In December of 2007, Company Founder and CEO Jeff Wilhite formed Hydrogen Energy Systems, LLC, (HES), to advance hydrogen technology and the benefits of this clean technology to improve air and water quality concerns with our environment.
The initial focus was on hydrogen storage and addressing potential market applications wherein hydrogen would integrate into the mainstream and allow new economies to develop.
At the close of 2010, HES re-directed the corporate focus from advancing metal hydride hydrogen storage to developing an internal combustion engine able to run on 100% hydrogen.
Given the long-term development of metal hydride storage with issues of weight, consumption of fuel and range coupled with the lack of the hydrogen infrastructure to support mass automotive applications, HES turned its focus to the small engine industry. Small engines are the worst polluting engines today. One small engine emits as much carbon dioxide (CO) as 100 idling automobiles.
Based on the current state of the small internal combustion engine (ICE) industry and the lack of affordable and efficient solutions for pollution control, HES determined that this market, given the significance of the problem and potential size of the market, presents the most immediate opportunity for this new technology.
HES Partner, Inventor and Automotive Designer Rick Saccone developed the Hydrogen Mixing Block™, (U.S. and International Patent Pending), which is a device that replaces the carburetor or electronic fuel injector, delivering the exact mix of hydrogen and air to successfully and efficiently run small ICE engines. The Mixing Block™ maximizes the overall energy efficiency, thereby avoiding any unnecessary energy-intensive stages and matches the delivery technology with the on-board vehicle storage technology.
This successful technology is transferable from small horsepower ICEs to larger horsepower. They are inter-changeable. To date, HES has successfully transferred from 6 horsepower to 13 horsepower engines. The technology is transferable to larger engines spanning the small to large ICE field.
Over the course of 2011, HES testing and analysis has proven the Mixing Block™ delivers hydrogen to the ICE without robbing the engine of horsepower or torque. Unlike pollution control devices used today by small engine manufacturers that reduce performance, the HES Mixing Block™ allows the engine and its applied application, (lawn-mowers, portable generators, etc.), to perform to manufacturers specifications.
Once our testing was completed, HES proved the positive environmental impact of zero-emissions. This was conducted by air analysis showing zero parts-per-million of harmful climate changing, carbon based gases.
As we move forward, HES will continue testing and developing prototypes for manufacturing with all applications requiring small and large ICEs.