Thursday, January 31, 2013

H2Pump awarded $1.8 million by NYSERDA

LATHAM - In an effort to accelerate the commercialization of technology that saves energy through reusing hydrogen, the state Energy Research and Development Authority awarded H2Pump, LLC $1.8 million, according to a Tuesday announcement.

The funding will aid the installation of six of the company's devices at four locations around the state, including two installed at the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. The technology has the potential to produce energy and thus cost savings by purifying and then reusing hydrogen used during metal reheating and semi-conductor fabrication, the latter an industrial process performed at CNSE.

When used in such industrial applications the hydrogen is not consumed, but rather, is used to create an atmosphere for chemical processes. The standard procedure is to release the hydrogen into the atmosphere after each use. The H2Pump technology, brand name HRS-100, promises to capture 90 percent of the hydrogen will be recovered, then purified, pressurized and reused. Through the elimination of the production cost and petroleum costs when transporting the substance, the new devices could create substantial long term savings.

Installation at the four facilities is planned for early 2013, and will be followed by an 18-month program to validate and quantify the benefits produced.

Founded in 2005, began work on their hydrogen technology a year later. In the past two years they have doubled their staff to 15 full and three part time employees.

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