Cross-posted from Launchopedia by FundingSage.
The mission of One Scientific is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable hydrogen.
Name: One Scientific, Inc.
Location: Johnson City, Tennessee
Product / Service Offering: Affordable onsite hydrogen from pure water
Co-founder Interviewed: Jon Barnwell
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Tell us a little about yourself with a focus on what motivates you?
I am a third generation entrepreneur. Having grown up in the manufacturing industry, attention to detail was instilled in me at an early age. I am the type of guy who wants to know how the watch works rather than the time. When I was 6 or 7 years old, I once took my dad’s perfectly good motorcycle apart just to see “how it works”. It did not turn out too well for the motorcycle or me.
I believe most individuals want to be a part of something larger than oneself which is a huge motivator for me. The opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of many people is a worthwhile cause that keeps me pushing forward.
When did you establish your company and where did the idea originate?
One Scientific was established in 2014, but the path to our work started in the mid-1970s by Founder, Inventor and CEO Michael Redwine. In a rather remarkable story, Michael drew his inspiration for the technology from a Biblical account of the prophet Elijah. According to the Bible, Elijah performed a miracle before the Israelites by calling upon God to send fire from the sky to consume a sacrifice placed on an altar drenched with water. This miracle inspired Michael to search for a catalyst that reacted with steam to generate hydrogen.
An apparatus to test this idea was built and the search for different catalyst configurations began. After many months of experimentation, success was realized and Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) hydrogen generation was born. Magnetohydrodynamics is the study of the magnetic properties of electrically conducting fluids.