydrogen-powered vehicles is that more power is required to extract hydrogen from water than can be harnessed from the hydrogen itself. SR's capillary energy machine eliminates this problem by making the energy source nearly free using only temperature differential and natural chemical processes (eg. sunlight and water evaporation/condensation). Energy for on-site hydrogen extraction is then available with no distribution system.

    At its simplest, the patent-pending capillary energy machine operates as a miniature rain machine. Water evaporates, capillary action pulls water up between the air molecules, the water cools and condenses at the top, and the re-condensed water is channelled back down to power a turbine. To maximize efficiency and for use in colder climates, some research is needed to find more efficient fluids (eg. mercury or argon). The machine uses natural processes and heat differential to operate. Heat differential can be realized through sunlight or through building a tall machine to maximize the heat differential between the warm surface on the ground vs. the cooler air a few hundred feet up.

    Because the capillary energy machine utilizes natural processes that are well known to most scientists, the research cost required to design a machine of sufficient power for this purpose will cost less than $50,000. Chemists know the details of how these processes work, but never understood how capillary action could be used to build an efficient energy machine.

    Salient Resources holds another patent that will likely make hydrogen extraction at the pump much less energy intensive, but is still in research phases.


    Business Description

    Salient Resources' vision is a clean energy world with capillary energy machines providing the power for individual gas stations. Hydrogen is extracted from water directly at the pump. Estimated costs for the energy machine, hydrogen extraction machine and pump is less than $50,000/gas station. The marginal cost to the hydrogen will be the cost of the water plus a patent fee of $0.01/liter (patent fee will likely fall as the technology is adopted). This should enable retail costs to remain below $0.25/liter (including taxes, overhead, retailer profit, oil company profit, etc.)

    Possible breakdown of $0.25/liter cost to consumer:
    Taxes $.05
    Retailer overhead $.05
    Retailer profit $.05
    Oil company profit $.05
    Patent fee $.01
    Fixed costs/maintenance $.04
     

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