ARTICLE XOGEN - TAP WATER AS FUEL? I first heard about Xogen (pronounced “ex-o-jen”) Power Inc. of Calgary from a co-worker to whom I had been bragging about my stock market profits from a hydrogen fuel cell company. He referred me to Xogen’s web site at “www.xogen.com”. It begins credibly enough with a greetings from premier Ralph Klein. But the claims following this seem fantastic. Xogen say they have invented a device for extracting hydrogen gas by passing a pulsed current through ordinary tap water. That in itself is nothing special - electrolysis (although Xogen avoids referring to their invention as such) has been around for centuries. But here’s the zinger: Only a small amount of electricity is required, much less than the energy that can be extracted by burning the hydrogen!
my thinking wouldn’t be constrained by the intellectual boxes by which so many engineers seem bound. Uh huh. He went on to confirm that Xogen had indeed developed a new device for extracting hydrogen gas from water, and that the burning of the hydrogen generated far more energy than the electricity used by the device. Isn’t this perpetual motion? Well no, for here’s a critical point: Ordinary water must be used. Distilled water, like that which might be condensed from the exhaust of burning hydrogen, won’t work. But what property does tap water possess that distilled water does not? Where, for heck sake, does the energy come from? This Mr. Clarke refused to say, although he hinted that it may be electrostatic. Despite the patent on their initial prototype, the secret remains with the company.
Now this is remarkable, and if true might provide the world with an endless supply of cheap energy while producing almost no greenhouse gases or other pollutants. It would certainly rate as one of the great inventions of all time. Xogen’s web site, however, seems oddly modest about its importance, referring mostly to powering cars and heating furnaces. They claim to have built prototypes for both applications, which also seems odd. Why not concentrate on perfecting the device itself? A convincing demonstration of its properties would have other companies fighting for the rights to develop applications.
So, is Xogen on to something? With little from Xogen to confirm their remarkable claims, common sense must rule. Odds are they aren’t. They may be outright frauds, they may be sincerely mistaken, or they may be trying to exploit some actual effect which is too minor to be of practical use. In fact it would be safe to dismiss Xogen completely if their people behaved like crackpots. The trouble is they don’t - apart from the claims, Xogen and its spokesman appear sane and professional.
Xogen’s web site is irritatingly vague on why the device works. They say more about what it is not than what it is. No, you don’t get more energy out than is put in. No, it doesn’t violate the known laws of physics. No, it isn’t cold fusion (well, who said it was?)
It will be interesting to see what happens next. Perhaps Xogen will rocket to international fame, only to collapse in a heap of lawsuits and criminal fraud charges, joining the rogue’s gallery of Bre-X, Solv-Ex, and cold fusion. My guess is Xogen will achieve only minor recognition and then quietly fade away, citing insurmountable technical difficulties in implementing their secret, but (they persist) still valid, method.
Although Xogen is a private company, it is 20% owned by Tathacus Resources Ltd (TTC on the Canadian Venture Exchange), a Calgary petroleum company. The decision to invest $2 million in Xogen was approved by shareholder proxy this June, apparently with over 99% approval from the minority shareholders. It seems to have done Tathacus share prices some good: “Tathacus Stock Soars on Hydrogen Generation Hope”, screamed a Reuters headline in September. Tathacus’s web site (www.tathacus.ca) discloses more information. On October 3rd, Xogen was awarded U.S. patent 6,126,794 for an apparatus for producing hydrogen gas. It describes a fairly simple device made from ordinary materials. But although the patent explains how the device is built, it doesn’t explain why it works. To find out I contacted Leigh Clarke, a spokesman for Xogen. He began by asking my background, and I answered mathematics and computer science. He approved of this, suggesting
Or, of course, they may solve the world’s energy problems. I’m almost tempted to buy shares in Tathacus Resources, just in case… Stewart Trickett , November, 2000 STEWART TRICKETT Stewart Trickett has a B.Sc in computer science from the University of British Columbia and a M.Math in applied mathematics from the University of Waterloo. He has developed geophysical processing software in Calgary since 1979. He is currently a senior research programmer with Kelman Technologies Inc., and has previously worked for Veritas Seismic Ltd. and Seismic Data Processors Ltd. Stewart’s specialities include deconvolution, statics, noise attenuation, velocity analysis, graphics, and software engineering. He is a member of both the CSEG and SEG, and regularly co-authors presentations at their conventions. This is his second article for the Recorder. Continued on Page 10
Who is Xogen Power Inc.?
Answer: Xogen Power Inc. is a privately owned Alberta company with its head office at 6th Floor, 805 - 10th Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2R 0B4, phone number 403-251-9233, fax number 403-251-9244, email: email@example.com. The Directors and Officers are:
* Mr. John E.K. Grove - Chairman and Director* * Mr. Stephen B. Chambers - Chief Science Officer and Director * Mr. Barrie D. Shibley - Treasurer and Director* * Mr. Hugh J. Davis - Director * Mr. J. Kenneth Grove - Director* * Mr. Robert W. Reisig - Director * Mr. Clair E. Shoemaker - President and Director* * Mr. Leigh Clarke - VP Business Development and General Counsel * Ms. Angella Hughes - VP of Research and Development
* denotes common Directors of both Xogen Power Inc. and Tathacus Resources Ltd.
What is the Xogen Technology?
Answer: Xogen Power Inc. applied for worldwide patents based on the results of research which discovered a breakthrough Technology that separates water into usable hydrogen and oxygen with a modest electrical input. The gases are generated on demand at the point required which eliminates storage and provides a transportable method of hydrogen generation.
Will Xogen Power Inc. provide full disclosure of the Technology?
Answer: No, the specific details of the Technology are proprietary to Xogen Power Inc. and are subject to the strictest confidentiality.
What are the applications of the Technology?
Answer: The Xogen Technology can be used as a fuel source for internal combustion engines, jet engines, and burner tip applications (heating and furnace uses). Confidential Independent Engineering Reports suggest the applications exist "anywhere a fuel is burned".
Is the Technology currently available in the marketplace?
Answer: No, the Technology is currently at the "Beta Prototype" stage with efficient prototype models demonstrating internal combustion and heating applications. These models provide the necessary data and efficiencies from which production units may be engineered and manufactured in the future.
Question: How will Xogen Power Inc. bring the Technology to the marketplace? Answer: Xogen Power Inc. signed a Joint Venture with Tathacus Resources Ltd. through which Xogen and Tathacus are developing a home heating apparatus. Xogen will introduce their Technology through this and other Joint Ventures to the world.
Is the Technology efficient to manufacture and operate?
Answer: According to a Confidential Independent Engineering Analysis "mass production of the Xogen hydrogen generator should be straight forward and inexpensive." This, in conjunction with relatively simple conversions of existing consumer products, should provide competitive pricing of various commercial applications of the Technology. Operating costs are minimal as the
input is water and a small amount of electrical input. The water required no chemical additives and can be fresh, salt or polluted.
How does Xogen Power Inc. differ from fuel cell companies?
Answer: Xogen Power Inc. is an Advanced Energy Technology Company whose Research and Development focus is the generation of hydrogen and not the specific applications or uses of hydrogen. Xogen Power Inc. has addressed the fundamental problem of the fuel source, for example in vehicular applications the Technology eliminates the need for onboard storage of any other fuel.
Does this technology break the known laws of Physics?
Answer: No, certainly not. The Physics that is used in the Xogen technology, has been around for years. "No law's of physics are violated within the Xogen Technology".
I've heard it said you are trying to sell perpetual motion, is this true?
Answer: No, this is not true. Perpetual motion, as we all know, cannot be achieved. Not even in a zero gravity vacuum environment! There is always an energy loss, the Xogen technology is no exception to this law.
Are you claiming that you get more energy out, than is put in?
Answer: No this is impossible. Xogen is making no claims whatsoever, we are not trying to promote any form of fusion, hot, cold or even something in between.
Question: If your technology was applied to a vehicle, would we be able to attach the exhaust pipe to the Xogen technology, and run forever? Answer:
No, definitely not. In all applications there is an energy loss. 3
Does Xogen's technology exploit stored energy in water?
Answer: Yes...... It is often said that you cannot get more energy output than input. In it's standard form, this is absolutely true. But lets take a closer look. If we examine one gallon of gasoline, the stored energy is huge. The power needed to release this energy is merely that of a spark, and as we all know, the energy contained in a spark is tiny. This example can be said by some to violate the laws of Physics. The energy of a spark input equals vast energy output . Therefore, it can be said that we violate natures laws every time we turn the ignition key, but as we know, this is not true, as we are releasing the stored energy within the gasoline. The ignition system in a car engine is the energy release mechanism. If we examine one gallon of water, the energy stored is even higher than that of gasoline. Xogen doesn't release the stored energy with a spark, but with well known scientific principals which have stood the test of time.
Is this a scientific dream come true?
Answer: Xogen is not in dreamland. The research team at Xogen, has examined the laws of Hydrogen extraction closely and have developed a more efficient process.