Industrial

The hydrogen demanded to satisfy the need of industrial processes is increasing. Proton's space-saving hydrogen generators are safe, reliable and easy to permit, install and operate. The units maximize budget flexibility and optimize operational efficiency.

Power Plant

Hydrogen for Power Plants

Hydrogen is an effective cooling agent in electric generators. Power plants must maintain optimal gas purity and pressure inside the generator casings to ensure generation efficiency, operational safety and equipment reliability. Featuring a fully-automated design, Proton's complete power solutions employ PEM technology to generate hydrogen that maximizes generator capacity, extends generator lifespan and reduces overall costs at plant sites worldwide. 

Hydrogen Uses: generator coolingpurity control

Benefits 

  • Safe
  • Reliable
  • Convenient
  • Cost-Effective
  • Space Saving

 

Hydrogen In Action

Hydrogen for Power Plants

Pictured: H6 hydrogen generator feeds power plant hydrogen gas demand.

Semiconductor

Hydrogen for Semiconductor Fabrication

Semiconductor processes require a high purity, cost-effective hydrogen supply. On-site hydrogen generators safely produce ultra high purity, pressurized hydrogen gas via Proton Exchange Membrane water electrolysis. These solutions make an abundant supply of hydrogen available to your process, yet store virtually zero hydrogen inventory. Hydrogen generated on-site provides semiconductor facilities extra flexibility and ease of compliance compared to stored flammable gases. More importantly, these generators provide hydrogen for semiconductor processes at a far lower cost than similar quality hydrogen purchased in cylinders. 

Hydrogen Uses: annealingepitaxy, nitrogen purifier regeneration, MOCVDPECVD 

Benefits 

  • Safe
  • Reliable
  • Convenient
  • Cost-Effective
  • Space Saving

 

Hydrogen In Action

Hydrogen for Semiconductor Fabrication

Pictured: C10 generating hydrogen for semiconductor fabrication process.

Meteorology

Hydrogen for Weather Balloon Filling

Hydrogen has been widely adopted as a lift gas to replace helium in meteorological processes due to its dual advantages of low cost and reliable sourcing. Requiring only electricity and water, Proton’s hydrogen generators safely and efficiently produce hydrogen where and when you need it. The units are rugged and well-suited for remote locations where delivered lift gas supply may be problematic. Compared to alternate hydrogen supply methods, on-site hydrogen generators are compact, have no hazardous chemicals and require minimal maintenance, ensuring the highest on-stream time. 

Hydrogen Uses: balloon filling

Benefits 

  • Safe
  • Reliable
  • Convenient
  • Cost-Effective
  • Space Saving

 

Hydrogen In Action

hydrogen for meteorology

Pictured: S20 hydrogen generator filling weather balloons.

Material Processing

Hydrogen for Heat Treating

Hydrogen is commonly used as a reducing atmosphere in many material thermal processing applications. In comparison to delivered and stored hydrogen, dissociated ammonia and exo or endo gas, Proton's PEM hydrogen generation systems produce high purity, dry hydrogen for use pure or blended with inert gas. On-site gas generation offers a safer alternative to other hydrogen sources. When paired with generated nitrogen, Proton’s comprehensive on-site gas generation solutions entirely eliminate the need for delivery and storage of hazardous gases. 

Hydrogen Uses: heat treating, powder processing, powder metallurgy, welding, brazing, thermal spray, glass processing, crystal growth, hermetic sealingMIMcoatings

Benefits 

  • Safe
  • Reliable
  • Convenient
  • Cost-Effective
  • Space Saving

 

Hydrogen in Action

H Series Hydrogen Generator Material Processing

Pictured: Proton OnSite H4 hydrogen generator serves annealing equipment.

Chemical Processing

 

Hydrogen for chemical processing

Hydrogen is widely employed in petroleum, food and pharmaceutical industries. Hydrogenation processes and other hydrogen-using chemical operations can benefit from turnkey gas sources that provide a safe, pure gas supply at desired process pressures. Proton's hydrogen generation systems are load-following and  can be relied on to produce hydrogen that meets varied flow needs. These units are expandable through a modular design with the intention of suiting a broad selection of process requirements and increasing demand over time.  

Hydrogen Uses: hydrogenation, catalytic atmosphere, isotope separation, argon purification and purifier regeneration 

Benefits

  • Safe
  • Reliable
  • Convenient
  • Cost-Effective
  • Space Saving

 

Hydrogen In Action

H Series Hydrogen Generator Chemical Processing

Pictured: H Series hydrogen generators serve hydrogenation process.

 

Leak Detection

hydrogen for leak detection

Helium leak detection is regularly employed to test hermetic seals in fabricated assemblies. However, the increasing cost of helium, and desire to avoid wasting a strategic and limited resource, is driving a switch in leak detection gas to a blend of 5% hydrogen and 95% nitrogen. A smart alternative to test for hermeticity, this non-flammable leak check blend is an ideal source of leak check gas that can be produced at its point of use, offering a safe and cost-efficient means of leak sniffing. Relying on a blend of hydrogen and nitrogen ensures that components maintain the integrity of their seal. 

Benefits 

  • Safe
  • Reliable
  • Convenient
  • Cost-Effective
  • Space Saving

 

Hydrogen In Action

hydrogen for leak detection

Pictured: S40 generating hydrogen to create a leak detection gas blend.

 

Lower Flammability Limit (LFL) Detectors

Hydrogen for LFL

Many coating operations require flammable solvent detection to verify vapors will not jeopardize process safety. Lower flammability limit detectors (LFL) or explosimeters rely on hydrogen fuel gas to operate this sensitive solvent detection. Ironically, many plants source hydrogen from delivered cylinders, storing flammable gas to operate the detection equipment that they are using to maintain site safety. Proton's on-site hydrogen generators keep these facilities free of flammable solvent vapor by providing a safe, reliable LFL fuel gas supply on demand. These generators eliminate the need to store hydrogen for such processes. 

Benefits 

  • Safe
  • Reliable
  • Convenient
  • Cost-Effective
  • Space Saving

 

Hydrogen In Action

Hydrogen for LFL

Pictured: G4800 generating hydrogen for LFL testing.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to identify which generator is right for me?

When determining which generator will suit your operation best, the important criteria to define is the following:  

  1.  What is my minimum total gas flow rate? 

  1. What is my minimum output pressure? 

  1.  What is the minimum level of purity required?

What to consider when purchasing a generator? (budget, purchase cycle)

When purchasing a gas generator, one must consider  

  1. Placement- where do I want my gas generated located? 

  1. Power- what power is required to run the generator? 

  1. Water supply- is DI water readily available or will I require a system? 

  1. Ventilation- what ventilation is available at my location? 

  1. Budget- what is my budget? 

  1. Purchase Cycle- when do I need the gas generator?

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 solution to traditional gas supply methods.

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