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A personal disaster recovery unit comprising heating, cooling, and electric power generation

Heater Background
Global Heating Tech owns and is further developing a scalable flameless membrane catalytic heater system addressing concerns of weight, efficiency, safe storage, transportation, and operational/logistical complexities often encountered with conventional catalytic, electrical and/or chemical heaters.

Tragically, it was reported that a number of survivors of Hurricane Katrina were subsequently poisoned by carbon monoxide from their portable electric generators. Global Heating Tech's methanol fueled heater catalytically combusts its fuel without a flame to generate only heat, carbon dioxide, and water. The system is inherently free of toxic emissions such as carbon monoxide.

Chiller Background
Heat-driven absorption cooling is a mature technology in its natural gas or LPG fired form, but still undergoing refinement. According to the Advanced Guidelines of the Southern California Gas Company and New Buildings Institute there are efficiencies to be gained by utilizing this technology vs. electrically driven systems: "Natural gas cooling systems have greater resource efficiency than similar electric systems. Typical electricity generation and distribution results in an approximately 65% - 75% loss in the initial energy resource of the fuel. In contrast, only about 5% to 10% of the fuel resource is lost with a gas system. Additionally, electricity costs per Btu are typically three to four times the cost per Btu for electricity, so the cost of a unit of output (refrigeration) can often be lower with an absorption unit. Utilizing waste heat that would otherwise be unused greatly increases the cost-effectiveness of the systems, compared to consuming gas directly."

As a building block of Global Heating Tech's hybrid systems, it is noted that absorption cooling has an ample following for large scale refrigeration and air conditioning, and value can be added by a Global Heating Tech heating system to provide fully mobile systems in which the flameless membrane catalytic heater is dedicated entirely for chilling, or in which a chiller is driven by “waste” heat.

Electrical Fuel Cells and Thermopiles
Global Heating Tech has a plan to begin soliciting orders for direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC) in the coming months. Compact and lightweight systems have been shown elsewhere to be capable of powering or recharging mobile phones and laptop computers.

The DMFC utilizes the same fuel as Global Heating Tech's flameless membrane catalytic heater. It can benefit from Global Heating Tech's fuel delivery technology and/or in a hybrid system gain efficiency from being in thermal contact with a source of heat.

Thermopiles represent a technology discovered in the 19th century, now available in highly updated form. They are widely scalable and sold into a wide variety of remote power applications where a heat source is available to drive them. Thermal energy conversion efficiency is temperature dependent and can be low. However, an inherently robust mode of construction may enable placement of the hot side junction assembly in proximity to the burner or as a pass-through in heating applications.

Ultra-Insulated Container Background
Smart Shipper, LLC, a Vacca company, is growing its patented and patent pending shipping container business through external marketing partners. Company’s containers have passed all rough handling and other tests required by FedEx, who has begun implementing its referrals Agreement with Company. The containers rely on a light weight vacuum insulation, and provide roughly 5 times the heat flow resistance as polystyrene foam containers. Smart Shipper manufactures a range of containers utilizing vacuum and other insulations, some instrumented;

The Product

Global Heating Tech is designing a portable product, a personal disaster recovery field system comprising the foregoing building blocks to provide: a camp stove or space heater combined with a storage container capable keeping critical products hot or cold indefinitely, the latter by using an absorption chiller; and also comprising an electric power source capable of providing current for lighting and/or recharging (e.g.) mobile phone or other batteries. In future designs, we may add capability to run these and other appliances directly.

It is expected that such a Global Heating Tech system, creating no toxic by-products, can be invaluable to maintaining the health of people who have been dislocated from their homes by natural or man-made disasters such as terrorist attacks, war, hurricanes, and others. If this type of product is of interest to you, kindly contact us for further information.

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