Dr. Mills’ BlackLight Power hasn’t made much news for 2010.  That’s not to say they haven’t been busy there all year.  Without press releases and media notice not much attention is getting paid, so this writer is going to remedy that for the readers of this space.

BlackLight CIHT Power System For Vehicles. Click image for the largest view.

Most striking is the Company’s spring paper of a system for vehicle propulsion.  It looks quite interesting, lightweight and could be something used for several generations of chassis or bodies for a very long life span.  But first:

Spring also saw another deal made to produce electricity with GEOENERGIE SpA,, the Energy Subsidiary of Geogreen for a non-exclusive license to produce up to 750 MW of continuous power.  That’s not a full nuclear plant amount or even a large coal installation rating, but it does offer a few natural gas fired or a large number of smaller generation units.

Late last month saw BlackLight announce the Catalyst-Induced-Hydrino-Transition (CIHT) technology; essentially a new design that was confirmed by the company’s favorite third party verifier, Rowan University.

Dr. K.V. Ramanujachary, Meritorious Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Rowan said, “The chemicals used in CIHT technology are similar to those used in thermal and chemical cells that were separately, thoroughly and diligently validated over the past three years by a team at Rowan University that included myself.  Since the measurements on CIHT are electrical versus calorimetric, there can be no dispute over the power and the energy balance.  With further optimization, there is no doubt that this technology will present an economically viable and environmentally benign alternate to meet global energy needs.  If advanced to commercialization, it would be one of the most profound developments ever.”

Dr. Mills adds, “CIHT has a forecasted nominal cost per unit of power compared to that of thermal-based systems and produces electricity without requiring enormous thermally-driven mechanical generators.”  Which would downsize to vehicle size units.  We’ll look at that in a bit, but lets look at the vehicle idea.

In the BlackLight Motive Power paper its said, “The projected cost of the CIHT stack is a very competitive $4,600. Considering the cost of the control electronics, $1,800, electric motors, $1,400, and transmission, $2,000, the total cost of $9,800 is comparable to the cost of an internal combustion engine and its drive train without any fuel costs or pollution.”  Dr. Mills may be pretty close, as the numbers used come from a source noted in the paper’s footnotes that were part of a conference in 2009. (See page three of the paper.)

In the Business Presentation paper the calculation for the hydrogen converted to hydrinos and then used for electrical generation sourced from a liter (a bit more than a quart) of water comes to 1500 miles or nearly 6,000 miles for a gallon.  Distilled water on sale is under a dollar per gallon.

The Business Presentation also mentions that the size of a BlackLight power unit at a 200-liter dimension (100 two liter soda beverage containers) would output 200KW or 276 horsepower at half the weight of an internal combustion engine.  This writer finds the weight matter comprehensible but stuffing 200 liters in a vehicle chassis requires more imagination.

However the dimensions work out, BlackLight has thought through the electrical generation matter.  As well as directly powering the vehicle, charging batteries or capacitors, the unit can as well produce hydrogen and likely most interesting, hook on the grid and power the house when home, with the over production earning an income.

That’s a lot of promise.  And it all remains vapor, so far.  The grave disappointment is the Business Presentation that lacks indications of how the ideas will get to the billions of people who need the technology.  There are thoughts on what to try to sell and software types of license ideas with ‘lots a money’ potential. But no ‘what will the world see’.

This writer will indulge himself with a suggestion.  Run fast with the motive concept; sign up a few NASCAR car builders.  They already build one off vehicles and have the venue for millions to see the product in action in a safe and controlled presentation.  Once under way and de bugged, start offering the specialty car remanufactures who take factory new streetcars and modify them.  Build a few hundred Lincolns and Cadillacs. That’s when somebody Call Me!

This same specialty car companies can also build thousands of Mustang and Camaro road cars.  The base is then built with existing relationships in place for the major manufacturers to build hundreds of thousands of CIHT powered vehicles that should get to millions very quickly.

It about the only path that builds credibility as well as demonstration with exposure – and the whole crowd expects a period of debugging and re engineering to get it right.  Go with what works and works itself out.  A demonstration race series of a few car builders might even turn a profit from the advertising.  The lessons learned will trickle down into production volume.

One other thought – since this writer is indulging himself – lose the sales-based royalty idea.  All the industries that can use the technology are mature, they’re not at all positioned like the development of the computer industry, and a sales-based royalty on power generated devalues the company at step one.  So far no one has to have the technology and motivating alternatives from before the beginning works against adoption in a strong way.

Happy Holidays to Dr. Mills and his associates!  Lets see some beef next year!


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  2. Pete on December 20, 2010 1:40 PM

    Now I’m missing an article on EEStor, just to round up the companies with dubious claims for the year.

  3. Matt Musson on December 21, 2010 10:25 AM

    Pete is right. And, so is Brian.

    The Blacklight claims are dubious until we see some tangible results. Show me a car driving down the street and you will suddenly make huge leaps in credibility.

    Merry Christmas everyone.


  4. Mark Goldes on December 22, 2010 10:54 AM

    See Green Light on the Aesop Institute website for a bit about BlackLight as well as other out-of-the-box work that may prove practical and cost-competitive for providing electric power.

    All need truly independent replication and validation, but that may prove possible in 2011.

    Happy New Year!

  5. willG on December 25, 2010 12:20 PM

    after 30 years and billions spent hydrogen is still ultra dangerous, no one will even think of insuring it. Flame speed 3K per second. GreenNH3 is similar but safe, yet they keep mentioning hydrogen ??

  6. Mark Goldes on December 25, 2010 5:44 PM

    Hydrogen in the way it is used in fractional Hydrogen systems is much less dangerous than gasoline or natural gas.

    Since fractional Hydrogen systems are fueled by ordinary water, and a barrel of water used on this way is the energy equivalent of 200 barrels of oil, it opens a new era of cost-competitive energy.

    And in this case, safety is an erroneous concern.

    The real issue is the need to demonstrate practical systems that can be reproduced in independent laboratories.

  7. Penny Gruber on December 29, 2010 4:40 AM

    Hydrinos/fractional hydrogen remain fantasies promoted by snake-oil pitchmen Goldes and Mills. Neither has ever produced so much as a milligram. Neither can.

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