Hydrofuel Gets Hydrogen Ammonia Fuel And Energy Station Tech With Kontak Acquisition

Hydrofuel Gets Hydrogen Ammonia Fuel And Energy Station Tech With Kontak Acquisition

Hydrofuel Canada Inc. (Hydrofuel) has announced an agreement to acquire one hundred percent of Issaquah, WA, USA based Kontak Hydrogen Storage, LLC (Kontak) in an all stock transaction.

Kontak’s technology can efficiently release hydrogen from a dozen potential carrier molecules identified so far. Of the carriers, the highest storage capacity is anhydrous ammonia, with (17.3% hydrogen by weight) stored in liquid form like propane.

Ammonia (NH3) molecules contain one part nitrogen, and three parts hydrogen. NH3 is an extremely promising, environmentally friendly fuel source because it contains absolutely no carbon, contains 1.5 times more hydrogen than liquid hydrogen (H2), and can substantially reduce global GHG emissions.

By storing hydrogen in ammonia, the weight of the fuel is reduced as hydrogen is consumed, making it perfect for commuter, eVTOL, drone, and regular aircraft travel of up to 5,000 km, as well as for marine, transport truck, agricultural and industrial engine, and power generation uses.

Kontak’s patented reactor is claimed to be the most effective method to date for releasing hydrogen. The hydrogen is filtered and sent directly to a fuel cell or internal combustion engine. The technology was developed under a National Science Foundation Grant. The Hydrogen Release Module is USPTO #10,207,241B2 with patents pending in multiple countries.

Kontak also has patents pending on a low-cost combined hydrogen, ammonia, and battery energy station technology that can store as much as three times the energy of conventional systems.

In late 1981, Hydrofuel’s CEO, Greg Vezina, drove an ammonia-fueled Chevrolet Impala across Canada, arriving on Parliament Hill on November 5 for a press conference with then Governor General Ed Schreyer and Energy Minister Marc Lalonde.

Simultaneously, Hydrofuel also announced that it will be launching a Private Placement Offering of $5 million US.

Hydrofuel CEO Greg Vezina commented, “$3 Million of the proceeds of the Offering will be dedicated for developing, commercialization and licencing of the Kontak technologies. The remaining $2 million balance will be used for the commercialization Hydrofuel’s proprietary ammonia (NH3) energy and fuel production, storage and utilization technologies, including for converting diesel and gasoline engines, generators and combined cooling, heating and power (CCHP) units to use multi-fuels including ammonia and hydrogen, for the acquisition of other licenced technologies, and for general working capital and corporate purposes”

Ontario Tech Professor Ibrahim Dincer and Hydrofuel have collaborated since 2014. Their previous NH3 energy research findings “New evidence on greener energy solutions” indicate green ammonia is the best alternative to fossil fuels in an extensive range of applications, and even better than most other renewables on several parameters.

Earlier in 2021 Hydrofuel and Ontario Tech signed an agreement with an exclusive option to sponsor research projects and negotiate commercial rights to a specialized portfolio of ammonia-related technologies at Ontario Tech which include and are not limited to the following:

  • Ammonia Power and Heat Engine
  • Ammonia as Sustainable Fuel and Hydrogen production
  • Ammonia Fuel Cells
  • Diesel and gasoline engine conversion systems Solar Ammonia Synthesis
  • Electrochemical ammonia synthesis
  • Hydrocarbon ammonia synthesis without emitting the carbon or CO2
  • Waste Heat Engine and Waste Waters to Ammonia
  • Plastics to ammonia
  • Direct sequester of CO2 into elemental carbon

Currently, they have a three-part “Sectoral use of ammonia as a clean solution” project well underway, including the development and experimental testing of an ammonia-fueled power generator, the investigation of the ammonia economy starting from production to last-use in various sectors, and finally, a review of the ammonia economy with a cradle-to-grave pollution and emissions approach.

Hydrofuel previously announced a three year commercial demonstration project with Toronto based TFX International Auto Transport to convert diesel generators and transport trucks to run on multi-fuels including ammonia using Hydrofuel’s aftermarket technology.

Hydrofuel will be announcing several more ammonia energy technology acquisition, option, licence and collaboration agreements in Canada, the USA and overseas in the upcoming weeks and months, with commercial sales expected to commence as soon as in 24 months.

Kontak Hydrogen Release Module

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