Mike in Manila - Technology Notes

Sunday, April 23, 2006

It being Earth Day and all I decided to drift through and find alternative energy ideas for Philippine life.
Hydrogen is probably the easiest thing to produce in a Archepeligo surrounded by water.
And to get around on water most os know who have ventured outside the Capital that the ever reliable "Pump Boat" so called for the gasoline or diesel small engines designed for irigation pumps on farms have been in use for decades.
Now - whats the connection you say?
How about a small engine that could be used for fishermen and farmers and the ever relaible Put-put's that work and toil the fields? No- way you counter? Well I hope Kobota or DA or DTI people read this post.

There is such a engine -

Hydrogen Engine Center Unveils 3-Cylinder, 2.4L Mini Oxx

April 01, 2006

Hydrogen Engine Center (HEC) unveiled its new Mini Oxx three-cylinder 2.4L engine at the Aviation Industry Expo in Las Vegas, Nev. The Mini Oxx is a compact version of HEC’s Oxx Power six-cylinder 4.9L engine—the company’s basic product. (Earlier post.)

HEC is targeting the 65hp (48.5kW) Mini Oxx for applications such as luggage tractors and other airport ground support equipment.

The new three-cylinder engine features interchangeable parts with its six cylinder counterpart.

We wanted the engines to share some of the same components to increase efficiency in production and maintenance. Seventy-two of the 81 parts used in the six cylinder, 4.9L engine are the same for the new three cylinder Mini Oxx and are interchangeable.

—Ted Hollinger, president of HEC

HEC Engines produced at HEC are sold under the Oxx Power brand. In addition to their gasoline engines, HEC developed a family of engines that use fuels such as hydrogen, natural gas, propane, and methane. The engines include the same essential technologies and can be converted to use hydrogen when it is available.

HEC has targeted production of the Mini Oxx to begin in the first quarter of 2007.

So perhaps someone ought to contact these people... hmmm.... a dual use Put-put, farm craft or other thing... the best people who have the imagination for this are in Cebu - the Norkis company and the little mini-cars and mini-jeepneys they have could all be ready to run on hydrogen.

Anyone.... i'm already on the Phone to buy stock!


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