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.
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.
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