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You are here: > News > March 21, 2014; ~2 am GMT

H-Cat heater project nearing prototype

We're getting closer to having the first consumer prototype for the H-Cat effect. In this open source project, we're focusing on identifying components that are widely available. Update on IP status, source for catalytic converter nano-metal and configuration customization, testing set-up. Donations appreciated.

This is not properly to scale. The items in the bottom are drawn about 2x smaller than the items in the top, and will need to be arranged more efficiently. (The hole in the insulation between the cabinets is for illustration purposes only, as a cut-away, so you can see the flashback arrestor.)

Above, are some of the images of the components we've sourced:

By Sterling D. Allan  
Pure Energy Systems News

For a couple of weeks now, we've been giving a lot of attention to the concept presented by Justin Church of what he calls the H-Cat, which takes HHO gas (highly energized H) and runs it across the nano-platinum and nano-palladium contained in off-the-shelf catalytic converters (yes, the same found in most automobiles for the last decade or so), resulting in copious amounts of heat -- likely because of an LENR (aka cold fusion) process.

Some of the people who are experimenting with this estimate that there is as much as 10 times more heat output than the electrical input required to make the HHO gas.

What's awesome about this is that it is open source. And I think we have enough information to begin implementing product -- even before we know all the exact data about how much overunity it produces, which nano-metals work best, and what combinations and configurations are optimal. All of that can come in due time.

Project Page

As announced last week, I've been heavily involved in a project to actually build a prototype heater implementing this concept.

I've been spending a lot of time sourcing the components, finding people to help build it, ordering the parts, and designing the layout.

Frank Crowther, who lives in a dome home of his own design about 5 minutes down the road from me, where I saw my first Brown's gas demonstration nearly a decade ago, has agreed to build my first prototype.

In sourcing the components, a key consideration has been to make this something that many people could begin building and selling locally -- creating jobs and clean, affordable energy solutions.

We do ask that anyone who does start selling things remit a 5% royalty, but we're not going to be trying to enforce that. It's an honor thing. We help you, you help us. This holds true for any commercial endeavor, whether selling plans, translations, kits, components, finished units, installation, maintenance, franchises, etc.

The basic concept is to use a catalytic converter that doesn't have the insulation around it, and put aluminum heat sinks around it, then blow air across it to convey the heat into the surroundings.

While that sounds very simple, I'm finding that implementing it by actually rounding up the parts and putting them together properly is not all that easy -- especially on a limited budget.

Each time I find more information, I update my open source H-Cat heater plans page so that it contains the latest, best information.

Catalytic Converter Manufacturer

One of the best developments has been finding the guys at, which is a manufacturer of catalytic converters. They are extremely friendly to this idea, and have a lot of options they can offer us, including integrating different nano-metals in various combinations (e.g. Palladium, Platinum, Nickel), leaving off the insulation around the catalytic converter, embedding heat exchangers in the matrix. It's pretty much just a matter of pressing some buttons, and out comes the product type you want.

To get ours going, we just went with an off-the-shelf matrix combination of palladium and rhodium on a metal substrate (300 cells/inch) in a 4" (outer diameter) stainless steel pipe, with an extra 2.75 inches on the incoming side to place some ceramic insulation to prevent back-flash, and with no insulation around the catalytic converter. That was easy for them to make. He'll make those available for $100, and shipping was only around $14 from Florida. It would be easy for him to make this just Nickel, or Nickel and Palladium, or just Palladium; but would require a lead time of about a week or two; and he wasn't sure what the price would be for that kind of custom order.

At Least Two Types of Reactions

One thing to bear in mind in doing these experiments is that there are most likely at least two types of reactions taking place.

One is just classical catalysis of HHO gas to H2O, liberating heat, in typical chemical manner.

Another is LENR. And there may be various varieties of cold fusion. H + H --> He; O + O --> S, etc.

It could be that tritium is at play as well, as HHO sometimes contains tritium. Ditto for deuterium.

Because nuclear is one possible option, all set-ups should be checked with radiation detectors to make sure they are not emitting dangerous radiation.

No Radiation Detected Thus Far

Neal Ward has been checking his set up for alpha, beta, and gamma rays. So far, he hasn't detected anything. Neither has anyone who has been experimenting with this reported having any negative health effects. So thus far, it looks like we are dealing with a safe process.

Hunt for HHO Generator

There are a lot of highly qualified HHO generator systems out there. After putting out a request for recommendations, I ended up selecting . The owner lives just a little more than an hour north of here. He's been experimenting with the H-Cat arrangement, and his systems are available now.

Here's a video he posted on March 20th of his HHO Cat Heater:

When we start optimizing, then we'll compare the output/productivity of various types of the advanced designs, including George Wiseman's, Brother Andrew's, H2Hypod, and Justin Church's.

All Clear on Intellectual Property

One of the things we discovered this past week is that all aspects of this H-Cat concept are wide open to the public. There are no intellectual property claims standing in the way.

The concept of the catalytic converter serving as a LENR host site, was broached publicly in 2010 by Lattice Energy LLC. (Link)

The concept of using HHO in the catalytic converter was actually published by "airbilder" on YouTube exactly a year ago, March 21, 2013.

Testing Set-up

Before we assemble the components in the cabinet, I would like to run a test to see what level of energy efficiency we are achieving with this combination of items.

We have a 13.75 gallon tub that we can use to submerge the catalytic converter in to take some rough calorimetric measurements of the heat gain versus watt input to make the HHO gas. I'm guessing we can get an accuracy with a margin of error of less than 10%. I've been told that running it long enough to get about a 20 ΊC change in temperature of the water -- staying away from the boiling point (phase change...) would be the best way to do this. We'll probably also wrap insulation around the metal tub to reduce heat loss.

Bear in mind that the conveyance of heat from the catalytic unit to the water is going to have substantial losses as well. But if the gain from LENR or other factors isn't enough to push the math well in excess of 100% efficiency over the watt input to the HHO generator, then I think my level of enthusiasm is going to subside substantially. In fact, I would say that if the math doesn't show at least a 200% gain in this set-up, then I'll probably be backing down in my direct involvement in this particular technology.


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We appreciate those of you who have been sending us donations. While we do have a couple of major finance deals percolating, those take time, and meanwhile we need to stay afloat. Some day soon, a lot of us (including most of you reading this) are going to be growing very wealthy as we help the planet be a better place by providing products and services they need to implement exotic free energy solutions. Until then, thanks for chipping in, to help us bridge the gap prior to arriving at that point. Justin Church likewise needs support.

Donations to PES will be used both for this project as well as for maintenance of survival. We've got some heavy expenses we're under right now, so we appreciate those of you who are chipping in.

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Mar 21; Bastien G; France; $10
Mar 21; Kenneth D; US; $90
Mar 21; Alan S; US; $10
Mar 21: Charles A; US; $1 (monthly)
Mar 21; Steve J; US; $22
Mar 22; Jean-Pierre E; $10 (monthly)
Mar 22; Thierry D; France; $40
Mar 22; RDF; UK; $10
Mar 22; Kopacek I; Czeck; $5 (monthly)
Mar 22; Gabriel B; Australia; $20
Mar 23; Zarwell EC; $5 (monthly)
Mar 23; Harold A; Canada; $1 (monthly)
Mar 23; Kenneth G; US; $55
Mar 23; Bradley T; US; $50
Mar 23; John B; US; $30
Mar 27; Ronny K; Norway; $100
Mar 29; Kent-Inge B; Norway; $100

Subtotal: $563
(This subtotal commenced March 20, 2013; 8 pm) Dates are per Mountain time [GMT-6].

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Page posted by Sterling D. Allan Jan. 29, 2011
Last updated April 13, 2014




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