MHT. Hy9 Corp, a producer of membrane and fuel processing systems, is to provide membrane technology for ExxonMobil’s on-board fuel cell reformer project.

Exxon Mobil Corporation is partnering with QuestAir Technologies, Plug Power Inc. and Ben Gurion University with plans to commercialise an on-vehicle hydrogen production system for use in a fuel cell-powered lift truck application.

While the initial work may only be carried out on forklifts, it may have far-reaching consequences as the partners seek to bring such technology to passenger vehicles.

Plug Power will seek to commercialise technologies developed by ExxonMobil, QuestAir Technologies and Ben Gurion University that take liquid fuels, such as gasoline, diesel, ethanol or biodiesel, and convert them into hydrogen onboard the vehicle.

The on-vehicle hydrogen fuel system comprises of an advanced reformer developed by ExxonMobil and hydrogen separation, using QuestAir Technologies’ Rapid Cycle Pressure Swing Adsorption system. Sulphur is controlled by an ExxonMobil proprietary S-Trap, developed in conjunction with Ben Gurion University.

Dr. Emil Jacobs, Vice President of R&D at Exxon-Mobil Research and Engineering, is believed to have suggested that onboard reforming in passenger vehicles could be 80% more fuel efficient than current engine technologies, and cut CO2 emissions by 45%.