I’m pleased and proud to announce a new speaker and a new important topic at New Energy World Symposium.
The new speaker is Alan Smith, director of Lookingforheat.com and co-founder of the hydrogen power focused company Ecalox. Smith has over 50 years of experience in mechanical engineering, manufacturing, production engineering, industrial chemistry, and teaching.
During the last decade, he has focused on building and supporting disruptive energy technologies, making him an excellent contributor to the New Energy World Symposium.
Lookingforheat.com is the world’s only supply store for cold fusion or LENR—the first main topic of the symposium—and in one of his speaking sessions with the working title Engineering low-cost LENR systems, Smith will give us an insight into the experiences gained from his work with Lookingforheat. He also plans to give us a short live demo of a simple LENR system in action, and in connection with the demo, there will be an opportunity for attendees to gather additional knowledge in a Q&A format.
The new topic at the symposium regards a revolutionary new hydrogen source, developed by the company Ecalox of which Smith is the co-founder. Ecalox has developed a carbon-free and environmentally friendly process for recycling aluminium cans, producing aluminium oxide, and yielding large amounts of hydrogen without any net input of energy.
Burning hydrogen releases only pure water, and the many benefits of the ‘hydrogen economy’ have been touted for decades, but it remains elusive. Both hydrogen vehicles and hydrogen fuel cells are sometimes deployed, but the lack of a low-cost hydrogen supply has limited their use to too few subsidized and often short-lived projects. This is because there is a chicken-and-egg problem—too few users mean no availability of cheap hydrogen, and expensive hydrogen means there is no incentive to grow a market for technologies that use it.
Now, after years of investigation and laboratory experiments, a new process called the Hydrogen Mine has been developed—bench testing of small systems is approaching completion and a pilot plant is at the design stage. The process, which is carbon-free, immediately profitable, environmentally friendly, and has no net consumption of energy uses aluminium cans as a raw material. In this way, it also solves a worldwide hushed-up issue with aluminium recycling and creates a real alternative for those communities currently dumping them.
As with many other materials that are recycled, the official statistics for aluminium recycling have poor consistency with reality. While statistically up to 50% or even 60% of all beverage cans may be collected, even in ‘best practice’ countries at least 40% of all cans end up in regulated or unregulated landfills, and most of the rest end up in long-term storage, and may be exported or dumped at some later date. The real recycling rate globally is nearer to 15%.
The reasons for this are many, ranging from long distance road haulage of cans not being cost-efficient, to highly toxic fume emissions from small-scale local recycling smelters, and low value of the recycled metal because of carbon and other contaminants.
In contrast, the Hydrogen Mine process solves the recycling problem, while also producing hydrogen, tapping into an estimated global stockpile of crushed cans between 3 and 5 million tons. It uses a proprietary aluminum oxidation catalyst, water, shredded cans, and nothing else—no acids, no solvents, nothing toxic—and produces high-grade aluminum oxide and pure hydrogen.
The production of aluminium oxide—or aloxite—is another advantage. Aloxite is used in many industries, and every ton produced in a traditional way releases 8 tons of CO2, 3 tons of ‘red mud’, which is basically a contaminated waste product and thousands of gallons of polluted water. It also pretty much destroys a few square meters of (usually) virgin land.
The Hydrogen Mine has none of these side effects, and it is readily scalable up to a continuous hydrogen energy output of 5MW.
As a co-founder of the company Ecalox, Alan Smith will present and discuss the process and its potential implications in a second speaking session at the symposium.
With Smith added to the speakers and with the new hydrogen source added as a topic, the program of the New Energy World Symposium is getting more complete and closer to be finalized. Shortly ticket sales will start, and I am looking forward to initiating this inspiring and exciting journey together with the speakers and the attendees of the symposium.
Meanwhile, don’t hesitate to pre-register for the symposium here.