VIASPACE Inc. announced recently that it has shipped 2 of its VIASENSOR HS-1000 humidity sensors, capable of providing real-time measurements of water vapour in hydrogen gas streams, to the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan.

The performance of hydrogen fuel cells using a Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) depends on the moisture level of the membrane and in terms of hydrogen fuel cell research, the Tokyo Institute of Technology is a world leader. The membrane only conducts protons when it is hydrated or moist, with the moisture provided by water vapour in the incoming air or hydrogen stream. Ensuring the right levels within these streams is crucial and the VIASENSOR HS-1000 humidity instrument provides real-time measurements of the amount of vapour.

Carl Kukkonen, VIASPACE CEO, commented, “We are happy to add the Tokyo Institute of Technology to our growing list of VIASENSOR HS-1000 customers. The Tokyo Institute is a world leader in the research and development of hydrogen-based fuel cells, and our demonstration of the HS-1000 several weeks ago at their facility resulted in this order. The HS-1000 is a leading edge, laser-based sensor with considerable improvement in accuracy and response time over other available instruments.”

VIASPACE was founded in 1998 with the objective of transforming proven space and defence technologies from NASA and the US Department of Defence into hardware and software solutions.