Excitement was evident this week at HEC-TINA as the company reached a milestone in running the industry’s first plate engine on hydrogen. After many years, HEC-TINA President Ted Hollinger’s long-time dream for this engine design has become a reality.
The Oxx Power 1.7L two-cylinder dry fuel engine has been Hollinger’s vision, and now the years of research and development have become a reality. The specially modified engine, made from plates of steel and Lexan (a bullet proof type plastic), incorporates a number of the company’s important patents and pending patents.
HEC-TINA’s objective is to provide the means to locally convert electrical energy to hydrogen and store it for “Time of Use” to power homes and villages with access to lights, refrigeration and communications, as over 1 billion people around the world have a need for a primary source of electric power from a clean, reliable source.
This engine provides the answer. It is designed to run four million miles before a major tear down, requires less maintenance than any competing engine. When combined with Pedro Blach’s Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolyzer to produce both hydrogen and oxygen under high pressure without a compressor while emitting no exhaust, it provides the necessary power and efficiency to sustain the system’s production of electricity.
As the engines will be set up in locations of the world where access is limited, it is important that they are built to be extremely durable. The Lexan sides on the engine allow for examining the inner workings of the engine and allow for the monitoring of the oil level in the engine. When operating out in the field in places like Southeast Asia, the clear sides allow for video monitoring of the system from the home office in the U.S. to check the oil level and detect any situation that can be addressed.
Given that the targeted customers for this product are in parts of the world where there is no electrical access, this engine is designed to run on hydrogen and is expected to run between the equivalent of 200k to 400k miles before needing an oil change. This could mean annual oil changes for continuous duty engines.
HEC-TINA is excited about the advancements it has made with the technology it has developed on the plate engine, and is looking forward to deployment of the system in the near future.