InnovaTek, a Washington based company, has recently developed a microreactor that can convert almost any liquid fuel to hydrogen. According to gas2.org, the device can accept a wide range of fuels, including "gasoline, diesel, vegetable oil, biodiesel, propane, natural gas, even the glycerol byproduct from biodiesel manufacturing". All that and the basic unit fits in your hand! Dubbed the NovaGen micro-channel reactor, the device produces hydrogen via a series of catalytic reactions, and can be linked together to produce from 1 to 160 gallons of hydrogen per minute, enough to power hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
The "liquid fuel in, hydrogen out" feature overcomes one major hurdle for hydrogen power, that of onboard storage. While hydrogen pipelines and refueling stations are likely feasible, they would need to be built, and hydrogen is notoriously difficult to store on a vehicle in large enough quantities to provide adequate range. By using readily available liquid fuels, the existing fuel delivery infrastructure as well as existing storage techniques, i.e. a "gas tank", could be used, significantly reducing the implementation costs.
InnovaTek Directly Converts Liquid Fuel To Hydrogen
1. Microreactor Technology - Opportunity to revolutionize the production of hydrogen by converting liquid fuels into hydrogen using microreactor technology.
2. Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles - Disruptive potential to power hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by producing hydrogen through catalytic reactions.
3. Liquid Fuel Conversion - Innovative approach to convert a wide range of liquid fuels, such as biodiesel and vegetable oil, into hydrogen for various applications.
1. Clean Energy - Clean energy industry can explore the application of microreactor technology to efficiently produce hydrogen from liquid fuels.
2. Transportation - Transportation industry can benefit from the development of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles powered by the innovative liquid fuel conversion process.
3. Alternative Fuels - Alternative fuels industry can leverage the use of liquid fuels for hydrogen production, offering a sustainable and readily available energy source.