HERO® takes a number of forms, the most common being a coating on a metallic substrate. In this configuration, the heat produced by the reaction is transferred to the working medium by conduction, which is far more efficient than transferring heat through radiation.
HERO® sits between levels five and six of the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) system used by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. Star Scientific Limited has produced high-quality steam within a laboratory and is currently upscaling to a demonstration unit. These efforts will ultimately result in a system capable of generating sufficient quantities of high-quality steam to operate a turbine producing electrical power. At the other end of the scale, it’s also suitable for powering Stirling engines.
The technology readily lends itself to producing higher energy, super-heated steam – and other high-temperature gases such as helium and carbon dioxide – for efficient power production. This has already been demonstrated using a small-scale closed circuit, conventionally cooled helium circuit.
HERO® will play a significant role in the supply of carbon-free electricity through stored hydrogen. This hydrogen will be produced by electrolysis or other means using renewable energy sources. The ultra-pure water produced during the HERO® reaction will be captured and reused in the electrolysis process.
Put simply, HERO® is suitable for almost any application that requires heat. These include power production, industrial drying processes, air-conditioning systems, water pumping and desalination. It could also be readily applied to district heating models favoured in Northern European countries and Northern China.
The compact nature of the technology lends itself to small, ‘off-grid’ systems in remote and rural locations. It’s equally suitable within population centres given that it generates zero emissions. The combination of these two factors makes HERO® an excellent option for decentralised power distribution.
¹ Assuming hydrogen is produced with ‘green’ electrolysis
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