Costa Rica News – In order to hit that carbon neutrality goal of Costa Rica the idiots in the Costa Rican government put into place in order to promote a green Costa Rica, might potentially become a reality thanks to private enterprise. Let’s be honest this goal of Costa Rica being carbon neutral by 2021 was just another ploy by the CR government to promote tourism and they had no intentions of actually accomplishing it. They cannot even build their own sewer plant or national stadium, what makes you think they would be able to even understand how to accomplish carbon neutrality?
Ad Astra Rocket Company, Costa Rican astronaut Franklin Chang, is developing three projects in clean energy in Costa Rica, which together would give way to the creation of an engine that can run either on hydrogen or biogas.
The first step is the construction of an aero-generator – wind powered generator, and the idea is to carry out the whole process in Costa Rica, from manufacturing to implementation, so that he in turn produce the energy needed for an electrolyzer which separates the hydrogen from the water.
“Our idea was to make medium-scale wind turbines, as six meters (…) to work with relatively low wind speeds. We have created several prototypes and are now working on one that works at 0.5 kilowatts, but we are in the process of one that will work in 5 kilowatts, “said Ad Astra Scientific Director, José Antonio Castro.
Once you separate hydrogen from water it mush go through compression process. Ad Astra is conducting a study on how it can be done safely and this has been finalized in an agreement with the Costa Rican Oil Refinery (RECOPE) that will provide facilities where experiments can be conducted. Results should be available later this year.
“Hydrogen is a clean fuel when burned it produces is water. It is possible to have a 100% hydrogen engine for a car, but it is very complicated because if you want to store a usable quantity of hydrogen it requires a lot of space. What you need to do is compress it under pressure and make it more manageable, “said Castro.
The mixed-biogas engine and hydrogen would be used for the transport sector in Costa Rica, due to the dependence that exists with respect to petroleum. They will also build small emergency power plants that are environmentally friendly.
The entire system could also be used in remote areas, where there is no other form of energy than wind. Although the projects are still in their preliminary stages, Castro hopes that by the end of this 2013 initiated experiments to see compression of hydrogen.