One of the first reliable, low cost and easily portable leak detectors has hit the hydrogen market.

Created by Berlin-based Midsun Specialty Products, Inc. (MSP) and US oufit Element One, Inc., the innovation will bring a new visual leak detection technology to industries and companies that create, store and deliver hydrogen.

DetecTape™ employs a patent pending colour changing pigment that is dispersed into a UV protected gas permeable silicone membrane. Within minutes of a gas leak, the highly sensitive pigment reacts with the hydrogen and changes colour from light grey to black, thus allowing inspectors to visually identify leaks.

The technology utilises a self-fusing technique that contains no glues, and instead, chemically bonds itself on contact to prevent extreme condition related adhesive failure.

During a recent visit to the MSP facility, Dr. Sunita Satyapal, Director of Fuel Cell Technologies at the US Department of Energy, emphasised the importance of new technologies like these that improve facility safety and strengthen the reliability of the nation’s growing hydrogen infrastructure.