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Element 1 to deliver hydrogen generator to China's Blue-G

CTBR Staff Writer Published 31 October 2017

Element 1, an Oregon-based hydrogen producer has signed a purchase agreement with Blue-G New Energy Science and Technology, a Chinese company to deliver hydrogen generator.

The hydrogen generator that Element 1 will deliver is claimed to deliver up to 500 liters per minute of highly pure hydrogen.

Element 1 also claims that as the system has been designed to be operated onboard, it can be ideally used to power fuel-cell powered electric buses and logistics vehicles, without being dependent on stationary hydrogen fuelling infrastructure.

Element 1 CEO Dave Edlund said: “Fuel cells have become a very important component of China’s five-year plan to invest in clean energy, with Blue-G playing a leading role in fulfilling the vision of China’s Hydrogen Economy. We are impressed with the traction Blue-G is achieving in the China market, and look forward to working closely with the Blue-G team."

The onboard hydrogen generator is based on Element 1’s patented technology which can convert a mix of methanol and water into highly pure hydrogen. Blue-G plans to introduce this hydrogen generator in fuel-cell buses to target Chinese customers.

After the first hydrogen generator is delivered successfully, the two companies are expected to sign a licence agreement next year.

Blue-G New Energy Science and Technology CEO Ronald Lee said: “Integrating a methanol hydrogen generator into fuel cell bus systems is another technology challenge with promise to enhance fuel-cell bus applications using an alternative and convenient method of supplying hydrogen fuel.

“However, sophisticated control technology applied to the system is required. Through a joint collaboration program with Element 1, we hope to add this innovative technology and products into fuel cell deployments within two years.”