Waste and energy innovator Sustainable Innovations, Inc. has entered the billion-dollar fuel electric vehicle industry by developing a fast-acting hydrogen (H2) purity sensor.

In conjunction with the University of Connecticut Center for Clean Energy Engineering (UConn C2E2), the sensor can identify impurities in H2 at the low levels outlined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and international standards.

The device is based on electrochemical principles and detects impurities at extremely low levels in H2. If a damaging contaminant is detected, the sensor will send a signal to shut off the dispenser within seconds.

Hydrogen fuel car

As a result, the H2 fuel quality sensor rapidly assesses whether a fuel supply stream is meeting a vehicle’s needs for high performance and reliable operations.

These sensors will be deployed in fuelling stations to provide a go or no-go signal based on impurities.

Dr. Trent Molter, President and CEO of Sustainable Innovations, implored, “Our sensor provides the linkage and important validation for H2 suppliers, vehicle manufacturers and consumers in an electric vehicle industry that is poised to grow hundreds of billions of dollars or greater given the global demand for clean transportation to meet climate goals.”

“We have already shown in laboratory testing that our innovative electrochemical method is capable of accurate, simultaneous detection of the critical contaminants in a H2 supply stream. And our analyses show that the device can be deployed with little cost and very little maintenance,” he added.

The US-based business received a contract award from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to commercially develop the sensors for an undisclosed amount.