Fueling the Hydrogen Economy

P+E Receives Second Order For Bulk Hydrogen Purification System


Power+Energy Inc. Receives Second Order For Bulk Hydrogen Purification System

The first system sold has been operating successfully in Japan since March.


Power+Energy Inc. has recently received a second order for its innovative modular PE9000 series hydrogen purification system. This system, with a capacity of 1300 standard liters per minute, will be shipped to a new customer also located in Japan. The system will be installed in the fourth quarter of 2004.
Introduced in July of last year, the PE9000 Series system provides customers with a highly reliable supply of Ultra-Pure Hydrogen containing less than one part per billion total impurities. This UPH gas is typically used in the manufacture of advanced semiconductor devices such as light-emitting diodes, laser diodes and silicon carbide semiconductors. The system can be configured to supply from 300 liters per minute up to 10,000 liters per minute (20,000 cubic feet per hour or 624 cubic meters per hour) of ultra-pure hydrogen.
The unique design of the PE9000 system integrates multiple palladium membrane purifiers and P+E’s next generation P130 control systems with PC-based centralized monitoring and control software. The proprietary software allows remote monitoring and control of the purifier system over LAN-connected PCs. Multiple redundant purifiers are mounted into modular racks. These modules include manifolding designed to allow individual purifiers to be serviced or hot-swapped without interruption to the facility’s UPH supply. The PE 9000 systems feature integrated sensors and diagnostics to monitor system performance. If a problem is identified, the problem cell is isolated and a back-up purifier is automatically put on line, avoiding yield losses and maintaining UPH system capacity.

P+E has recently been awarded two additional DOD-funded contracts under which it will develop specifically configured hydrogen separation units. The first contract (funded by DARPA / U.S. Army Research Office), is for portable fuel cells using methanol. The second contract (U.S. Navy: ONR / NAVSEA and NexTech) is for a 50 kW demo system, which will later be scaled up to a larger, 500 kW shipboard fuel cell system using diesel. P+E will also utilize this same hybrid membrane technology to develop lower-cost hydrogen purifiers for an expanded range of semiconductor and research applications.
About Power+Energy

Power & Energy is headquartered in Pennsylvania, USA. Established in 1993, the company’s mission is to enable the hydrogen economy and promote energy efficiency through the application of micro-channel technologies. The company provides a full range of micro-channel hydrogen purifiers to ultra-high purity users across the U.S., Asia and Europe.

Power & Energy is leading the way to the hydrogen economy with proprietary manufacturing and patented hydrogen purification, separation and generation technologies. Power & Energy’s Micro-Channel palladium-alloy hydrogen purifiers purify any grade of hydrogen to nine-nines purity, meeting the most stringent requirements for semiconductor fabrication processes, including light emitting diode manufacture, solar cell manufacture and the manufacture of other compound and silicon semiconductors. Power & Energy’s Micro-Channel hydrogen purifiers are also ideal for metallurgy, R&D, and instrumentation applications. Power & Energy’s Micro-Channel membrane systems can also be used to efficiently separate hydrogen from reformed fuels and synthesis gas mixtures.
Power & Energy is now applying its hydrogen expertise to the fuel cell vehicle refueling market. Power & Energy has recognized that highly compact, low cost, and efficient hydrogen generators that can convert existing liquid fuels to hydrogen at the refueling station will enable the rapid development of the hydrogen refueling infrastructure that fuel-cell vehicles will require. The company’s expertise in the design and manufacture of micro-channel gas processors provides the basis for this exciting new venture.

For further information, contact Noel Leeson, Power & Energy Inc., 106 Railroad Drive, Ivyland, PA 18974-1449, e-mail sales@powerandenergy.com.

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