September 13 , 2004
Nanonickel Production Breakthrough Announced
Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Sep. 13, 2004
QuantumSphere, Inc., of Costa Mesa, CA, announced September 13, 2004, that it has completed the buildout of a large-scale reactor for the production of nanonickel (n-Ni) that will be used to produce a renewable source of power to supply the world’s energy needs. Some of the markets QuantumSphere will enter include: power for automobiles; remote, portable, and distributed power generation; residential, industrial and commercial power systems; heavy equipment; consumer electronics; and other government and military applications.
The use of nanonickel to manufacture hydrogen fuel provides a source of renewable, pollution-free power that can be made from seawater and, after use, produces clean water as a byproduct. The news follows QuantumSphere’s previous announcement that it opened an expanded manufacturing facility in response to demand for the company’s nanoaluminum (n-Al) powder for breakthrough applications in the aerospace and defense markets.
“There is an inordinate amount of talk in the industry about the promise of using nanonickel to manufacture hydrogen fuel, but there is a gaping problem in the industry. Nobody can produce extremely high-quality nanonickel material for advanced applications,” said Kevin Maloney, CEO, QuantumSphere, Inc.
“The geopolitical ramifications regarding the production of nanonickel for a new source of power are immense. Overdependence on oil from the Middle East and other foreign sources places our national security at risk when the United States enters or quells conflicts in other lands to ensure America has ready access to supply our energy needs. According to the National Energy Foundation, U.S. trade balance sheets show that oil imports drain $1 billion from the U.S. economy every week. The use of new sources of power will go a long way to help alleviate some of these problems,” Maloney added.
“As the automotive and heavy equipment industries begin to adopt hydrogen fuel cells on a wider scale, companies will experience a dire need to dramatically reduce the cost of producing hydrogen fuel cells and increase their durability,” said Dr. Douglas Carpenter, Chief Scientific Officer and Director of Research and Development, QuantumSphere, Inc.
“As QuantumSphere begins to manufacture commercial quantities of nanonickel in the first quarter of next year, companies will use our nanonickel powder to reduce the cost of producing hydrogen PEM fuel cells by 75%, which are predominantly used to power cars and trucks. Nanonickel applications will also vastly improve the efficiencies of storing and generating new sources of power in a wide variety of other industries as well,” Dr. Carpenter added.
QuantumSphere manufactures leading metallic nanopowders for propellants, munitions and other energetic applications in the aerospace, defense, energy and other markets demanding advanced material applications. QuantumSphere’s exclusive manufacturing process is said to provide consistent, narrow particle size distribution; low level of agglomeration and impurities; custom-tailored oxide shell thickness; and high-purity metallic nanopowders that are easier to transport and handle.