One Scientific’s latest breakthrough has solved a problem with our technology that dates back to its inception in the 1970s.
If you’ve read our “About” page, you’ll recall that when the earliest prototype of our technology was first tested, it shot a jet of flame across a 30-foot distance and singed the eyebrows of a bystander. It was this incident that caused our founder Michael Redwine to shelve his incredible invention until scientific advancements could help make the technology safe.
The problem stemmed not from a flaw in the technology, but from the inherently volatile nature of pure hydrogen and pure oxygen when exposed to one another. Our technology’s unique method of splitting water produces a gaseous stream made up of 2:1 hydrogen and oxygen. Michael tested various filtration medias to separate the two gas streams—including pure gold leaf—but was unable to successfully devise a method that was both efficient and cost-effective.
Fast forward to March 3rd, 2017. Thanks to years of experience and advancements in additive manufacturing, we have finally produced the solution Michael was searching for with our 3D printer. With this key component, we have achieved over 99% separation of both gases.
Our 3D printed part has a short life due to the filament material limitations. We are now looking to outside vendors who can manufacture this component in a more robust material. This means another round of experiments to finalize the breakthrough and another step closer to commercialization.
This breakthrough is truly a landmark along the journey to bring Michael’s dream to fruition. We can now produce and harness hydrogen gas from water almost anywhere—safely.
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