Nanomix Receives Additional U.S. Patent in Alternative Energy Storage

Hydrogen Storage for Vehicle and Fuel Cell Power

Jan 13, 2005, 00:00 ET from Nanomix Inc.

    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.
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