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Areas of Expertise - Hydrogen & Hyco



Hydrogen makes up 98% of the known universe, and it is the third most abundant element on the earth's surface. It is a component of water, minerals and acids, and it makes up a fundamental part of all hydrocarbons and organic substances. At atmospheric temperatures and pressures, hydrogen exists as a gas; however, it liquefies at -252.9°C (-423°F). Next to helium, it is the coldest known fluid.

Hydrogen is one of the materials now being considered as an alternative fuel because it is renewable, abundant, efficient, and unlike other alternatives, produces zero emissions. Many believe that this versatile material will become a primary fuel and energy carrier of the future.


Fuel Cells

Hydrogen can produce electricity and electricity can produce hydrogen, creating an energy loop that is renewable and harmless to the environment. Hydrogen combines chemically with most elements, so it has been utilized as an industrial chemical in a wide range of applications for many years. In vehicles, hydrogen can be used as a fuel in two ways: to produce electricity in a fuel cell for the cleanest option; or in an internal combustion engine where emissions are still significantly reduced compared with other fuels. The reforming of natural gas by applying heat is currently the most economical process for producing hydrogen.


Hydrogen Generation Certification for the laboratory

Electrolysis produces hydrogen by using an electrical current to separate water into hydrogen and oxygen. Analytically, it is not the purity of the gas that will guarantee error free laboratory analyses, but the maximum level of impurities that makes the difference. The importance of impurity levels depend on the function of the gas, the sensitivity of the analysis and on the specific detector used. One should select a GC gas and grade most appropriate to your specific analysis i.e. not containing impurities which would affect your analysis or degrade your chromatographic equipment, and have it certified.