MagneGas Engineers a New and Disruptive Path in Alternative Energy

An illustration of typical MagneGas power plant. Courtesy of the company's website.

An illustration of typical MagneGas power plant. Courtesy of the company’s website.

Combining technology with energy to develop a highly disruptive technology in the alternative energy sector

One of the more obscure technology companies surged up the NASDAQ today on the announcement of a new energy patent. MagneGas (MNGE) announced today that it filed a new patent protecting new methods of applying MagneGas to existing hydrocarbons and other materials, according to this article on YahooFinance, and many others. 

The stock was up 4 cents to trade at $1.59, a gain of 2.58 percent, according to NASDAQ.com.

The patent describes new methods of binding MagneGas, or hydrogen extracted from MagneGas, to hydrocarbon fuels and other material through a proprietary process.
The new patent is based on a provisional patent filed in April 2013 titled “Method and Apparatus for the Industrial Production of New Hydrogen-Rich Fuels.”

The company believes that binding MagneGas to hydrocarbon fuels will improve fuel combustion efficiency resulting in reduced emissions.

The company is based in Tarpon Springs, Fla. near Tampa and may be on the cusp of revolutionizing an industry. It has already developed its trademarked MagneGas, a natural gas alternative and metal working fuel that can be made from certain industrial, municipal, agricultural and military liquid wastes. This, the company says has become a popular alternative to acetylene. It is unique because it uses recycles liquid waste through another patented process called Plasma Arc Flow to turn it into a natural gas alternative, which the company says has lower greenhouse gas emissions. 

This new announcement pushes the company forward in the waste-to-energy market which is a $20 billion sector, according to this Seeking Alpha article.

Its CEO Ermanno Santilli says the company’s three main components are:

  • Industrial production and commercialization of an industrial fuel called MagneGas; a cheaper, safer, and cleaner alternative to acetylene, which I believe is arguably the most dangerous industrial gas in the world.
  • Sterilization; a technology that targets liquid wastes such as sewage and agricultural wastes and converts those into sterilized fertilizer and irrigation waters. This results in the production of MagneGas and the same quantity of sterilized liquid. In this mode the liquid is retained but completely sterilized. 
  • Co-combustion: A revolutionary technology of adding MagneGas in the process of combusting traditional energy sources like coal. This so called ‘co-combustion’ produces more energy, lowers costs and reduces CO2 emissions as well.

 

On March 31, it signed an expanded joint venture agreement with technology partner Future Energy Pty Ltd of Australia, according to its website. It also has a partnership with Nuova MagneGas Italia in Europe.

While MagneGas has a long way to go it seems poised to make a good market run, and is an interesting alternative energy company, and one that could prove an ecological boon, particularly for recycling wastewater. It’s worth keeping an eye, though as an investment it can’t be seen as anything other than risky, but with the potential for very high reward.

 



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