In The News

NYSERDA Awards $1.8 Million to H2Pump of Latham To Help Demonstrate Energy-Saving Hydrogen Technology

January 29, 2013

 

 

NYSERDA Awards $1.8 Million to H2Pump of Latham To Help Demonstrate Energy-Saving Hydrogen Technology

Six Projects Around the State Expected to Show Significant Energy Savings By Reusing Hydrogen Needed for Industrial Processes

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has awarded $1.8 million to H2Pump LLC of Latham to help accelerate the commercialization of an energy-saving technology while also helping state manufacturers reduce operating expenses.

The funding will help install six of H2Pump’s hydrogen-recycling devices at four sites around New York State. It will demonstrate the energy- and cost-savings that can be achieved through the capture, purification and recirculation of hydrogen used during industrial processes such as metal heat-treating and semiconductor fabrication.

The hydrogen is not consumed in these applications, but instead is used to create a specialized atmosphere for chemical processes. Typically, the hydrogen is released to the atmosphere after a single application. Using H2Pump’s technology, up to 90 percent of the hydrogen used will be recovered, purified, pressurized, and returned for reuse. This significantly reduces the cost of the hydrogen needed, as well as the use of petroleum and subsequent emissions due to hydrogen production and transport.

“Governor Cuomo has made the expansion of New York’s cleantech economy a priority,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO, NYSERDA. “Public-private partnerships provide the foundation upon which the State can assist cleantech companies to move their products toward commercialization, in turn creating jobs and stimulating the economy.”

There are tens of thousands of furnaces in operation that use at least a 20 percent hydrogen atmosphere – all potential customers for H2Pump. The hydrogen provides an oxygen-free atmosphere that enhances productivity and product quality.

H2Pump was founded in 2005 and began to develop this technology a year later. The company, which has doubled its staff in the past two years, currently has 15 full-time and three part-time employees and plans to add employees as this project unfolds.

The company’s hydrogen recycling systems will be manufactured in Rochester by Zeller Corp.

Installation of the HRS-100™ recycling systems is planned for early 2013. The 18-month-long program is designed to validate and quantify the benefits of recycling hydrogen from industrial processes and to develop a “best practices” guidebook that will help promote proper use of the technology. H2Pump will work with third-party commissioning engineers to install, operate and document the benefits.

“This demonstration program will provide essential field operational data and validation as we progress toward the commercial launch of our hydrogen recycling solutions,” said Mark Sperry, CEO of H2Pump. “We are thankful to NYSERDA and welcome the opportunity to establish partnerships with new customers and engineering firms.”

The technology will be demonstrated at the following locations:

  • Two units at Rome Strip Steel, Rome. Rome Strip Steel (RSS) is a family owned business founded in 1926. It manufacturers a variety of strip-steel products and is the only steel strip manufacturer currently in New York.
  • One unit at Pall Corporation, Cortland. Pall Corp. is a global leader in the high-tech filtration, separation and purification industry. The $2.7 billion global company makes fluid management devices for hospital, blood center, laboratory, airline and municipal water use.
  • Two units at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s (CNSE) Albany NanoTech Complex, to demonstrate the pump’s viability in chip fabrication and nanotechnology. With more than $14 billion in public and private high-tech investments, CNSE is the most advanced nanotechnology education, research, development, and commercialization enterprise in the world. CNSE works with over 300 corporate partners amid a growing footprint in next-generation technology development across New York State.
  • An additional site will be determined in the future.

Learn more about H2Pump at www.H2Pumpllc.com.

About NYSERDA
NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.

Last Updated: 01/29/2013

Contact(s)

 



Congressmen Tonko Announces H2Pump Receives DOE Award

November 28, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 28, 2012

CONTACT:  Clinton Britt (202) 598-3696

 

TONKO ANNOUNCES ENERGY DEPARTMENT GRANT FOR LOCAL COMPANY

 

Latham based H2Pump LLC to receive nearly $500,000 to help bring hydrogen technology to market

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.Congressmen Paul Tonko announced today that H2Pump LLC of Latham has received nearly half a million dollars from the US Department of Energy Fuel Cells Program to install and operate two hydrogen recycling systems to help bring the technology to market. Funded as part of the fiscal year 2012 federal budget, the cost share of the project is evenly split between the Department of Energy and H2Pump LLC, making the total investment in the two year project nearly one million dollars.

 

“This investment in a local Capital Region company is further proof that our region is at the cutting edge of new energy research and development,” said Congressman Tonko. “And we know that these are exactly the types of projects that create jobs and grow our energy security. I congratulate H2Pump on their receipt of this competitive award and look forward to the new jobs and expansion of their business that this investment could bring.”

 

“H2Pump is pleased to be partnering with the Department of Energy to demonstrate the viability of our hydrogen recycling technology in real world applications,” said Mark Sperry, H2Pump President and CEO.  “The award will accelerate our ability to move from the laboratory to the marketplace with the demonstrations providing critical feedback on the readiness of our products.”

 

“Innovations like this demonstrate how American ingenuity and targeted investment can accelerate breakthroughs in the hydrogen industry while driving the clean energy economy forward,” said David Danielson, U.S. Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

 

Over the course of the next two years, this funding will be used to quantify the benefits and value of H2Pump’s latest Hydrogen Recycling System, which could lead to a scaling up of the business and bringing the technology to market at an accelerated pace.

 

Hydrogen is used in numerous industrial applications, including heat treating and semiconductor processing, but is not currently recycled because of the lack of viable technical solutions to do so. H2Pump has developed a unique system to do just that, recovering hydrogen and recycling it back into the original process.

 

Funding will be used to build two systems for use in industrial heat treating applications in order to collect data and real-world customer experience to demonstrate the value of the product. The goal of the program is to expand the test fleet into additional customer environments to accelerate learning and increase the success of a full product launch. This includes feedback from product installation, commissioning, service, support and customer evaluation.

 

# # #

 

 

 



H2PUMP LLC 11 Northway Lane North Latham, NY 12110
P: 518.783.2241 F: 518.783.2241 E: