How real is Hydratus™?
Posted by evolvingwheel on February 2, 2007
Well, Jet Propulsion Lab and Caltech are behind the project! Hydratus is an eco-friendly apparatus, which generates hydrogen on demand. Now, that is for real as claimed by the webpage. The device creates hydrogen from water and magnesium while generating totally recyclable, non-toxic waste. Magnesium is in abundance across different geographic regions.
Next, I was looking at the management team. The CEO is a well known international licensor who has got significant experience in international business collaboration. This probably shows the prospect of a major venture down the road, where there will be a huge collaboration and licenses out of a real international commercial realization. The project is supposed to deliver by end of 2007. JPL has partnered with a major bus manufacturer to test the the first prototype in commercial scale. Prof. Jerry Lin, Director & Chairman of Technology Committee has a good relationship with the Petroleum Research Board 😉
The technology claims to be pathbreaking. But, I will keep my hopes low. The oil industry lobby is too strong to let the entry of a non-conventional source of energy into the market that easily!! Furthermore, the efficiency of the device should be factored in.. and the other question is about the Magnesium regeneration process. (will keep my eyes open)