RED JACKET — Daniel Hicks, 53-year old, of Red Jacket has invented an energy system that may bring hundreds of jobs to Southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky in the near future.
Green Line Energy was in planning stages until February 2015, it was then that Hicks built a small prototype that would give investors and interested parties a way to understand how it works and to prove that a small, high efficient, DC motor, rated at 3 HP, could produce enough hydraulic PSI to be able to run hydraulic motors at 3,600 rpm with a 3,000 PSI rating. It is also able to produce enough force to run two generators and produce power from each one to power 80 percent of what the generators rated for.
Hicks began his adult life in his early 20’s when he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1979. Following his time served in the Army he got a job with Ford Motor Company, who paid his way through college at Bowling Green University where he earned a degree in drafting design.
He later pursued a career in the coal mining industry where he worked as an electrician in numerous different coal mines in the area. His job as an electrician taught him, not only about electricity, but exactly how it works and gave him brilliant ideas on new ways to produce energy.
Because Hicks has lived and seen the decline in coal for energy and has watched thousands lose their jobs due to the decline, he decided that there was no better time than the present to put his ideas into motion and make his dream a reality. Hicks was determined to invent something to produce energy in the way he had imagined. Something more efficient and clean and something that would allow laid off coal miners to stay here in W.Va. and Ky. and still be employed with a company that still produces energy. He began putting his plan into action around four years ago when he started building his Green Line Energy System in his own front yard.
This model performed what Hicks was looking for and can, in fact, generate 110 VAC (Volts Alternating Current) – 220 VAC and can be pushed to 300-400 VAC. Two test cycles were performed where one 20 hour and 40 hour run came out with great results. The 20 hour run cycle produced a total of 348,000 watts, it only used 95,700 of those watts to recharge the system, which left 252,300 watts that could have been sold to a utility company. The 40 hour test cycle produced 696,000 watts, it took 150,480 watts to recharge the system and left 545,520 watts that could have been sold to a utility company.
Hicks said that the prototype would not have been possible without his partner, retired businessman, Daniel Akers of North Matewan. Akers is the former co-owner of Akers Magnetite Supply.
“Daniel invested in something that he really didn’t fully understand but was the only person who was willing to take the chance,” stated Hicks. “He understood the risks but agreed that if it works out it would be good for everyone in the county and good jobs might come and keep people employed. So we set out and built it.”
Hicks added, “The process was long and hard and with the help of another good friend, Mr. Willis Clevenger, we made it work. The process took over 60 days to complete but the process to fine tune everything took another 60 days.”
Hicks said the days were long and drawn out. He stated that with such a small system, there would be no room to waste any power and everything had to be balanced.
“After the system was ran on several days, it was proven that what I was shooting for was finally reached,” said Hicks.
Last month, in June, Congressman Evan Jenkins’ aid, Mr. Chad Story, went to Hicks’ residence to witness the genius idea with his own eyes. He was able to witness the system run and allowed Hicks to go over all the ins and outs on how it operates and listened and learned about all the positive advantages this system could bring to W. Va.
“He liked what he saw and agreed to help in any way to get the patent work done and completed, and so far he has kept his word,” stated Hicks. “
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin has also helped assist Hicks with a way to get the patent work done. His office had called Hicks several times from Washington, D.C. Patent rights were finally granted as of this week. A proposal is expected by the Department of Energy but, as with anything else, it will take some time.
“My partner and I have had many out of state corporations wanting to know when the prototype would be ready for sale. One of those companies was Tesla Energy Corporation,” said Hicks. “I really want to keep this technology in West Virginia or Kentucky because it’s something that will help a lot of the people in our area with jobs.”
The large company will produce mega watt power and 20% of all the power generated will be used to recharge the energy systems. The remaining power will be used to run the company. No outside utilities will be required to operate the company and it should produce two to three million dollars in power sales the first year of operation. Each year after the price will rise one half cent starting at five cents per KWH. At the end of five years, the cost will be only seven cents per KWH.
“We can create power cheap and clean with zero emissions and no hazardous by-products. The only by-products will be heat and hydrogen gas,” said Hicks.
“Displaced coal miners will operate the electrical end and they will still be energy producers, but this time they are in charge,” added Hicks.
Once this invention is up and running, the company will not only produce electrical energy, but it will also use the heat produced to run an industrial size greenhouse which will be the size of a football field and three stories high. The greenhouse will produce year-round food production that will be sold to schools, local markets and hospitals. The greenhouse will be operated by veterans and 4-H kids. This greenhouse is projected to produce anywhere from $180,000 to $200,000 in food sales each year.
The hydrogen that is produced from Green Line Energy system will be sold as fuel for hydrogen vehicles and industrial use, or it can be mixed with oxygen to make water.
Leasha Johnson, Director of the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority, has stated that they have the land which could be used and that this project ihas a bright future.
“Delegate Justin Marcum was very interested and said that he would do everything possible to make this a go,” said Hicks.
The Green Line Energy company will deal only with three commodities, which are electrical energy, food and fuel, three things that will always be in demand, and in high-demand at that. The company will be a source of steady employment for everyone and it will show the world that the southern coal fields can adapt and still be major energy producers.
“I wish to give a thank you to several local businesses such as Belo Mine Supply, State Electric, Tractor Supply, Community Trust Bank in Goody, Ky., Wills Diesel Repair and a thank you to Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Joe Manchin, Rep. Evan Jenkins, Delegate Justin Marcum and Daniel B. Akers. Without their help things would have been a lot harder to get the job done,” stated Hicks.
(Cindy Moore is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. To contact Cindy by phone please call 304-235-4242 ext. 2278 or by email at [email protected].)