Energy Mentor Network Company: One Scientific

The Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council is featuring the companies benefiting from the Energy Mentor Network program, which offers industry specific expertise from experienced mentors.

The Energy Mentor Network‘s goal is to foster the growth of Tennessee advanced energy technologies and startups by connecting entrepreneurs with mentors. This gives Tennessee yet another advantage in grabbing its more than fair share of the $1.3 trillion global advanced energy market.

The Energy Mentor Network is run by the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council in partnership with Launch Tennessee.

In broad strokes, the Energy Mentor Network pairs mentors with promising new companies and entrepreneurs through a structured program involving panel presentations and mentoring sessions.

The purpose of the program is to develop quality startups. After completing the program, startups will have an investable pitch deck, a rock solid business model and a plan to establish more traction. These tools will position Tennessee’s entrepreneurs to raise capital, request other funds like SBIR grants, and scale their company.

TAEBC is featuring EMN company One Scientific. Headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee, One Scientific Inc. is committed to empowering the world with a sustainable source of fuel. With specialization in advanced manufacturing research & development, its award-winning team has created two significant early stage products that when commercialized will have the ability to produce a source of sustainable hydrogen for Fuel Cell Vehicle fueling stations and stand-alone fuel cell power generation.

TAEBC is currently accepting applications from Tennessee advanced energy companies to apply for the Energy Mentor Network program. If you are interested in this opportunity, please visit the “For Startups” section of the Energy Mentor Network portion of TAEBC’s website.

One Scientific technology one step closer to commercialization

TAEBC member One Scientific has made a breakthrough in its technology that dates back to its inception in the 1970s.

When the earliest prototype of the company’s technology was first tested, it shot a jet of flame across a 30-foot distance and singed the eyebrows of a bystander. This incident caused the founder Michael Redwine to shelve his invention until scientific advancements could make the technology safe.

The problem stemmed not from a flaw in the technology but from the volatile nature of pure hydrogen and pure oxygen when exposed to one another. One Scientific’s unique method of splitting water produces a gaseous stream made up of 2:1 hydrogen and oxygen. Michael tested various filtration medias to separate the two gas streams – including pure gold leaf – but was unable to successful devise a method that was both efficient and cost-effective.

Fast forward to March 3, 2017. Thanks to years of experience and advancements in additive manufacturing, One Scientific has finally produced a solution with the company’s 3D printer. With this key component, the company has achieved over 99% separation of both gases.

One Scientific’s 3D printed part has a short life due to the filament material limitations. The company is now looking to outside vendors who can manufacture this component from sturdy materials. This ultimately means another round of experiments to finalize the breakthrough and another step closer to commercialization.

One Scientific can now safely produce hydrogen gas from water almost anywhere and on-demand.

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One Scientific moving forward with its disruptive technology

(NOTE: This article was originally published on Teknovation.biz)

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA

When you are involved in a disruptive technology that will potentially change the world, one of the greatest challenges is determining where to start.

That’s certainly the case with One Scientific Inc., a Johnson City-based clean tech start-up that has been the subject of several previous articles in teknovation.biz including this initial overview. We caught-up with Jon Barnwell, Co-Founder and Vice President, during a recent visit to Northeast Tennessee.

“One of our biggest challenges has been identifying where we fit into the evolving energy space,” he told us. “We can produce two energy carriers – hydrogen and electricity – with ultra-high efficiency.”

The question becomes what customer segment has the greatest pain and opportunity to gain? It’s a long list, and Barnwell says there is potential to serve them all.

One Scientific is commercializing multiple technologies including a 40-year old cost-effective method for generating renewable hydrogen anywhere in the world where there is access to water. Conceived and built in the 1970s by Michael Redwine, company Founder, the technology is ready for broad commercialization now that One Scientific has combined with another proprietary technology, a new hydrogen fuel cell, which will work to address previous safety concerns.

Yet, the widespread adoption of hydrogen as a mainstream energy carrier has not yet occurred, because it has been expensive to produce and convert to a useful form of energy.

Barnwell underscored that challenge by noting that there are less than 1,000 fuel cell vehicles on the road, most of which are in California. “But that’s about to change,” he says.

At the 2016 “California Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Summit,” stakeholders met to discuss unprecedented attention and activity in the use of hydrogen and fuel cells along with ongoing challenges. Honda Motors proposed that three key developments need to happen for broad consumer adoption of fuel cell vehicles.

Read the full story here.