ARKANSAS, Nov 08 (Future Headlines)- Star Scientific, an Australian hydrogen company, is set to make its mark on the North American market with its groundbreaking Hydrogen Energy Release Optimiser (HERO) technology. This innovative tech enables the rapid production of industrial-scale heat by catalyzing hydrogen and oxygen without the need for combustion, resulting in a cleaner and more efficient heat generation process.
Headquartered in New South Wales, Star Scientific has its sights firmly set on the North American market, seeking to introduce its HERO technology to industries across the continent. To achieve this, the company has pledged an investment of AUD$100 million ($63.45 million) to establish a new clean hydrogen research and manufacturing facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This commitment was formalized through a letter of agreement with the New Mexico state government, underscoring the company’s determination to create a comprehensive hydrogen research and manufacturing complex in the region.
The facility in New Mexico is set to replicate the technology and capabilities of a similar facility to be constructed in Australia. This parallel development will enable the company to serve customers in the United States, Canada, and South America, in addition to supporting its ongoing research efforts. At the heart of its mission is the development of greenhouse gas-free process-heat systems for various industries, as well as standalone power systems that harness the capabilities of the HERO technology.
The HERO technology, developed by Star Scientific, is centered around a unique coating substance that can be applied to ceramics or specific metals. When hydrogen and oxygen come into contact with this coating, it rapidly elevates the temperature from 0 degrees Celsius to over 700 degrees Celsius in just three minutes. Star Scientific Chairman Andrew Horvath highlighted the versatility of this groundbreaking technology, emphasizing its applicability in scenarios requiring high temperatures. These applications encompass off-grid power generation, heavy industrial production, and desalination processes.
Horvath explained, “Because it’s not burning, it’s a reaction, all that energy is excitement energy and it goes straight through the substrate. Our energy transfer is above 90% into whatever you’re transferring it to, whether it’s water, CO2, whatever medium.” This unique feature of HERO allows the production of saturated steam for energy generation, opening doors to a wide range of heat-driven energy production applications across industries, including food and mass energy production.
Star Scientific’s expansion into Albuquerque, New Mexico, is projected to encompass an area of approximately 20 hectares. The company plans to construct up to ten buildings to accommodate administration, design, testing, manufacturing, and lab research. This significant expansion is anticipated to create numerous employment opportunities, with expectations of around 200 individuals being employed at the Albuquerque facility.
The groundbreaking HERO technology and its expansion to the North American market underscore the growing importance of clean and efficient energy solutions in the modern industrial landscape. As industries seek to reduce their environmental footprint and adopt more sustainable practices, innovative technologies like HERO hold the promise of transforming how heat and energy are generated in various applications, contributing to a cleaner and more sustainable future.
Star Scientific’s journey from Australia to North America represents a significant step toward making this revolutionary technology widely available to industries seeking cleaner, more efficient, and sustainable energy solutions. With the planned research and manufacturing complex in Albuquerque, the company is poised to play a pivotal role in advancing the use of hydrogen-based energy technology in North America and beyond.
Reporting by Kevin Wood; Editing by Sarah White