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Custom Designs


Robotics Controllers
Multipoint Digital I/O
& 24Ch A/D & D/A
(Commercial and Military)


Complex Waveform
Generators (Commercial and Military)


16/24 Channel
Electric Fence Detection and
System Controller


Fast Prototyping and Concept Proofing
(Lake/Ocean bottom Silt Level Detection)

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Cellulose Ethanol Processing and
Co-Generation

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Hydroponic
Lighting and Robotics

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Hydrogen Generators

Hydrogen

Hydrogen generation, unlike ethanol or methanol requires very little infrastructure to produce reasonable amounts of combustible gas. Both types of “green” technology are viable, however, because of its compactness, Hydrogen generation is more suited to smaller applications such as homes or small businesses.

Recently, Vortex began developing high yield, low current hydrogen production cells. Our modular units, which are produced in banks of 10 cells per unit are presently under test. They can produce as much as 3.6 to 12 liters per minute (60 cc’s/second minimum to about 200 cc’s/second) from a volume (in total) of about 180 cubic inches (18 cubic inches per cell) running at 5 to 12 volts. Multiple banks of this type of cell might be capable of powering a vehicle with an electric motor/generator set, however, at this time we are concentrating on electrical energy generation for homes and small farms up to a maximum of 25kw (200amp service).

If you have an interest in permanently going off the grid and/or supplying electricity receivables back to your electrical utility provider, contact us, we can help.

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Running our first series of tests, we powered the cells with 4 vdc @  50amps (200 watts) and used a custom blended electrolyte which produced about 4 liters per minute (2/3 H2 and 1/3 O2) or about 240 liters per hour. We will be increasing the voltage to between 5vdc and 6vdc, but may adapt electrode spacing or electrolyte mixture to operate at 12vdc for vehicles.

Note: We increased the voltage to 5vdc @ 120 amps (600 watts), added a sonic control, changed our plate distance to run at the required current and produced almost 12 litres per minute or 197cc’s per second (calibrated Brooks Flow meter).

Note: As of later this evening, we had our first successful test using a 2.5kw electrical generator. Tomorrow I am going to run a full stand-alone test using the hydrogen generator to fuel the electrical generator and the power from the electrical generator to run the hydrogen generator. I may also hook up 1000 to 1500 watts of lights to show the excess current being generated.

 

 
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