Synergy Technologies Corp. (Canada) announced that it plans to enter the fuel-cell market by aggressively pursuing joint ventures and strategic partnerships with major fuel cell and transportation companies that could potentially benefit from a number of applications of the company's patented SynGen technology.
The SynGen reactor, or reformer, converts natural gas and other fossil fuels into a synthetic gas composed of hydrogen and carbon monoxide via the use of a cold plasma electrical discharge. This synthetic gas is the feedstock used to produce clean-burning liquid fuels. Based on internal testing, Synergy's management claims that its SynGen process can reduce the capital and operating costs of gas-to-liquids plants and also improve efficiencies in fuel-cell technology.
According to Thomas E. Cooley, CEO and CTO of Synergy, "We are pleased by early indications that our SynGen technology can produce hydrogen-rich streams for fuel cells from liquid gasoline and diesel without soot formation. Power consumption by SynGen to reform liquid gasoline is only five percent of the theoretical power from the fuel cell. We believe that improvements in efficiencies are possible and further testing and development, to include additional miniaturization studies, will be continuing in the company's Calgary laboratory."
Synergy has entered into discussions with certain fuel-cell and transportation companies to evaluate the potential use of the SynGen reformer in fuel-cell power generation.