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H2Pump gets $1.8 million grant

Latham company H2Pump LLC received $1.8 million from the state to help demonstrate how its hydrogen recycling systems can reduce cost and save energy.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority funds will help the company install six of its devices at four sites around New York: Rome Strip Steel in Rome, Pall Corporation in Cortland, the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, and one additional site to be determined.

H2Pump LLC was founded in 2005 with the goal of providing low-cost recycled hydrogen, which can be used in industrial applications like metal heat treating and semiconductor fabrication.

The H2Pump system captures, purifies and recirculates the hydrogen used during these industrial processes. Typically, the hydrogen is released into the atmosphere after a single application, according to the NYSERDA news release. But the H2Pump technology allows up to 90 percent of that hydrogen to be recovered, purified, pressurized and returned for reuse. This significantly reduces the cost of the hydrogen needed, as well as the use of petroleum and any subsequent emissions from production and transport.

"This demonstration program will provide essential field operational data and validation as we progress toward the commercial launch of our hydrogen recycling solutions," said H2Pump CEO Mark Sperry in the release. "We are thankful to NYSERDA and welcome the opportunity to establish partnerships with new customers and engineering firms."

The system, known as HRS-100, will be manufactured by Zeller Corp. in Rochester. Over 18 months, a "best practices" guidebook will be developed to help promote proper use of the technology. Third-party commissioning engineers will install, operate and document the benefits.

In November 2012, H2Pump LLC received a nearly $500,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Fuel Cells Program to help bring these systems to market over two years.

As business grows for H2Pump, it plans to add employees to its current 15 full time and three part time staff.

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