Up, Up, and Away – A Smarter Way to Reach the Air Up There


CryoGas International recently attended a program on clean energy innovation held by the Massachusetts Hydrogen Coalition. The meeting showcased New England hydrogen generation and storage technologies. Proton Energy Systems (www.protonenergy.com), a global leader in hydrogen energy, was among the companies presenting.

In this article, John Speranza, Vice President of Hydrogen Product Sales, looks at on-site hydrogen generation using Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) technology for meteorological applications.

Weather balloons are launched around the world on a daily basis to collect atmospheric data such as pressure, temperature, humidity, and wind speed and direction. With approximately 800 different locations in some of the most remote areas of the world, meteorological organizations conducting upper air observation rely on gases such as hydrogen and helium to elevate weather balloons so they can capture data. There has been much recent debate about which type of gas should be used and what to do so that it is readily available when needed.

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