The IFBattery Flow-Battery/Hydrogen-Generator.

Author:Christakes, Karine

Isat quietly listening to top scientists from around the world giving 15-30 minute presentations at the International Society for Porous Media held in Spain in May 2019. A hush fell over the audience as the next speaker approached the podium, Dr. John Cushman, Distinguished Professor from Purdue University in the Departments of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences and Mathematics, and President of IFBattery, Inc. Most who attended this conference or others like it in the past had already heard of the technology he and his team at IFBattery had been working on for almost five years.

Watching the reactions of his fellow scientists piqued my interest as I watched eyes grow large and jaws drop as Dr. Cushman began explaining this new technology. One person exclaimed, "That's impossible!" Others leaned forward in their chairs, hoping to learn how it could be possible.

As a layperson, my explanation of what he presented is simply this, Dr. Cushman and his team at IFBattery have developed a battery that can make a car run on water. If you ask Dr. Cushman, he will add, "and a few other things" with a wink and a nod. Dr. Cushman explained that this new technology, which has so far only been spoken of as a "go green" fairy tale, is actually an "aqueous-based hybrid flow-battery/hydrogen-generator. It can produce hydrogen on-demand, as well as electricity or any binary combination as a function of chemistry and mechanical design." In simpler terms, it can produce hydrogen on-the-go, as well as electricity, and depending on the application, it can run mostly on hydrogen, mostly on electricity, or some blend of the two.

It may come to be known as the hybrid Series Aqueous-based Flow Electric "SAFE" Hydrogen Generator.


Current energy sources to power vehicles are gas, diesel, electric, hydrogen, or hybrids. There are many benefits to each of these power sources, but there are also drawbacks.

Gas- & Diesel-Powered Vehicles

The most common power sources for vehicles today are gas and diesel. The "grid" already exists, but they use up natural resources and emit destructive greenhouse gases.

Electric-Powered Vehicles (EV's)

Most educated consumers love the idea of running their cars on rechargeable batteries instead of pumping gallon after gallon of non-renewable gas or diesel into their tanks. However, most have never considered the full circle of requirements to run the current electric-powered vehicles.

Consider Diane, a proud go-green consumer who drives home at the end of the day and plugs in her electric car. In the morning, she delightedly pulls out of her driveway, feeling satisfied that she is not using up non-renewable fossil gas, nor is she emitting any greenhouse gases.

But is that true? Not exactly. Diane may not recognize that most power plants use non-renewable fossil fuels, such as coal, natural gas, and oil, which create greenhouse gases as they are being consumed to generate the electricity to her house that is used to power her car.

Other drawbacks include only being able to drive short distances before needing to recharge, between 35 and 300 miles depending on the size of the battery. Recharging time can take between 30 minutes up to 12 hours (

Consider what happens when Diane is...

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