January 11, 2017

East Hartford firm, UConn collaborating on hydrogen vehicle sensor

PHOTO | UConn Today
PHOTO | UConn Today
UConn and Sustainable Innovations Inc. are developing a hydrogen sensor that could help ensure hydrogen vehicle reliability.

East Hartford's Sustainable Innovations Inc. (SI) and UConn's Center for Clean Energy Engineering are developing a hydrogen fuel quality sensor to help ensure reliability of hydrogen vehicles.

The sensor they are designing would rapidly assess whether a fuel supply stream is meeting a vehicle's operating needs. It has been shown in laboratory testing to be highly accurate in its detection of potential contaminants in a vehicle's hydrogen supply stream, said Trent Molter, SI president and CEO.

Within seconds, the sensor sends a signal to shut off the dispenser if a damaging contaminant is detected. The sensor is also cheap and needs little maintenance, he said.

SI has received a $1 million contract award from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a commercial variation of the sensor.

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