HYDROGEN STORAGE AND RELEASE TECHNOLOGY
About NAMËNA Energy
NAMËNA Energy is a Canadian company committed to the development of enabling technologies for chemical hydrogen storage and release. NAMËNA Corp has developed a practical method for the release of on-demand hydrogen from chemical hydride. This method allows the storage and distribution of hydrogen in a safer form thereby limiting the exposure to explosive situations.
Why does Canada and the World want to use hydrogen?
Global demand for energy is increasing rapidly, because of population and economic growth, especially in emerging market economies. Most of this energy is still supplied from fossil fuels such as crude oil and coal. As a result, global warming caused by excessive emission of anthropogenic greenhouse gases such as CO2 has become of serious issues for the severe climate change of the earth. Therefore, the development of clean alternative energy is now of the utmost importance. Among various sources of energy, hydrogen (H2) has the greatest promise to be the replacement for fossil fuels. While H2 is the most abundant element in nature, it must be stripped from water or hydrocarbon (natural gas, oil, or coal). Hydrogen as fuel could be used in fuel cells to generate electric power, heat, and non-toxic water as a by-product or could be combusted in modified engines. This process makes H2 as an environmentally friendly fuel and is expected to become a very important energy carrier.
Major technological challenges to use H2
The transition to using hydrogen will require a solution to several technologically challenging problems in the areas of production, storage, utilization, and infrastructure. The key challenges of these areas are production of hydrogen from renewable resources, development of a viable storage medium, reducing the cost of fuel cells, and development of appropriate infrastructures for distribution of hydrogen to the end users.
Hydrogen storage and release
The use of hydrogen as a source of fuel for fuel cells has been a target of green technology for several decades. Of the major issues to overcome has been the storage and distribution of hydrogen in forms that do not require the use of risky, expensive high-pressure tanks. Therefore, hydrogen storage and release is a key enabling technology for vehicle applications and the advancement of fuel cell technologies. Also, hydrogen storage and release can be used to store energy created by solar and wind intermittent renewable power sources during periods of high availability and low demand, increasing the utilization and benefits of the large capital investments in these installations. The hydrogen storage and release can be used during peak hours, a system backup, or for portable and stationary power generation, transportation, or industrial applications. Therefore, finding a safe and cost-effective storage solution to the hydrogen storage problem is the foremost challenge for hydrogen wide utilization.
LEADING THE FUTURE
With a commercially viable method for on-demand release of chemically stored hydrogen
Our expertise in hydrogenation and dehydrogenation methodologies have allowed NAMËNA to contribute in solving some of the major issues limiting the use of chemical storage technologies for hydrogen such as:
On-demand release of pure hydrogen
Speed of release of hydrogen
Working at ambient conditions
Working efficiently over a large range of temperature (- 40 oC to 50 oC)
Patented Hydrogen Technology for Hydrogen On-Demand Process
- NAMËNA has developed a commercially viable method for on-demand release of chemically stored hydrogen-using borane derivatives and catalyst technologies.
- Our method produces more hydrogen with less waste and greater potential for recycling than any competitor.
- Two distinct chemical systems both with possible recyclable materials and using industrially benign solvent(s) for the hydrolysis reaction.
- Our method allows for quantitative hydrogen evolution under exceptionally mild conditions.
- Our robust highly active catalyst allows for immediate evolution of hydrogen.
- It is the first chemical system able to release rapidly enough hydrogen that can be adapted to drive both fuel cells and internal combustion engines (I.C.E.).