H2scan Introduces Intrinsically Safe Gen 5 Hydrogen Sensor Family for Hazardous Location Applications

[VALENCIA, CALIFORNIA] – [June 26, 2024] – H2scan, a leader in hydrogen sensing for over 20 years, introduces the intrinsically safe (IS) Gen 5 Hydrogen Analyzer Series, a family of self-calibrating, solid-state sensors designed for hazardous location applications. For the first time, H2scan’s proven Gen 5 self-calibration technology, which ensures long-term accuracy and maintenance-free operation, is incorporated into a robust analyzer ideal for process, safety and the rapidly growing hydrogen economy applications.

Analytical instrument OEMs and end users who need to measure hydrogen concentration can leverage the benefits of the IS Gen 5 to improve hydrogen process efficiency and provide higher reliability systems to ensure the safety of their staff and assets.

Going for Zero to Achieve More

At the core of the IS Gen 5 is H2scan’s proprietary, robust solid-state analyzer that self-calibrates to maintain long-term accuracy for 10 years. This innovation eliminates hydrogen-related maintenance requirements and associated operating costs compared to traditional hydrogen analyzer systems that often require periodic maintenance, reference gases or replacement. The IS Gen 5 analyzer offers:

  • No false alarms from cross-sensitivity to other gases
  • Low total cost of ownership
    • Zero manual calibration requirements
    • Zero maintenance
    • Zero consumables like calibration gases
    • Zero sensor replacements with up to 10 year operational lifespan
  • 100% continuous monitoring
  • Daisy-chaining capability
  • Multiple interface standards and alarm outputs
  • Ideal for leak detection in areas with space constraints

“The IS Gen 5 family achieves our goal to offer a new generation of IS sensing for the safety and effectiveness of the hydrogen economy, expected to grow to $1.5 trillion by 2050,” said David Meyers, H2scan CEO. “The IS Gen 5 offers a groundbreaking 10-year solution in a small, robust package that is easy to integrate into applications and comes with analog, digital, and alarm outputs. This new product leverages our core hydrogen-specific technology, proven in over 1.3 billion hours of sensing in demanding industrial applications.”

Products and Target Applications and Markets

The IS Gen 5 safety products will join the company’s HY-ALERTA brand (model 5320), and the process products will be under the HY-OPTIMA brand (models 5331, 5332, 5333 and 5334). The five products are designed to address a broad range of applications, including:

  • Hydrogen production and distribution (e.g., electrolyzers, hydrogen and natural gas blending, pipeline leak detection)
  • Hydrogen facility and energy storage area safety monitoring
  • Refining and petrochemical process monitoring
  • Chemical process monitoring

The HY-OPTIMA 5332 is particularly well-suited for electrolyzer safety applications. Electrolyzers use electricity from energy sources like solar, wind, or nuclear to break down water into hydrogen and oxygen. The analyzer’s ability to measure hydrogen in the high-temperate, high-humidity process stream without the need for calibration shutdowns makes it a highly desirable safety analyzer in this growing market segment.

H2scan will showcase its new IS Gen 5 Product Family in booth 257 at the Hydrogen Technology Conference on June 26-27, 2024 in Houston, Texas.

About H2scan

H2scan is a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance hydrogen sensing solutions, dedicated to delivering the most reliable industrialized sensing solutions to OEM partners, distributors, and end customers globally.

The company’s latest Gen 5 solutions offer unparalleled accuracy, maintenance-free operation, and cost-effectiveness in hydrogen sensing. Trusted by industry giants like ABB, Siemens, ExxonMobil, Shell, and Procter & Gamble, its products are integral in shaping the new Hydrogen Economy for a clean, secure, and affordable energy future.

H2scan products are also used by utilities for transformer fleet asset management, by the chemical industry to optimize hydrogen processes, and for safety monitoring in enclosed areas susceptible to hydrogen leaks and energy storage charging out-gassing and other similar hydrogen sources.

Built on solid-state technology pioneered at Sandia National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy, H2scan boasts 44 patents covering its core technology, software, and product innovations.

Learn more at www.h2scan.com.

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