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Star Scientific says its HERO technology can power the world (video available)

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Star Scientific was founded in Australia 25 years ago by nuclear engineer Stephen Horvath, who hoped to commercialize nuclear fusion using deuterium, which contains unstable subatomic particles called muons. We are a small company established near the city of Newcastle. His son Andrew spent a lot of time in his father’s lab and started tinkering with things himself.

These experiments led to the development of catalysts that react with hydrogen and oxygen to produce heat. Not just heat, but 700º C (1292º F) heat — enough heat to spin a turbine that relies on superheated steam. Andrew Horvath calls this the HERO process. It stands for “Hydrogen Energy Release Optimizer”.

Let’s stop there. This has all the hallmarks of fraud. This is one of those “too good” stories that might actually be too good. In fact, if it wasn’t featured in this week’s email, clean technica from bloomberg green, probably not reporting at all. However, some believe that this process has its merits.

“Star Scientific’s technology can be scaled up and used in a variety of applications, including direct energy generation by turbines and thermal heating. bloomberg greenFor those who haven’t had the pleasure of visiting this charming seaside community about 40 miles north of Sydney, Newcastle is one of the places where coal is exported from Australia to world markets 24 hours a day.

“We have four very large coal-fired power plants around Newcastle that basically use steam to actually drive turbines,” says Donne. “At the moment, it’s done with coal, but it could be done with hydrogen using existing infrastructure.”

Giving the example of Japan, where 70% of turbines still have 40 years of life remaining, Andrew Horvath adds, “We see a lot of opportunities for existing steam turbines that have some life.” increase. “Why throw them away? They’re already connected to the grid.” The HERO process will ultimately allow operators of coal-burning power plants to build entirely new power plants. instead, it can be retrofitted to run on steam heated by green hydrogen.

The key, according to Andrew Horvath, is that currently the only way to make heat from hydrogen is to burn it. “We don’t burn hydrogen, and that’s the real key that we’ve been pushing and people are paying attention to,” he says.

If heat is your problem, HERO is the answer

Horvath says HERO can bring emission-free heat to virtually any commercial activity. Star Scientific receives dozens of emails a day from prospective customers, he said, and the company is in talks with water treatment companies, brewers, dairy companies, meat processors and desalination experts. It is said that there is “There is so much demand and the market is closing in on us,” he says. In January 2021, the company signed a contract with the Philippine government to consider retrofitting some of the country’s coal-fired power plants.

A pilot project to test the system at a factory operated by Mars Inc.’s local division is pending regulatory approval, which Horvath expects in 2023.The technology “has great potential for the entire food manufacturing industry,” said Bill Heeg, General Manager of Mars Food Australia. Bloomberg green. “Thermal energy is critical to the business of cooking food and this technology has the ability to produce unlimited heat without combustion or zero emissions.”

HERO Wins Multiple Awards

In 2020, HERO won the prestigious S&P Global Platts “Best New Energy Technology” award. In 2021, Star Scientific won top honors in the New Economy category at the 24th Annual South by Southwest Event in Texas. “This award is a recognition of our ability to use renewable hydrogen in his HERO today to solve real energy challenges, especially energy consumption in the digital economy,” he said. he told his Central Coast Community News.

“The most logical and viable path to decarbonizing our entire world is through technology that addresses heat and energy requirements across the entire product production process, and HERO makes it happen. The beauty of HERO is its scalability: partnering with technologies such as the new generation supercritical sCO2 turbine, HERO can be used for small-scale off-grid power generation purposes, especially in rural and remote areas.” At SXSW 2022, HERO Technology once again topped the awards list as a finalist in the Innovation category, according to LinkedIn.

A LinkedIn post reveals that HERO generates heat when a gaseous mixture of hydrogen and oxygen flows over a patented catalytic coating. This flameless catalytic reaction produces a full range of industrial-scale heat from 190°C to over 1000°C, the only by-product of which is pure laboratory water. This globally patented clean energy technology has already secured both government and commercial contracts.

The world’s 8,500 coal-fired power plants, which produce approximately 25% of all electricity, can transition to climate-friendly hydrogen-based HERO heat at no conversion cost to operators. It not only preserves existing infrastructure and jobs, but also provides affordable green power to the community.

Star Scientific is also developing HERO regional and regional heating and cooling applications, using HERO’s efficiency and high heat output for communities suffering from prolonged drought conditions. is creating new desalination solutions for New strategies for data center power and industrial and district heating are also being considered. Star Scientific’s innovative Heat As A Service business model leverages the global green bond market to remove economic barriers to power plant adoption and global technology distribution.

Takeaway

There are some questions a keen observer might have. First, green hydrogen is not very abundant these days. Every time the word “hydrogen” enters the conversation, the fossil fuel crowd immediately jumps on the hydrogen bandwagon as long as they can make it from methane. “Natural” than coal or oil. Any discussion of hydrogen should be careful to exclude methane-dependent sources. Methane likes to be disguised by the industry’s pleasant-sounding moniker “blue hydrogen.” Barony. Don’t be fooled by their lies.

Second, what we have here is an amazing new process that relies on a secret catalyst of which we know nothing. There are no laboratory tests that we can access, no peer-reviewed studies we can refer to, no independent studies we can investigate. We must believe that the top-secret catalyst discovered by Star Scientific claims to be harmless to the environment and that its production does not emit carbon dioxide.

All we have to go on is the fact that some trials have been approved, and happy stories from local scientists, which may or may not be fair. They make news about HERO technology more exciting than anything else.

 

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