Thanks to Fyodor for posting a link to this article from the New Energy Treasure website which discusses a new patent published by Solar Hydrogen Trends, who claim to have developed a technology that can produce huge amounts of hydrogen from a previously undisclosed process.
Here’s the abstract from the patent application:
“The present invention provides multifactorial hydrogen reactor with elevated hydrogen production due to complex set of sixteen (16) physical and chemical processes, acting simultaneously on the hydrogen bonds in aqueous solutions of electrolytes. This is achieved due to the process, which takes place in forty two (42) distributed volumes of hydrogen reactor under the effect of the electro-hydraulic shock, which forms local micro-cavities with pressures in the hundreds of thousands of atmospheres and a temperature of several thousand degrees (plasma). Frontline water wave pressure passing through electrolyzer’s electrodes creates in micro-environment infrasonic, sonic, and ultrasonic vibrations that, along with the heat, ultrasound and hydrodynamic cavitation, turbulence, high-pressure, chemical catalysts, light energy, electrostatic and electromagnetic fields, dramatically increases decomposition process of water molecules. Simultaneously, electro-hydraulic shock destroys the oxide film, allowing the oxidation reaction of reactive metals to continue continually; reactive metals, from which plates of electrolyzer are made, are part of the hydrogen reactor”.
It has always been difficult to classify SHT’s claims as LENR, but they do mention here cavitation, which has been seen as a way to produce a form of LENR technology (e.g. Mark LeClair’s Nanospire)
The New Energy Treasure article proposes that the SHT system is using a sonoluminescence process in which sound is turned into light:
“It can also be regarded as the supersonic implosion of sonoluminescing bubbles. Like its nephew, Sonofusion (deuterium based), it occurs when a sound wave of sufficient intensity induces a gaseous cavity within a liquid and causes it to collapse quickly. Early observations noted that bubbles in a fluid were emitting light when an ultrasound was turned on. The light flashes from the bubbles are extremely short; lasting between 35 and a few hundred picoseconds. When multiple bubbles are activated simultaneously, this is known as multi-bubble sonoluminescence (MBSL)”.
As we all know by now, there’s a lot of work to be done when one takes an idea that is set forth in a patent, and tries to create a commercial product with it. I am not sure where Solar Hydrogen Trends are in the commercialization process, and I think we will need to see more test results, and especially more third party testing, before we can start to make any firm evaluation of this technology.