Provider of world-class hydrogen generation technology.
Three product lines for stationary and mobile applications.
Licensing business model for lowest cost products and services.
Element 1 Corp Introduction
Frequently Asked Questions
Tell me about e1’s hydrogen generators?
e1’s advanced hydrogen generators produce hydrogen on-site and on-demand. Our designs are modular and highly scalable up to 500 kilograms per day while maintaining their breakthrough economics. In all cases, the product hydrogen is >99.95% pure with <1 ppm carbon monoxide and <1 ppm carbon dioxide.
Why on-site gas generation vs. cylinders or delivered gases?
Delivered gases and cylinders are heavy, cumbersome and often troublesome. Delivered gas supply can be irregular, causing disruptions in production. Bottled gases are also subject to fluctuating prices. If you are in a remote location, bottled gas delivery can also be very costly. On-site gas generation is a safe and cost-effective alternative to traditional gas supply methods.
What are the advantages of e1’s hydrogen generators?
Hydrogen is inexpensive to produce industrially, but expensive to deliver to the end consumer. In addition, compressed hydrogen is heavy, bulky, hazardous, and may be restricted by zoning regulations. In many cases, using cylinders of compressed hydrogen in remote sites is not logistically feasible. “The Hydrogen Challenge” is universal and not bound to a specific region or industry and many companies are facing the same economic, technical and logistical hurdles to introduce hydrogen and fuel cell technology.
e1’s hydrogen generators solve “The Hydrogen Challenge” because they are scalable, reliable, and most importantly affordable. For many applications, using a feedstock of methanol mixed with water, e1’s hydrogen generators can generate hydrogen on-site, on-demand for 50% of the total cost of delivered bulk gas hydrogen, and 30% of the CapEx of competing hydrogen generation solutions.
Tell me about e1’s hydrogen generation technology?
e1 has core IP in small-scale catalytic reactor designs, membrane-based hydrogen purification technology, and control systems. e1’s technology is mature and is in commercial production (under license) in the U.S., Japan, Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong.
How does e1’s technology work?
e1 uses catalytic steam reforming to produce hydrogen. The primary steps occurring within the hydrogen generator are vaporization of the methanol/water feedstock, conversion of the feedstock to syngas (a mixture of hydrogen, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide), and hydrogen purification. The remaining raffinate stream (hydrogen depleted gas) from the purifier is combusted to generate heat for the steam reforming reaction. No additional or supplemental fuel is required to generate heat for the reaction. Exhaust from raffinate combustion is sent to the atmosphere.
What feedstocks can e1 hydrogen generators reform?
e1’s S-Series, L-Series, and M-Series hydrogen generators use an environmentally-friendly, easily-handled, and readily-available feedstock blend of methanol and DI water. e1 also has experience reforming natural gas and bio-gas.