May-Ruben Thermal Solutions has conducted an extensive research effort collecting international patents, patent applications (where available), conference papers, published research papers, university studies, Masters’ and Ph.D. level dissertations, association proceedings, and commercial literature. We know of no prior art, commercial product, or emerging system that is remotely similar to Binary Fluid Ejector technology. US and PCT patents applications have been filed, and patent is pending.
A preliminary binary fluid assay has been completed, to identify promising candidate binary fluid components according to a Figure of Merit analytical tool developed for this task. A small number of candidate binary fluid pairs have been identified, such as HFE-7500 and water, which combine high thermal performance with high environmental performance (i.e. low global warming potential, atmospheric life, toxicity, etc.).
The next research steps are to expand the analytical model and binary fluid assay, conduct in-depth three-dimensional computational fluid dynamic modeling predictive of BFE performance under various operating conditions, and prototype construction and testing to verify BFE performance and validate model accuracy.
May-Ruben Thermal Solutions has retained a staff of highly qualified PhD’s in Mechanical and Chemical engineering to design and construct a bench top prototype. This initial prototype will be designed as a distillation unit. Distillation, desalination, and desiccation are considered important opportunities that are well matched to an ejector driven refrigeration cycle. It is scheduled to end of 2014. May-Ruben Thermal Solutions is pleased to be working with the University of Calgary in this endeavour.
Even at this early stage, MRTS employs a strong group of Highly Qualified Personnel that the company has brought to, or retained, in Calgary, such as the BFE inventor and CTO, Wayne May, who has moved to Calgary from the U.S. The company employs 4 PhD’s and 4 Masters level employees. MRTS believes that its greatest corporate advantage is the strength and ability of its employees to research, learn and maintain a world leading understanding of the thermal and fluid dynamics of ejector technology. Thermal cycles are ubiquitous across society. Applications involve not just heating and cooling, but also industrial and agricultural drying, and water desalination, distillation, and remediation. The ongoing evolution of BFE technology will be horizontal into new applications as well as vertical improvements in performance for established applications through enhancements in nozzle design, ejector geometry and material properties. The continual evolution of BFE technology would ensure that Calgary and Alberta becomes a focal point for technology sharing and transfer between academic groups such as U. of C. and engineering companies, such as Worley Parsons and Stantec, whose involvement in implementation of BFE technology into industrial processes in Alberta oil sands would lead to developing a corps of engineering expertise for BFE installation. The success of BFE technology represents the opportunity to create a center of excellence for an important new technology and industry and would allow Alberta to be an exporter of knowledge.
Even though the MRTS model does envision maintaining itself as a lean fulfillment company (subcontracting and reselling parts and fluids), there is still good job creation for the following functions: Procurement, Quality Control, Logistics, IT, customer service, and accounting, as well as maintaining an ongoing R&D department. A greater number of jobs, however, will be created indirectly if BFE GSHP’s are acquired and installed in Alberta. GSHP systems require drillers, plumbers, and electricians for installation, as well as service from HVAC technicians.