Generating Hydrogen Using US Patent
I decided to do this month's newsletter
on hydrogen production because of a few emails I received from
someone who requested my free biodiesel book and thus got on my
newsletter email list. Normally, I'm not a big fan of hydrogen. It's
expensive to make, it will not run a standard car or generator (or
so I thought), the whole fuel delivery infrastructure would have to
be rebuilt, everyone would have to buy a new car with a fuel cell in
it, and it's very explosive and dangerous. What can I say... I may
have been wrong! The first email was this one...
We are setting up self dependent villages in the
Southern African region.
As an eg, one village (normaly arround
500) grows maize, the next produces Bio diesel from this maize, the
third has cattle etc.
Our bio diesel plant runs on the Indian
technology, we de-sal water through a Grahamtech reverse osmosis
process, produce electricity through a Hydrogen generator feeding a
If there is any further advise, improvements
or knowledge you can share, it would be much
Prof F Cornish
This email initially caught my attention
because he mentioned he was "producing electricity through a
hydrogen generator feeding a generator" . I had never heard of
anybody doing that before, so I emailed him back to try and get a
clarification on what he was doing. His response was...
The H2 is produced on demand in an HSU, more
info at "cornish hydrogen" under google etc. The resultant pollution
is virtualy 0, therefore high carbon credits.
Prof F Cornish
I was still a little skeptical, so I
sent him another email inquiry trying to nail down exactly what he
was doing down there in South Africa. His last response was...
We run all on aired down Hydrogen, we built our units
together with Aerovlot back in the 80's & 90's, and as per the
figures picked up, the unit runns alone for > 24 hours on a spool
costing Rsa 12-00 ($1.80), which runs our remote pumps, heating and
lighting for 10-20 houses.
Prof F Cornish
Here are the last two emails I received from Francois Cornish
regarding his hydrogen generator...
Following your publication and a number of enquiries, I feel it
pertanant that the following should be included,
as you quote "All you thermodynamic experts out there are going
to say that is impossible", this was addressed in the late 80's,
when this mad Frenchman devised the name "Plasma Phisics", which
today is accepted and several University departments have been
initiated in this field. Secondly my sat phone number is +27 82 253
1151, this shold possibly be included as many enquiries are comming
in via clinic fax lines etc
Prof F Cornish
proffpc @ yahoo.com (spaces inserted
to avoid spam - do not type them)
+27 (0)82 253 1151
A number of mails and calls. Prefer that my mail address or sat
phone number be given out.
Have two "big boys" bidding for the license, this will pay for
our cancer treatment expansion program.
Yes it is I who devised this system in the early 80's, but my
interests are in 1) upliftment in Southern Africa and 2) rolling out
our t-cell mod Cancer treatment- results thus far, out of 120 UK
patients all on the <8 week list, ONE fatality (gone on arrival),
all the rest given >5 year remissions. Pitty about the power
outages in the fairest Cape or we would have been able to do many
We run our present units (left over from USSR licence), on 1lb of
spool in +-24 hours, the lister pumps run dual feed gens, second
feed for the HSU. We do not wish to take on the big boys again,as we
feelthat our humanitarian sideis outshining any other C treatment
and NO chemo or radiation!
Interest in manufacturing - well let one of the "big boys" pay
and run with it.
Energy balance --The TU154's ran on a bank of units, using only
spools and water (salinated) from their tanks. Welcome to do the
Prof F Cornish
So... basically, what he is doing is
making hydrogen on demand and then feeding that into a standard
carbureted gas engine/generator setup similar to the one I describe
in "Electricity - Make it,
Don't Buy it". The gas engine probably only needs some minor
adjustments to run on hydrogen. I've never tried it, but I would
expect hydrogen to require a leaner mixture with air and you would
have to bypass the regulator since the hydrogen will be stored at
very low pressures. This is assuming you are converting a propane or
natural gas generator to hydrogen. If you are converting a gasoline
generator engine, you would need to do some other stuff. Here is a
web page that shows you how to convert a gas generator to propane
and I would think converting to hydrogen would be similar... http://www.otherpower.com/otherpower_propane_convert.html
I didn't put two and two
While this "Prof F Cornish" and I were
emailing back and forth, I didn't even realize that he was the actual inventor
named in the famous Cornish Hydrogen Generator patent #4,702,894 -
"Hydrogen Supply Unit". I was familiar with the patent because I
read through it briefly as I have hundreds of other patents. The
first time I read through it, I assumed it was just another
inefficient electrolysis hydrogen generator. But if this guy is
producing hydrogen and he has enough electricity left over to power
10-20 homes, there must be something to this technology! Even
if he was using an external source of electricity to power his
hydrogen generator, it wouldn't make a whole lot of sense to use
more electricity in generating hydrogen than you would get out of
the hydrogen powered genset. I'm sure they don't have that kind of
electricity to waste in their remote village.
What I assume they are doing is
using some of the generated electricity to power the hydrogen making
process. I know! I know! All you thermodynamic experts out there are
going to say that is impossible. But... it seems to be what he is
doing. I'll see if I can't get some more details and post an update
here. So... check back often.
Accessing the USPTO (US Patent and
Trademark Office) Patent Image Database
"Electricity - Make it, Don't Buy It"...
To access a patent, just click on this
and then simply enter the patent# in the box on the screen (Cornish
patent is #4,702,894). All the older patents are images only so
click on "Images" and the first page of the patent should show up.
These images are in TIFF format so your system has to be able to
view TIFF files. If nothing shows up on your screen or some other
problem occurs, then your system probably does not have the ability
to view TIFF images. Don't worry - there is a free download called
AlternaTIFF that is available on the USPTO website. Just click on
the "Help" box at the top of any USPTO screen and then click on "How
to access Patent Full-page images". Follow the directions to install
AlternaTIFF and then retry the process by clicking on the link above
and reentering the patent#. If you can view the TIFF images but you
can't print them, then install AlternaTIFF and use AlternaTIFF's
print icon instead of using your browser's print function or Ctrl P.
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