EMERYVILLE, Calif., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Nanomix Inc., a leading
nanotechnology company which is commercializing a line of nanoelectronic
sensors for industrial and biomedical applications, today announced that it
has been issued two U.S. patents in hydrogen storage technology. Efficient,
high-density hydrogen storage promises to be a practical and cost-effective
energy storage solution for the emerging fuel cell industry. The newly
patented technology largely avoids the current limitations of liquid hydrogen
storage. Using novel nano-materials, Nanomix hydrogen storage systems will
meet the performance needs of automotive and portable electronic applications.
"Our recent progress in hydrogen storage technology is encouraging," said
David Macdonald, CEO and President of Nanomix. "The new patents describe an
easier way to store, transport and deliver hydrogen. These advancements lower
the weight and raise the storage temperature of liquid hydrogen, dramatically
reducing costs. We are currently seeking an industrial partner for the
continued development of commercial and automotive hydrogen energy systems
based on the patented technology."
Patents (Publication No.: US 6,672,077 and US 6,748,748), are the first
patents to be issued from the Nanomix' hydrogen storage portfolio, which also
includes several additional pending applications. The patent describes the low
temperature storage of hydrogen using novel nanostructured materials including
light elements, so as to permit non-chemically-bound low-pressure storage of
hydrogen. Typically hydrogen is stored at 20 K, Nanomix technology makes
storage possible at temperatures greater than the liquefaction temperature of
nitrogen, 77 K. This innovation has the potential to make hydrogen storage
much more cost effective and has been successfully prototyped by Nanomix. The
system employs a combination of thermal insulation and a cold enclosure for
the storage and controlled distribution of hydrogen as a high-energy fuel.
This setup largely avoids the storage life limitations, energy penalties,
and/or weight penalties associated with other technologies for liquid hydrogen
storage as well as high-pressure gas-phase hydrogen storage.
Nanomix is an exciting 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. Founded in 2000, Nanomix is located
in Emeryville, California. For additional information, please visit
www.nano.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE Nanomix Inc.