AlumiFuel Power Announces New Test Reactor for Hydrogen and Steam Generator Products
Early production stage hydrogen generation company AlumiFuel Power, Inc announced today that it has assembled and begun using a fully automated and instrumented AlumiFuel powder test reactor, which will facilitate the accelerated commercialization of API's family of hydrogen and steam generator products.
The test reactor uses a borosilicate vessel as the main reaction chamber, allowing a real-time observation of the aluminum-water reaction and the generation of hydrogen and steam. An electronic pump injects the water into the reaction chamber, and the timing and amounts of water infusions are controlled by a computer. The added instrumentation measures temperatures at the epicenter of the reaction and the post-filtration hydrogen outflow as well as the gas flow rate and cumulative production volume.
The significant know-how and skills that API
engineers have gained during the development of this electronically-controlled system will facilitate the development of additional test systems and an expanded family of commercially available hydrogen and steam reactors.
API's Director of Engineering, Mr. Sean McIntosh, said, "We are very excited about the possibilities offered by the newly assembled test rig. In addition to significantly enhancing our testing of new fuel mixture variations, the automated design will increase our output efficiency, allow us to develop new AlumiFuel formulations quicker, and enable us to scale up or scale down our PBIS-1000 hydrogen generator for other applications, especially fuel cell-based modules for back-up and emergency power."
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