Hydrogen Gas Generators
Benefits of An Onsite Hydrogen Generator
In general, hydrogen is supplied through one of two methods: bulk hydrogen delivery, usually sourced from large natural gas reformation plants and packaged in cylinders or tube trailers for delivery; and onsite hydrogen generation via water electrolysis.
Bulk delivery has been the standard for decades and has proven to be a reliable source for hydrogen for laboratory applications. The purity of bulk hydrogen and the price for guaranteed high purity are key factors in selecting a hydrogen source for gas chromatography applications. Bulk-delivered hydrogen is prone to contamination that can negatively affect analyses, such as water/moisture, oxygen, hydrocarbon, carbon dioxide, or nitrogen. Packaging, distribution, purification methods, and other factors can impact the gas’s purity. These contaminants must be mitigated in order to ensure the proper performance of analytical instruments for accurate results.
Unpredictable variability in purity and supply availability have caused a number of chemists and lab managers to switch to onsite hydrogen generation via water electrolysis. This provides the user with research-grade hydrogen 99.999% for use as a carrier gas, as well as complete control over cost and supply.
Hydrogen produced using proton exchange membrane (PEM) water electrolysis technology does not contain any impurities beyond trace amounts of water moisture, nitrogen, and oxygen. All are well below levels that will negatively affect sample results or column life.
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Applications for Hydrogen Gas Generators
Industrial: As your business grows, increasing amounts of hydrogen are needed to satisfy production demands. This can cause issues ranging from permit restrictions and space limitations to increased costs and safety concerns. Proton OnSite’s space-saving hydrogen generators are easy to permit, install, and operate. With minimal maintenance requirements, our comprehensive solutions enable customers to maximize budget flexibility and optimize operational efficiency.
Power Plants: Hydrogen is an effective cooling agent in electric generators. However, power plants must maintain optimal gas purity and pressure inside the generator casings to ensure generation efficiency, operational safety, and equipment reliability. With fully-automated performance, Proton OnSite’s complete solutions utilize PEM technology to generate hydrogen that will maximize generator capacity, extend generator life, and reduce overall operational costs.
Semiconductor: Because high purity carrier gas is crucial to supporting semiconductor processes, professionals require a high-quality yet cost-effective gas supply. By eliminating external impurities, Proton OnSite’s hydrogen generators safely produce gas with consistent purity and guaranteed composition on site, maintaining high performance in and extending the lifespan of palladium purifiers. Featuring a true zero-inventory design, these generators eliminate the need for stored flammable, giving your facility extra flexibility in relation to permitting restrictions.
Meteorology: Thanks to its low cost and reliable availability, hydrogen has been widely adopted as a lift gas to replace helium in meteorology processes. Requiring only electricity and water, Proton OnSite’s hydrogen generators safely and efficiently produce hydrogen at its point of use. Well-suited for diverse weather locations where consistent gas sources are unavailable, these devices eliminate the need to store high-pressure flammable gas on-site. Compared to alternative supply methods, Proton OnSite’s PEM systems require minimal maintenance for the highest on-stream time.
Heat Treating: Hydrogen is commonly used to provide a reductive atmosphere in material processing applications. Compared to delivered gas, dissociated ammonia, and exo- or endo gas, PEM hydrogen generation systems produce ultrahigh purity gas and offer a drier, safer alternative for operational support. When paired with generated nitrogen, Proton OnSite’s comprehensive solutions completely eliminate the need for delivery and storage of hazardous gases.
Hydrogenation: Widely employed in the petroleum, food, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries, hydrogenation processes require turnkey gas solutions that provide a safe, clean, and reliable high-volume hydrogen supply. Proton OnSite’s gas generation systems are expandable through their modular designs and can provide almost unlimited quantities to address growing production needs. Unlike traditional SMR, PEM systems are 100% emission free when integrated with renewable energy, supporting sustainability and green initiatives.
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