Bulgarian inventor makes a scientific breakthrough
Engineer Kamenarov's innovation promises to revolutionise several industrial sectorsValentina Spiridonova
A Bulgarian invention is about to usher in a revolution in various industry sectors - metallurgy, energy industry, ecology. The “technology for extraction of Brown's gas (oxyhydrogen) and polymetal-rich minerals from seawater”, patented by engineer Chavdar Kamenarov, is a mining installation of sorts designed to extract extremely polymetal-rich minerals and potable water from the sea.
The installation, however, can also be used to treat household waste and to generate cheap and environmentally friendly electricity and thermal energy for household and industrial consumers. Due to its unique characteristics, and if developed to reach its full potential, the innovation, thus, is a one-of-a-kind multipurpose machine that can be successfully utilised in several economic and business areas.
Initially, in 2007, Kamenarov managed to demonstrate how a car can run, powered by Brown's gas tapped from tap water. Unfortunately, the discovery failed to succeed because the need of special high-temperature - about 400 degrees - insulated conductors caused heavy supply problems. He decided then to try and extract Brown's gas from seawater and the success lead to the development of this machine.
As he explains, it is mainly intended to source metals from the minerals recovered during the extraction of Brown's gas from seawater. While simultaneously generating energy, the machine also desalinates seawater and turns it into potable water. Last but not least, this technology can be employed to clean highly-polluted tailings dams, including such containing radioactive elements, and to re-cultivate highly-polluted land and soil, with energy being produced at the exit point of the system. Therefore, it can serve as a comprehensive green installation that addresses three of the main problems associated with conventional systems - natural resources depletion, environmental pollution and high energy prices.
Certain qualities of the installation can be enhanced depending on the needs and requirements of a given industry. For example, it can be set up on an African shore to desalinate seawater, which would provide fresh water to entire communities suffering from water scarcity. The installation can also be very useful in the mining industry, eliminating the labour-intensive process of exploiting a mineral site that has finite resources, because the new technology uses unlimited and inexhaustible source - seawater.
At two by two metres, the mineral-extraction installation designed by the Bulgarian engineer is compact and therefore has the advantage of being easy to transport from place to place, including to the shore. This innovation has already given rise to a technological startup called Plam Energy, whose executive directors are engineer Chavdar Kamenarov and Tsveta Kirilova. The company aims to realise a series of inventions, quickly turning them into profitable businesses helping “humanity elevate to a new plane in its technological understanding”, as the company motto suggests - Start Upgrading the World with Science.