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Electricity Without Pollution
January 31, 2013   
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Bio-Hydrogen, a Polish-designed device for the production of pollution-free electricity from fossil fuel and biofuel, won a gold medal at the Brussels Innova international exhibition for innovations, research and new technology last year.

The device, which is based on zero-emission technology, was also named the best invention and won the Grand Prix award from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The invention is the work of Grzegorz Wcis這 from the BioEnergia Center for Renewable Energy Sources in Cracow.

The device makes it possible to produce electricity without carbon dioxide emissions. Instead of exhaust fumes, water is the byproduct.

“In a few years, such refrigerator-size devices will be available to anyone who wants to become independent of the power network,” says Wcis這.

Estimates show that electricity generated in this way will cost no more than 30 percent of its current price, because there will be no transmission fees. Additionally, green energy will be subsidized by the European Union, and users will receive subsidies for every kilowatt-hour of electricity generated in this way.

“Anyone who has a gas installation in their home will be able to produce electricity on their own from fossil fuel, biofuel, or natural gas,” says Wcis這. “The device is quiet; it can be placed anywhere: near the refrigerator, in the basement or in the hallway. In addition, it increases the security of power supply regardless of strong winds, storms or power system failures. Users will become self-sufficient.”

The device has no competition on the market, according to Wcis這. At the moment, electricity can only be produced with diesel-powered generators, and these are expensive. Wcis這 puts the price of his invention at around zl.20,000 “at the pre-commercial stage.” The final price will depend on the capacity of the unit, the inventor says. The patent procedure is in progress.

The BioEnergia center in Cracow focuses on biofuel technology, with a particular emphasis on the design and production of devices that have no equivalents internationally. “Our reactors are capable of producing biodiesel fuel that is a substitute of regular diesel fuel and can be used in diesel engines. The cost of producing one liter of such fuel is about zl.3,” says Wcis這.

Under regulations on biofuels and liquid bio-components, anyone can legally produce fuel for their own needs in Poland. This includes farmers and owners of vehicle fleets, provided they are entered on the official list of fuel producers and meet certain technological and tax requirements. This fuel can power diesel engines, but it can also be used for heating homes and greenhouses, for example.
Karolina Olszewska
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