May 17, 2020

Mini Hydrogen Power System Fuels Toy Car

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2 min
i-H2GO toy car
Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies announces the launch of i-H2GO, an RC toy car that is powered by fuel cells and controlled by smartphones and tablets. T...

Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies announces the launch of i-H2GO, an RC toy car that is powered by fuel cells and controlled by smartphones and tablets. The new product features a miniaturized hydrogen power system, a hydrogen refueling station with the option to use Solar or USB, and is enabled by a specially developed iOS app that eliminates the need for conventional RC car control units.

The i-H2GO's hydrogen fuel cell converts hydrogen and oxygen into electrical power, and is hybridized with a super capacitor for acceleration power. The refueling station extracts hydrogen from water using a PEM electrolyzer supported by a small solar panel or a USB port that can simply plug into a laptop computer.

The iOS app now available on iTunes provides two choices for touchscreen interactive steering and throttle controls. One of these control modes includes a ‘gyro’ feature, enabling users to steer by tilting their phone or tablet like a steering wheel. The i-H2GO ships today from the Horizon online store, and is now available for resale for specialist distributors and retailers from around the world.

Building on the success of Horizon's award winning H-Racer series (named in 2006 Time Magazine's “Best Invention”and garnering in 2007 the BusinessWeek IDEA award), the i-H2GO is positioned between a high-tech toy and a science education kit. Transparent casing and LED lighting reveal the inner workings and electro-chemical processes as they happen.

“We're very excited about the launch of i-H2GO, which coincides with Horizon's 10 year anniversary,” stated Horizon founder and chief marketing officer, Taras Wankewycz. “This product not only illustrates some of the principles behind real-scale hydrogen vehicle systems nearing commercial launch, but is also great fun to play with. The use of new smartphone and tablet controls is an exciting departure from the standard RC control unit and, best of all, users no longer have to worry about having to buy extra batteries.”

Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies Pte Ltd. was founded in Singapore in 2003 and currently operates five international subsidiaries, enabling several markets with fuel cell products and on-demand hydrogen solutions. 

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Oct 19, 2020

Itronics successfully tests manganese recovery process

cleantech
manganese
USA
Scott Birch
3 min
Nevada firm aims to become the primary manganese producer in the United States
Nevada firm aims to become the primary manganese producer in the United States...

Itronics - a Nevada-based emerging cleantech materials growth company that manufacturers fertilisers and produces silver - has successfully tested two proprietary processes that recover manganese, with one process recovering manganese, potassium and zinc from paste produced by processing non-rechargeable alkaline batteries. The second recovers manganese via the company’s Rock Kleen Technology.

Manganese, one of the four most important industrial metals and widely used by the steel industry, has been designated by the US Federal Government as a "critical mineral." It is a major component of non-rechargeable alkaline batteries, one of the largest battery categories sold globally.

The use of manganese in EV batteries is increasing as EV battery technology is shifting to use of more nickel and manganese in battery formulations. But according to the US Department of Interior, there is no mine production of manganese in the United States. As such, Itronics is using its Rock Kleen Technology to test metal recoverability from mine tailings obtained from a former silver mine in western Nevada that has a high manganese content. 

In a statement, Itronics says that its Rock Kleen process recovers silver, manganese, zinc, copper, lead and nickel. The company says that it has calculated – based on laboratory test results – that if a Rock Kleen tailings process is put into commercial production, the former mine site would become the only primary manganese producer in the United States.

Itronics adds that it has also tested non-rechargeable alkaline battery paste recovered by a large domestic battery recycling company to determine if it could use one of its hydrometallurgical processes to solubilize the manganese, potassium, and zinc contained in the paste. This testing was successful, and Itronics was able to produce material useable in two of its fertilisers, it says.

"We believe that the chemistry of the two recovery processes would lend itself to electrochemical recovery of the manganese, zinc, and other metals. At this time electrochemical recovery has been tested for zinc and copper,” says Dr John Whitney, Itronics president. 

“Itronics has been reviewing procedures for electrochemical recovery of manganese and plans to move this technology forward when it is appropriate to do so and has acquired electro-winning equipment needed to do that.

"Because of the two described proprietary technologies, Itronics is positioned to become a domestic manganese producer on a large scale to satisfy domestic demand. The actual manganese products have not yet been defined, except for use in the Company's GOLD'n GRO Multi-Nutrient Fertilisers. However, the Company believes that it will be able to produce chemical manganese products as well as electrochemical products," he adds.

Itronics’ research and development plant is located in Reno, about 40 miles west of the Tesla giga-factory. Its planned cleantech materials campus, which will be located approximately 40 miles south of the Tesla factory, would be the location where the manganese products would be produced.

Panasonic is operating one of the world's largest EV battery factories at the Tesla location. However, Tesla and other companies have announced that EV battery technology is shifting to use of nickel-manganese batteries. Itronics is positioned and located to become a Nevada-0based supplier of manganese products for battery manufacturing as its manganese recovery technologies are advanced, the company states.

A long-term objective for Itronics is to become a leading producer of high purity metals, including the U.S. critical metals manganese and tin, using the Company's breakthrough hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, and electrochemical technologies. ‘Additionally, Itronics is strategically positioned with its portfolio of "Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies" to help solve the recently declared emergency need for domestic production of Critical Minerals from materials located at mine sites,’ the statement continues.

The Company's growth forecast centers upon its 10-year business plan designed to integrate its Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies and to grow annual sales from $2 million in 2019, to $113 million in 2025.

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