EMERYVILLE, Calif., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Nanomix Inc., a leading nanotechnology company which is commercializing a line of nanoelectronic sensors for industrial and biomedical applications, today announced that it was issued an additional U.S. patent. The new patent is related to hydrogen storage technology and follows two earlier patents issued to Nanomix in this field. Efficient, high-density hydrogen storage is critical to realizing the promise of practical and cost-effective energy from the emerging fuel cell industry. The new technology largely avoids the current limitations of liquid hydrogen storage. Using novel nano-materials, Nanomix technology advances hydrogen storage systems to meet the performance needs of automotive and portable electronic applications. "We are pleased with our growing patent portfolio in hydrogen storage technology," said David Macdonald, President and CEO of Nanomix. "These advancements allow hydrogen fuel to be stored at a much higher temperature than liquid hydrogen and at a lower pressure than conventional methods, resulting in reduced energy system weight and cost. We are currently seeking an industrial partner for the continued development of commercial and automotive hydrogen energy systems based on the patented technologies." This is the third patent issued (US No. 6,834,508, issued December 28, 2004) in a group of patents that comprise the Nanomix hydrogen storage portfolio. The patent describes the storage of hydrogen using novel nanostructured materials including light elements, so as to permit non-chemically-bound low-pressure storage of hydrogen at temperatures greater than the liquefaction temperature of nitrogen without the energy penalties of metallic hydride storage. This innovation has the potential to make hydrogen storage much more cost effective. The system employs a combination of thermal insulation and an enclosure for the storage and controlled distribution of hydrogen as a high-energy fuel. This largely avoids the storage life limitations, energy penalties, and/or weight penalties associated with liquid hydrogen, metallic hydride and high-pressure gas-phase hydrogen storage. About Nanomix Nanomix is a leading nanotechnology company currently launching a menu of nanoelectronic detection devices combining carbon nanotube electronics with silicon microstructures. These sensors will add value across a broad range of industrial and medical applications where the attributes of nanotechnology -- low power consumption, small size, and high sensitivity offer significant performance advantages and enable unprecedented access to critical information. Founded in 2000, Nanomix is located in Emeryville, California. For additional information, please visit www.nano.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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