Thanks to Sanjeev for providing a link to a story by Sterling Allan at PESN who reports about Solar Hydrogen Trends, a company whose claims of high levels of overunity in its hydrogen production system we have covered here before. The main PESN article is here: http://pesn.com/2015/07/26/9602642_Constantine-no-longer-with-SHT__reaction-primarily-chemical/
Sterling Allan reports that one of the original team members at Solar Hydrogen Trends, Constantine Balakirian, has been dismissed from the company and has started a new company called KB Consulting. In a press release, Balakirian describes a process in which aluminum is oxidized in a specially prepared solution to produce hydrogen without the creation of an oxide film on the surface of the metal that stops the oxidization process.
Allan states that what he has found alarming is that the Solar Hydrogen Trends method of producing hydrogen is primarily based on a chemical reaction, rather than some unknown method of producing hydrogen via a type of transmutation.
I had (wrongfully) imagined their process to be primarily turning water (H2O) into hydrogen via electrical input, in which the oxygen was transmutating into hydrogen; and that the process was probably a variation of nuclear, hence the huge “overunity” of 1300+x more energy out than the electricity put into the system.
Now, I realize that the primary input isn’t electricity, but chemical: aluminum and water, which are the two consumables in the reaction, and that the oxygen is going primarily to aluminum oxide, not being transmutated to hydrogen.
Solar Hydrogen Trends had stated that their reaction can last for hours at a time, before it stops — and it seems now that the limitation of the reaction is because of the consumption of the catalyst during the reaction. In a patent application, SHT claims that 16 “physical and chemical” processes act on the hydrogen bonds in the electrolyte solution.
I’ve never really considered Solar Hydrogen Trends to be working in the LENR field, since their process seems very different from many other LENR claims. In the patent application mentioned above, they do say that a cavitation process which has been considered by many as an LENR process, but it does seem now that a chemical reaction is a central part of the SHT reaction, and I think it’s probably best to consider that the company is not really working in the main LENR field.