New Safety Monitor Leverages H2scan’s Semiconductor-based Gen 5 Technology for an Expected Maintenance-Free 10-year Lifespan; Compact, Low-Cost Sensor Monitors Hydrogen in 0% to 5% Volumes with No False Alarms
VALENCIA, Calif.—H2scan, a leading provider of proven, proprietary hydrogen sensors and products for industrial markets, today announced its plans for a HY-ALERTA™ Gen 5 fixed-area monitor for fast hydrogen-specific leak detection and safety monitoring.
The HY-ALERTA Gen 5 is based on H2scan’s recently announced Gen 5 System for distribution transformer monitoring, a first of its kind small-size, application specific integrated circuit (ASIC)-based hydrogen safety sensor package that includes high accuracy, high end features, and low cost in the industry’s smallest form factor.
The electronics of the HY-ALERTA Gen 5 System is consolidated onto a 4.73 x 4.73 mm, 1.2 million-transistor ASIC. The ASIC, combined in a package with three small 1” by 3” flex boards, allowed H2scan to develop a sensor package that weighs 1 pound, is 5.9 inches long and 1.6 inches wide. The ASIC and small flex circuit boards drive down the cost of the device by 80 percent, when purchased in large volumes.
The HY-ALERTA Gen 5 fixed area monitor provides fast hydrogen-specific leak detection and safety monitoring from 0 percent to 5 percent hydrogen by volume and is capable of operating with or without air/oxygen present. The sensor has no cross-sensitivity to other combustible gases, including carbon monoxide (CO) or hydrogen sulfide (H2S), eliminating false alarms and improving reliability.
Featuring H2scan’s patented auto calibration technology, the HY-ALERTA Gen 5 requires no scheduled maintenance or calibrations and provides a 10-year life expectancy. The semiconductor hydrogen sensor does not wear out, resulting in over three times longer life than competing monitors. The sensor works with off the shelf Modbus compatible transmitters for easy installation and replacement.
The HY-ALERTA Gen 5 is ideal for a wide variety of applications, including:
- Battery rooms – hydrogen monitoring during lead acid battery charging
- Control rooms / analyzer buildings – detection of potentially flammable hydrogen buildup in occupied areas
- Laboratories – general hydrogen safety monitoring
- Alternative energy – hydrogen refueling station safety monitoring or fuel cell and electrolyzer leak monitoring
- Hydrogen-cooled generators and turbines – leak detection during operation
- Industrial gas supply and hydrogen production – leak detection around hydrogen storage facilities and pipes
- Furnaces and manufacturing – area monitoring for unburnt hydrogen
- Semiconductor manufacturing
“Combustible gas detectors calibrated for hydrogen can falsely report hydrogen alarms due to the presence of other gases, such as carbon monoxide from engine exhaust, solvents or other sources,” said Dennis Reid, President, CEO and Founder of H2scan. “The HY-ALERTA Gen 5 will provide end users and OEMs with a low cost, small footprint, accurate, fast response and long-life safety monitor with no false alarms, no calibrations with no maintenance needs. No other technology can compete against the precision, performance, and no maintenance that we can offer in this Gen 5-based platform.”
The HY-ALERTA Gen 5 System is rated for temperatures up to 125 degrees Celsius. The system features three user-configurable 5A/240VAC relays. Analog input is 4-20 mA and input voltage is 12-28 VDC (24V typical)
The HY-ALERTA Gen 5 System communicates to a central monitoring console using the Modbus serial protocol over an RS485 network. The system has a built in AC/DC power supply. Optional interfaces include wireless, Ethernet and highway addressable remote transducer (HART).
Safety certifications include UL, c-UL, ATEX, IEC Ex, FM, KOSHA, Russia, China and SIL2-capable.
Prototypes of the HY-ALERTA Gen 5 Safety System are in beta tests with selected H2scan customers. H2scan will produce the product in sampling volumes starting in the third quarter of 2019, with high volume production expected in by the end of the year.
About H2scan Corporation
H2scan was founded in 2002, and has its headquarters, sales, production and marketing staff in Valencia, California. The Company provides the most accurate, tolerant and affordable hydrogen leak detection and process gas monitoring solutions for industrial markets. H2scan enables the accurate monitoring and control functions for a wide range of applications, including control systems, safety monitoring and alarm systems. H2scan also provides portable, handheld configurations for easy leak detection and monitoring. H2scan supplies its hydrogen process analyzer and hydrogen leak detectors to utility, petrochemical, refinery, and gas line companies, nuclear power plants, fuel cell, petroleum and other industrial organizations through distribution, or long- term supply agreements. H2scan helps its customers meet safety, regulatory and process control requirements while doing critical hydrogen monitoring. H2scan’s customer base includes some of the largest manufacturing enterprises in the world including: General Electric, DOD, ABB, Siemens, ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, NASA, Proctor & Gamble and more.
The company’s solid-state technology was developed at Sandia National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy. H2scan now holds 27 patents on its core technology, software and electronics and its products are sold in over 50 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.h2scan.com.