So this time of year by routine is generally when I try to launch new development and bring it beyond the concept level. I have a lot on my plate, but what I really want to work on is the “H Gen Gasifier” this will be a whole new level of development and introduce the hydrogen generator for the Hydrogen Plasma reactor. This will also feed in pure Oxygen as this is a splitter cell. Its not an HHO cell as the H and O are separated from one another at production. The gasses will be re combined later at the hearth.
So why would I want to do this? In concept or theory, this will increase the gas energy density by eliminating the Nox that is in atmospheric air. If the theory holds true; then the units can be down sized quite a bit, making them more cost effective (even with the added equipment). Additionally one of the physical challenges of gasification, is fuel flows; as we are dealing with a solid fuel. Unlike a liquid or a gas, fuel flows are not linear and never will be. We can get close and many have shown very consistent gas production. However even so your “raw” fuels are not even close to flow consistencies of a liquid or gas fuel. There is more as there will be steam reforming implemented and indeed the lower charcoal unit has its place in this plan. So there will be two steam injection systems. With an air gas mixture that has a controlled flash point in the hearth the raw fuel flows are no longer as much as an issue. With this system it buys some time for those issues to self correct or automation intervention.
So to put this to the test, I simply recirculated the produce gas back into the gasifier. Pics speak for themselves and it did this for over an hour with less than half a hopper load. Probably three pounds of fuel. I know that the blower is capable of boosting the engine and I know the generator runs for an hour on a full hopper load. So Id have to say there are some efficiencies gained. However I need to re test and re test again to make sure this is repeating and not some other thing is happening that Im not aware of.
This is with the char unit wide open and feeding the hearth a woodgas mix. It can not run in char mode wide open otherwise. At least not for very long with out the top reactor going out.
I ran a battery test on the battery I had at the show. Its junk!! haha. The amps test is in the dirt 10% of what its supposed to be. I ran that blower from the charger and it screams like its supposed too. generally my blowers are a bit loud.