Sustainable Innovations bags contract to deliver helium recovery system to NASA


Sustainable Innovations (SI), a waste and energy innovator, has bagged a contract to supply a commercial-scale helium (He) recycling system to NASA.

SI’s Helium Recovery System (HRS) selectively removes hydrogen (H2) from the He purge gas used in rocket fuelling operations, with the He expended then recovered and recycled.

At the centre of the HRS technology is SI’s H2RENEWTM – an electrochemical system that separates and compresses H2, which can then also be reused in industrial applications such as specialty metals and semiconductor processing.

H2RENEW, which is based on a proton exchange membrane (PEM) platform technology, is currently under commercial development, with the system delivered to NASA defined as Phase I. 

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