H2scan, a California-based provider of leak detection and process gas monitoring solutions, has opened an Environmental Conditioning Lab for its HY-OPTIMA™ hydrogen analyser products.

The new lab gives H2scan the capability to expand its production and deliver customised products to refineries and petrochemical facilities, replacing a remote lab which could only be used for standardised products.

The lab features four gas lines with adjustable gas concentrations that can be used to condition specialised products, and two additional fixed-concentration gas lines for expanded conditioning of standardised products.

“This lab gives us flexibility to develop products that is unmatched in the industry,” said Somesh Ganesh, Director of the Lab and Senior Director of Advanced Development for H2scan.

“The ability to certify hydrogen sensing in the presence of 50% carbon monoxide (CO) and 5% hydrogen sulphide (H2S) is unheard of in the industry and means new alternatives for our refinery and petrochemical customers.”

HY-OPTIMA products are used in process applications to ensure production optimisation of oil and petrochemical products.

The sensor is recognised for background monitoring of hydrogen in the presence of H2S and CO gases at predetermined concentrations with no interference to the hydrogen (H2) reading.

The lab is used to ensure that the sensors are conditioned to provide accurate hydrogen indication in the presence or absence of these gases. 

“This expanded lab has already paid dividends in increasing production and streamlining our product delivery process, allowing us to cut our backlog and shorten delivery times,” said Mike Nofal, H2scan Vice-President of Sales and Business Development.

“With this resource, H2scan is one of the most agile players in this market and we have room to expand as the company grows.”

The lab features a scrubber system to eliminate noxious gases and an exhaust hood that eliminates the possibility of a gas leak into the facility. Gas sensing alarms are installed to detect any leaks in the facility.

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