Grupo Ferrer Internacional has patented a heating unit that utilizes a metal oxidation-reduction reaction for heat generation without the need for an igniter. The method involves coating a conductive substrate with a solid fuel layer and coupling electrodes to facilitate the reaction. GlobalData’s report on Grupo Ferrer Internacional gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Grupo Ferrer Internacional, Human telomerase RT biomarker was a key innovation area identified from patents. Grupo Ferrer Internacional's grant share as of January 2024 was 50%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Electric heating unit without igniter using metal oxidation-reduction reaction

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Grupo Ferrer Internacional SA

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11839714B2) discloses a method for making a heating unit. The method involves coating a portion of the interior surface of a conductive substrate with a slurry of solid fuel comprising a metal reducing agent, a metal containing oxidizing agent, and an inorganic binder. The slurry is then solidified, and electrodes are coupled to the conductive substrate and the surface of the solid fuel.

In one embodiment of the method described in the patent, the metal reducing agent can be selected from zirconium, titanium, aluminum, and iron. Additionally, the metal containing oxidizing agent can be chosen from MoO3, Fe2O3, MnO2, KClO4, and KClO3. Furthermore, the binder used in the process is specified to be an inorganic silicate-based binder. This patented method offers a novel approach to creating a heating unit with specific materials and processes, potentially leading to improved performance and efficiency in heating applications.

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