FuelCellsWorks

Industry News & Information Leader

SFC EFOY ReliOn Hydrogenics Honda Plug Power Toyota BMW

« PREVIOUS ARTICLE

Home

NEXT ARTICLE»



Genesys, LLC Announces an Historic Breakthrough in Energy Technology; the Efficient, Economical Production of Hydrogen From Any Source of Water

San Jose — Genesys, LLC announces an historic breakthrough in energy technology with the granting of a patent (U.S. 7,384,619), assigned to Bar-Gadda, LLC and licensed to Genesys, LLC that will have the potential of eliminating global warming, providing energy security as well as permitting the economic production of hydrogen from any source of water. Water has the highest concentration of hydrogen of any known stable non-carbon substance. This unique technology, called RET (radiant energy transfer), needs only moderate heat and water to generate fuel grade hydrogen. Sources of heat include geothermal, solar and biomass. RET can also be powered from electrical sources such as hydroelectric or wind.

About the Technology: The RET technology has been under development for nearly seven years. Genesys, LLC is presently in commercial development. The company intends to be a supplier of renewable hydrogen to the market. This is the first commercially viable technology to produce hydrogen from water since the advent of electrolysis more than 175 years ago. The principle of the technology relies on the unique properties of the oxygen-hydrogen bond. By using electromagnetic radiation tuned to the OH bond energy it is possible to break the bond with a minimum amount of energy. The rate of hydrogen production using this technology far exceeds that of electrolytic processes. RET is a continuous process technology that also operates at room temperature. RET is modular and easily scaleable as well as carbon neutral. As a result of this revolutionary approach, RET modules may be added or subtracted very quickly to respond to changes in hydrogen demand. The company has a demonstration mini-pilot plant producing hydrogen and oxygen. On October 21, 2009, the company filled and floated its first hydrogen balloon using the patented RET (radiant energy transfer) technology and proprietary hydrogen separation system. This innovative hydrogen separation system, developed by the company, is capable of adjusting hydrogen purity levels in real time, thus meeting different customer requirements. This element of versatility does not exist in the energy industry today.
In a live demonstration of the RET technology, Mayor Darren Cordova of Taos, New Mexico said, “I foresee great success in the future of your technology. I also predict that it will (RET) reduce global warming, generate new jobs, and increase our energy security”. After the demonstration, the Mayor further stated, “We look forward to making the Town of Taos and the State of New Mexico the first to benefit from your revolutionary invention.”
Geothermal Heat is a Vast Resource for RET: Geothermal heat is plentiful, renewable and non-polluting. It can be used to generate hydrogen from water using this technology. The U.S. has enough geothermal heat to be equivalent to 60,000 times the energy consumption today. The RET can operate using low grade heat (<100 C) so that expensive drilling for high temperature geothermal reservoirs are unnecessary. In that mode, water (sea or waste) is injected down the well and steam is created at the bottom that is used to generate both hydrogen and electricity. The electricity is used to assist the RET process and the hydrogen is generated from the waste steam as it exhausts from the turbine. The capital costs are envisioned to be much smaller than electrolysis process equipment. The RET process, using waste heat, can generate its own electricity whereas electrolysis must obtain electrical energy to operate from external sources (many of which originate with fossil fuels). Retrofitting Abandoned Oil Wells: Another large potential source of geothermal heat is the retrofitting of abandoned oil wells. There are approximately 350,000 abandoned oil wells in the United States alone. Old oil fields may be recycled to generate hydrogen in large quantities without the need to drill new geothermal wells. The RET technology needs only a small fraction of that to satisfy all of the U.S. energy needs for the foreseeable future. B.B. Blevins, former Executive Director of the California Energy Commission and a member of Governor Schwarzenegger’s first Climate Action Team stated, “Geothermal energy and heat from abandoned oil wells represent a substantial resource that the RET technology can tap to produce commercial quantities of hydrogen. This can have a major positive impact on California’s clean energy needs for the future.” Retrofitting Existing Power Plants: The technology can be retrofitted on the exhaust of a steam turbine to provide both electricity and hydrogen. Waste steam is commonly condensed in power plants and the energy contained in it is removed, accounting for more than half of the original energy lost. By applying this technology to a conventional power plant, it is possible to increase the efficiency of a power plant by generating hydrogen from the waste steam, thereby utilizing almost all of the original energy of the steam. Generating hydrogen using RET is more efficient and cost effective than producing only electricity using conventional power technology. RET produces no emissions, so it is environmentally benign. Hal LaFlash, Director of Renewable Energy Policy and Planning at PG&E, a major utility company located in Northern California, said, “When your project (Genesys, LLC) is ready for larger-scale demonstration … we would like to explore the possibility of demonstrating the technology at one of PG&E’s generation facilities where the technology could be coupled with waste steam resources.”
Waste Treatment Plants as Profit Centers: The company recently produced hydrogen from wastewater obtained from a municipal waste treatment plant. Municipal waste treatment plants may operate as profit centers in the future using the RET technology. Landfills may also be eliminated under this scenario. The solid waste from both waste treatment plants and landfills may be used as a source of energy to produce hydrogen using RET. Winston Hickox has stated, “as the former Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), I can readily appreciate the potential of this technology with respect to our efforts to address the critical environmental issues of the day”. He also said, “The fact that you can also convert wastewater to hydrogen has additional major implications for the environment.” RET Can Replace all Existing Fossil Fuels A RET hydrogen processing plant can be established near the customer. Thus, a transition to a carbon neutral hydrogen economy can be realized with the existing infrastructure. RET is a flexible technology that can be located in and about urban areas in order to reduce the cost of transporting hydrogen. Mr. Ronny Bar-Gadda, the CEO of Genesys, LLC has stated, “In an age of global warming and peak oil, it is important to find a renewable resource that is plentiful and economic without damaging the environment. Water fits that criteria. Water, like oil and coal, needs to be refined in order to convert it to a useful energy source. RET has established that.”
Biography: Ronny Bar-Gadda, CEO: Mr. Bar-Gadda is an experienced inventor and developer of energy conversion and in-situ chemical generation technology, having completed 12 patents and 5 commercial product launches during his career. As Exxon’s first Biomass Energy Program Manager (Thermal Gasification and Pyrolysis), he developed and commercialized biomass and coal to gasoline technologies as well as developed a widely used catalyst for gasoline reforming. He also held key management and technical positions at Applied Materials, Mattson Technology, and Philips Research Laboratories. Most recently, as CEO of Ronal Systems, Mr. Bar-Gadda raised $12 Million for the company and led the development of innovative semi-conductor process tools sold to various semiconductor companies. Intel and Cypress Semiconductor were major investors in the company. Mr. Bar-Gadda earned a Bachelors of Engineering from Cooper Union and an M.S.E. from the University of Pennsylvania in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry.

Genesys Achieves Historic Milestone: The Efficient Generation Of Hydrogen From Any Source Of Water
Tuesday, 03 November 2009
FloatingBalloon Genesys, LLC is pleased to report it has reached an historic milestone in energy technology. On October 21, 2009 at about 6:37 p.m. PST, the company filled and floated its first hydrogen balloon using the patented RET (radiant energy transfer) technology, which can convert any form of water into pure hydrogen and oxygen. This unique technology uses various selected frequencies of electromagnetic radiation in order to optimize the breaking of the oxygen/hydrogen bond in an energy efficient manner. The products of the decomposition are then separated using a proprietary separation technology into two streams of hydrogen and oxygen. In this demonstration the hydrogen generated from tap water filled a one and a half foot diameter balloon to show the practicality of the process and the purity of the hydrogen produced. This revolutionary, low cost method can run on a continuous basis and uses waste heat and any form of water to produce pure hydrogen and oxygen. The technology is modular and easily scaled, and can use any form of water, such as wastewater, seawater or tap water. The company recently produced hydrogen from wastewater obtained from a municipal waste treatment plant. In order to drive the process, any form of waste heat that is readily available can be used. Given the abundance of solar and geothermal heat, it is possible to have an infinite source of hydrogen. This enables the solution of two major issues facing mankind: peak oil and global warming. Since hydrogen can be produced anywhere using the RET, costs of production, transportation and storage of hydrogen are minimized, resulting in economics that are very competitive with fossil fuels. The process does not use carbon and the hydrogen generated can be used as an energy source; water being the only product, so that it is completely compatible with natural environmental cycles. Ronny Bar-Gadda, the CEO and inventor said, “I can understand the elation the Wright brothers felt on their first flight at Kitty Hawk or when Thomas Edison first switched on the electric light bulb. Only future historians, with a greater perspective will be able to judge this event and technology in its rightful place. But for me, now, this represents the end of a chapter in my book of inventing and developing this technology. I have proven the technology can now be used for practical purposes. It is now upwards and onwards to develop and scale this technology for all mankind.” The company intends to complete development and scale this technology for commercial hydrogen production. This technology is economically very competitive with existing commercial hydrogen processes such as steam methane reforming or electrolysis of water. The RET technology can also provide its own electricity to run the process which is presently impossible with water electrolysis. RET does not compete with food production like bio-fuels such as ethanol or bio-diesel, and drinking water for food production and human consumption, unlike conventional solar thermal technologies that use cooling water for electricity generation.
March 15, 2010 - 2:01 PM