Element 1 Corp (e1), developer of hydrogen (H2) generation technology, has signed a Purchase Contract with Blue-G New Energy Science and Technology Corporation (Blue-G), a clean energy company based in Beijing.
The Purchase Contract is for e1 to deliver a H2 generator designed to provide up to 500 litres per minute of high-purity H2, and because it is operated on-board fuel-cell-powered electric buses and logistic vehicles, there is not a dependency on stationary H2 fuelling infrastructure.
The on-board H2 generator, based on e1’s patented technology, converts a mixture of methanol and water to high-purity H2. Blue-G will integrate the H2 generator into fuel-cell buses, targeting customers in China.
e1s’ CEO, Dave Edlund, said, “Fuel cells have become a very important component of China’s five-year plan to invest in clean energy, with Blue-G playing a leading role in fulfilling the vision of China’s Hydrogen Economy. We are impressed with the traction Blue- G is achieving in the China market, and look forward to working closely with the Blue-G team. e1’s innovative technology offers unique and compelling engineering design advantages, while also providing scalability and multiple form factors.”
Dr. Edlund concluded, “This announcement follows July’s announcement to develop a 100 kg per day H2 generator for China’s fuel cell bus refuelling stations, and May’s announcement to form a joint venture to commercialise fuel cell systems for China’s telecom market. e1 is committed to China, and its rapidly growing H2 economy.”
Ronald Lee, CEO of Blue-G, said, “Integrating a methanol H2 generator into fuel cell bus systems is another technology challenge with promise to enhance fuel-cell bus applications using an alternative and convenient method of supplying H2 fuel. However, sophisticated control technology applied to the system is required. Through a joint collaboration programme with e1, we hope to add this innovative technology and products into fuel cell deployments within two years.”
The successful delivery of the first H2 generator is expected to lead to a license agreement between e1 and Blue-G in 2018.