A revolutionary concept in mass and heat transfer and catalytic reactions with global multi-sector impact.
Almost every industry makes use of heat and mass transfer and catalytic reactions. OPXFLO improves on a range of existing technologies because of its enhanced energy efficiency and lower capital requirements from its more compact design. In short, the technology relies on small particles (liquid or solid) being injected into a gas stream (either vertical or horizontal) at the same speed as the gas stream. Within certain parameters this allows for a very efficient interaction of the particles with the gas for either mass or heat transfer or catalytic reactions.
The OPXFLO design distributes particles, either solid or liquid, over a length of a horizontal unit, or a height of a vertical unit, in such a way as to ensure a high porosity, such as one per cent of the mixture is solid or liquid particles.
A key advantage of this design is that every particle in the processing region interacts with the gas. As well the surface area is very large and in comparison to other methods, a fluidised bed for example, the pressure drop is minimal in horizontal systems, and lowered in a vertical unit.
Professor Potter is seeking to commercialise patents for revolutionary contactor designs for the interaction of solid particles or liquid droplets with gas streams in industrial processes globally across multiple industry sectors.
To this end he has established and entered into an agreement with OEP Cross-Flow Pty Ltd trading as OPXFLO in relation to the commercialisation of these patents across a wide range of industries.
OPXFLO is currently engaged in developing proof of concept units for both the vertical gas/liquid contactor and horizontal gas/solid contactor models. Following satisfactory test results, the company will seek investors and industry partners to commercialise this revolutionary technology.
Horizontal model: OPXFLO have engaged Pinches Group Pty Ltd to assist with the development and testing of the horizontal prototype.
Next on the list is the vertical prototype, also currently in early stages with Pinches Group Pty Ltd.
OPXFLO Is currently engaging in preliminary talks with potential investors in this unique IP.
OPXFLO will be seeking commercial partners in a range of industries. There is a very wide range of potential applications for this technology including in relation to heat exchangers, steel production and other fluidised bed mineral processors, catalytic reactors, air conditioning units, and carbon adsorption/absorption to mention a few.